How to Make Your Gravy Less Salty Using Our Test Kitchen's Simple Trick

So you just finished making a rich pan gravy from your roasted turkey or chicken but think the gravy is too salty. Learn how to make gravy less salty to keep your dinner menu on track (without wasting any food).

When it comes to the holidays, you can't host a proper feast without all the trimmings. In most cases, this includes a large boat of gravy to go alongside the centerpiece roasted turkey or chicken and mashed potatoes. But what happens if you go in for a taste test only to find the from-scratch pan gravy too salty to serve your guests? Not to worry, our Test Kitchen has an easy fix for how to make gravy less salty. Read on to find out the pantry ingredient that can reduce the saltiness in your gravy. This works for any rich gravy, including chicken gravy or giblet gravy.

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How to Cut Saltiness in Gravy

When making turkey gravy (or any pan gravy), avoid making your gravy too salty by waiting to add any salt until the end. The pan drippings from the bird, along with any added broth, may be enough to properly season the gravy. If you've tasted it and it's already too salty, here's an easy trick on how to make gravy less salty:

  • Chop a small potato and stir it into the gravy. Continue to stir and simmer the gravy for about 15 minutes, then remove the potato pieces. The potato will absorb the excess salt. Taste before serving.

There you have it! Now you know how to fix salty gravy when you're in a pinch to avoid any of those precious pan drippings going to waste. If the gravy becomes too thick during the extra cooking time or if you think the gravy is still a bit too salty, add a small amount of water to the pot. Want to upgrade your homemade gravy game? Try our bourbon and cider pan gravy recipe.

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