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Quick Turkey Giblet Broth

Yield: Yields about 3-1/2 cups.

Don’t throw away the neck and giblets that come with your turkey. They can be turned into a tasty broth that makes a classic pan gravy. There’s no need to simmer the broth for hours, either. Sweating the meat and onion in a little oil before adding water jump-starts flavor extraction, so your broth is ready in just about an hour. You can make the broth up to three days ahead.

Want more Thanksgiving recipes and tips? Visit our Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner and you can watch a quick video to learn how to make this aromatic broth.


  • Turkey neck, gizzard, tail, and heart
  • 2 Tbs.  vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 rib celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 large sprigs each fresh thyme and flat-leaf parsley
  • 8 to 10 black peppercorns

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per cup
  • Calories (kcal) : 90
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 80
  • Fat (g): 8
  • Saturated Fat (g): 1
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 310
  • Carbohydrates (g): 0
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 2


  • Chop the turkey neck into three to four pieces with a cleaver. Chop the gizzard in half. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the turkey neck, gizzard, tail, and heart (don’t use the liver) along with the onion and 1/2 tsp. salt. Stir to coat with oil, cover, and cook gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally; the meat will release lots of juice.
  • Add 4 cups cold water and the carrot, celery, bay leaf, thyme, parsley, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, cover, and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Simmer until the broth is flavorful, 30 to 40 minutes. Strain the broth and use immediately or let cool. Pick the meat from the neck and tail to add to the gravy along with the chopped gizzard and heart, if you like.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • tracey62179 | 11/27/2020

    Had to write a review this year. I’ve been using this recipe for 5 faithful years. It’s easy and delicious! I use it in my stuffing and making gravy!

  • rhay00007 | 10/05/2013

    This turkey was awesome.

  • CooknJim | 11/24/2011

    Basic, easy and excellent

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