This 100% gluten-free blog has hundreds of recipes — but I’ve rounded up the TOP 25 reader and family favorite Thanksgiving recipes into one convenient post!
Each one of these recipes is TRIED-AND-TRUE. I hope you find a recipe you love too!
Table of Contents
- Top 10 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- Top 5 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Pies
- Top 10 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts (Non-Pie!)
- What Can Gluten-Free People Eat on Thanksgiving?
- How Can I Make Sure My Food Is Safe for Gluten-Free Guests?
- Tips for Making Gluten-Free Meals
- MORE RECENT THANKSGIVING RECIPES
Top 10 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes
I have dozens of gluten-free side dishes on my website, but if I had to narrow it down to my TOP 10 gluten-free thanksgiving sides, these are my picks!
Top 5 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Pies
If you’re gluten-free, you can definitely eat pie on Thanksgiving. Here are my TOP 5 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Pie recipes!
Top 10 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts (Non-Pie!)
Here are my TOP 10 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts. All of these recipes are reader and family favorites!
What Can Gluten-Free People Eat on Thanksgiving?
There are many dishes gluten-free people can enjoy on Thanksgiving. In fact, many of the best holiday dishes are naturally gluten-free! (Like turkey, potatoes, and green beans, and fruit salad.)
I’ve come up with tasty gluten-free versions of other Thanksgiving dishes, such as gluten-free stuffing, pie, and rolls. No matter what you have in mind for Thanksgiving, it can probably be made gluten-free.
Just remember, if you’re not sure if an ingredient or dish is gluten-free, it’s always best to check the ingredients list or label. For example, regular turkey is gluten-free, but stuffed turkey is not.
If someone else made the recipe, ask them exactly what is in it before you add it to your plate. Better safe than sorry!
How Can I Make Sure My Food Is Safe for Gluten-Free Guests?
If you’re serving gluten-free guests this Thanksgiving, it’s important to take extra precautions to avoid cross-contamination. Even a gluten-free dish could be unsafe for your guests with Celiac disease, if it mixes with gluten ingredients.
Here are some tips to help ensure your food is safe for gluten-free guests:
- Clean surfaces as you go. A clean kitchen will help you stay organized and less stressed, but it will also prevent ingredients from cross-contaminating.
- Bake in advance. If you’re baking gluten-containing desserts or side dishes, bake those recipes a day or two in advance, and then clean thoroughly afterward.
- Use separate serving spoons/trays. Serve gluten-free dishes on their own trays or in their own bowls. Use dedicated serving spoons or forks for those items, and make sure they don’t get use to serve gluten dishes.
Tips for Making Gluten-Free Meals
- Watch out for bottled and boxed foods: Many shelf-stable foods have additives that contain gluten. If you’re buying store-bought rice pilaf, canned beans, etc., read the label to make sure it’s gluten-free.
- Use gluten replacements: If you’re baking a recipes that typically requires gluten, the meal won’t come together without it. Gluten makes things stick together, so you’ll need to replace it with gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, or guar gum.
- Make your own dressings and sauces: Like other shelf-stable foods, many store-bought salad dressings and sauces contain gluten. While you can buy gluten-free versions, it’s usually cheaper (and tastier) to make your own!
- Some ingredients are naturally gluten-free: Don’t stress! Some of the most basic dinner ingredients are naturally gluten-free, such as plain meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, fruits, legumes, cheese, eggs, and nuts.
It depends. An unstuffed turkey is typically gluten-free, although it’s always best to check to see how it is prepared. A stuffed turkey is not gluten-free, since stuffing is made with wheat flour.
No, a person with Celiac disease should avoid eating a stuffed turkey, since it is typically stuffed with bread made of wheat flour. If you know that the turkey was stuffed with gluten-free stuffing, then it’s probably okay!
There are many alternatives to turkey that would work great as a Thanksgiving main dish, such as salmon, pork tenderloin, or steak. If you want to avoid meat, consider making lasagna, a vegetable pot pie, or butternut squash soup.
Your Thanksgiving dinner can include as few or as many sides as you’d like. Most people serve around three or four side dishes, such as stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and salad.
Turkey is by far the most popular Thanksgiving food, followed by mashed potatoes and pie.
I hope you like these gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes as much as we do! Be sure to check out my full collection of gluten-free thanksgiving desserts.
If you try any of these recipes, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!