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Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Gravy

How to cook pressure cooker gravy this year for Thanksgiving or Christmas! If you’re ready to use your Instant Pot, Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi during the holidays to make our pressure cooker turkey recipe, make this too!


Pressure cooker gravy tastes great and is so easy to throw together. Save room on your stovetop this year and make it all in your new multi cooker! As you know we share a lot of easy Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom and this one was a real winner for dinner. 😉 (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Gravy

We usually make this onion gravy recipe on the stovetop but thought it should use the same pot for a change. After cooking our turkey in it we had lots of drippings to make this popular sauce to serve on top.

We’ve even made an Instant Pot frozen turkey breast before. Yep, comes out amazing. Any drippings work pretty darn well and worth thickening up rather than throwing them out. I mean you get something wonderful out of it for nothing.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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How to Make Instant Pot Gravy

You can use any brand of machine you might have at home. IP is one of the most popular but Crockpot Express and Ninja Foodi will work this same way. Now we’re completing the dish with how to cook Instant Pot gravy too!

If you have a family recipe you MUST use then add your own ingredients of course and just use our timing. Of course if you need help with making a rich and flavorful pressure cooker gravy recipe, we have an easy one to try too. Find this and more on our Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes post.

I will start by saying I am not a HUGE gravy lover, but I know others like it a lot so I do make it if I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner.

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Instant Pot Gravy Recipe

After you have cooked your turkey there will be a lot of wonderful juices left in your pan or pot…do NOT throw these out, this will be the base to your Instant Pot turkey gravy. You can do the same thing to make this with chicken juices too. It is golden what is left in that pot y’all.

If you made a turkey in your Instant Pot then there’s no need to transfer the juices into your pot, saves you a step and another pot you will have to clean. 😉 Bonus…..

Pressure Cooker Gravy Ingredients

That is really all you need. It is up to you how much, if any, salt and pepper you add depending on your taste.

  1. Juices from your cooked turkey
    1. or make chicken dripping gravy
  2. Cornstarch
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. Cold water

Need Help Thickening Gravy

I suggest not adding a lot of seasonings and taste your turkey gravy after it is all done, then you can adjust to your liking. We use cornstarch, added into a bowl with cold water until smooth to thicken it. You want to start slowly as adding too much will make it hard to thin and make it more bland. Flour is another substitute, or arrowroot for a gluten free option.

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Instant Pot Gravy without Drippings

You can do the same thing starting with turkey or chicken broth. I typically don’t add salt during the saute step because the turkey juices already have a lot of flavor.  Plus it is hard to tell just how salty the gravy is until after it has cooled a bit. I’d rather under salt than add too much and ruin the whole batch.

Plus everyone has their own preference as far as that goes. I’d rather leave it up to the individual person to choose their seasonings. Believe me, the juices have tons of flavor as is. Same goes for crockpot gravy too.

How to Save Leftover Instant Pot Turkey Gravy

You will want it to cool completely. Then transfer into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. This is great to add to the top of leftover meat or even Pressure cooker cornbread to add moisture and flavor when reheating to enjoy again.

How do you reheat leftover gravy?

You can either heat in the microwave for about 1 minute stirring halfway thru or in a pot. On the stovetop will give you a more even warmth and you can adjust the thickness by whisking in additional broth until it is perfect. It will thicken in the fridge so you will want to thin out when reheating.

Other Thanksgiving recipes you may be interested in if you’re ready to really put your pressure cooker(s) to use this year may be our perfectly cooked Instant Pot spinach or pretty bundt cake version of our Instant Pot corn casserole recipe.

Or if you want to make this without the drippings of your Thanksgiving meal, I would make our Instant Pot sausage gravy recipe here. That can be enjoyed all year long.

Instant Pot Sausage Gravy recipe

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Pressure Cooker Gravy

How to cook pressure cooker gravy & turkey this year for Thanksgiving or Christmas! If you’re ready to use your Instant Pot during the holidays we can help. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword gravy, instant pot, pressure cooker, turkey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 25kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Cook pan juices on saute mode in your Instant Pot for 2-3 minutes. Bring to a boil (can do the same on your stovetop on medium heat).
  • Mix cornstarch and cold water together in a small bowl until smooth, then whisk into your pan juices.
  • Whisk together until gravy is smooth, add salt and pepper to taste.


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Gravy
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 25
% Daily Value*
Sodium 401mg17%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Monday 9th of May 2022

So simple, but perfect! Thanks so much.


Saturday 7th of May 2022

It came out perfect. I love that I can use my Instant Pot!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 7th of May 2022

so glad it was a hit


Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Do you have to skim the fat off first?

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

That is preference, I do.

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