These flavorful gluten free dinner recipes keep dinnertime exciting without making it feel like you’re giving anything up!
In a world that seems to revolve around gluten, it’s sometimes hard to see that some of the most delicious recipes can be naturally gluten free! Whether you’re eliminating gluten for medical reasons or as a personal preference, here are a selection of delicious and crowd pleasing gluten free dinner recipes to make dinnertime delicious. These recipes are colorful and satisfying: they don’t make it feel like you’re giving anything up! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do: let us know in the comments below.
First up in our gluten free dinner recipes: enchiladas! Using corn tortillas makes these enchiladas gluten free, and MAN are they delicious! The artichoke filling is a stroke of genius: it gives a meaty, almost chicken-like texture and flavor—which makes these vegetarian enchiladas super satisfying for meat eaters. They’re also stuffed with quinoa so they’re a filling, satisfying vegetarian and gluten free main dish. The recipe calls for making a salsa verde out of fresh tomatillos: if you’re running low on time, you can substitute 2 cups of purchased salsa verde as a shortcut.
This wild rice soup is pretty darn incredible, if we do say so ourselves. It's creamy, it's cozy, it's savory: yet somehow, it's made 100% of plants. Yes, this is secretly a vegan wild rice soup (don't tell anyone). But after you make it, you'll swear that somehow a little heavy cream got mixed in. It's perfectly seasoned, and you might not be able to stop eating it (we weren't!). Per my sister: "This is really the best soup ever."
One of our most popular gluten free dinner recipes is this spaghetti squash pad Thai! It's just like your favorite Thai takeout, but using spaghetti squash for the noodles instead. It's got a tangy, zesty sauce, lots of crunchy veggies, and is topped with peanuts and lots of cilantro. Use either our Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash or Roasted Spaghetti Squash methods for the noodles!
Here's the fastest gluten free dinner recipe around: our Epic 5 Minute Tacos! Can dinner really be made in 5 minutes? We'll let you find out for yourself. These tacos feature our chorizo-style eggs, which materialize into a meaty flavor and texture before your eyes. Top with salsa fresca, cilantro and hot sauce, and prepare to be amazed!
With no exaggeration, these are one of the best lettuce wraps we’ve ever had! The combination of guacamole, spicy chipotle black beans, and mango salsa is an explosion of flavor and textures. For a vegetarian lettuce wrap, they’re surprisingly filling. These lettuce wraps are chock full of vegetables and accommodate many diets. They’re one of our favorite gluten free dinner recipes! To cut down on prep time, buy your favorite guacamole at the store instead of making our homemade guacamole (though of course it’s absolutely worth it if you have the time!).
Here’s one of our most crowd pleasing gluten free dinner recipes: sweet potato chili! This chili is loaded with savory flavor and three types of beans. It also has a healthy spin, loaded with vegetables like sweet potatoes, which are a superfood high in nutrients. And, it’s so, so delicious, with added complexity from chili secrets like cocoa powder and balsamic vinegar. The recipe makes enough for a huge pot, so it’s good to feed a crowd (we’re of the opinion that chili should only be made in massive quantities). Garnish with all the fixins’ and enjoy.
This shrimp boil in the oven is an easy way to make a shrimp boil on a weeknight: no large pot or fire required! Making this recipe on a sheet pan makes it quick and easy. The veggies become browned and caramelized, salty and seasoned with the nuance of cozy Old Bay seasoning, and the shrimp come out perfectly tender. This one is a crowd pleaser, making it a hit in our best gluten free dinner recipes.
This spinach artichoke red rice casserole combines the gooey, comforting essence of spinach artichoke dip with the nourishing, whole grains of red rice! You could certainly substitute other types of rice or gluten free grains like quinoa in this casserole, but we love the contrast of the bright red rice against the green spinach. It also has a unique, nutty flavor. Accessorize it with a salad and you’ve got a hearty and delicious gluten free dinner recipe.
Next up in our gluten-free dinner recipes: our Moroccan cauliflower soup! This soup has been made by many readers and gets rave reviews! It’s both healthy and tasty, featuring cauliflower that is roasted until lightly charred in a very hot oven. Then it’s blended with onion, carrot and Moroccan spices into a silky puree: think cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. For the garnish, a bit of the roasted cauliflower, green onion, and a drizzle of olive oil. This vegan soup is pretty simple, full of nutrients, and of course, gluten-free! Serve with a salad and almond crackers for a filling meal.
This shrimp and mango salad recipe is drop-dead delicious: the sweet mango, creamy cilantro dressing, salty cashews, and savory shrimp work together beautifully. Second, it’s an incredibly healthy main dish with so many flavor components you could slide it past resistant healthy eaters. And third, it’s one of our most versatile gluten free dinner recipes, perfect for a crowd of various diets. Omit the shrimp for a vegetarian salad, and load up on cashews; it’s already gluten free and naturally low carb!
Next in our gluten free dinner recipes: bibimbap! Bibimbap is a Korean rice bowl full of pickled vegetables, savory sauce, and a runny egg, all stirred together into delicious savory goodness. This vegetarian bibimbap bowl is an interpretation of the original flavors, using quinoa instead of rice. Topped with quick pickled carrots and radishes, a super savory gochujang sauce, green beans, and topped with a fried egg, this bowl is bursting with flavor. If you’re up for a traditional Korean take, try our Homemade Dolsot Bibimbap.
Another fantastic concept for gluten free dinner recipes: stuffed sweet potatoes! And this healthy baked sweet potato recipe with Moroccan lentils is exceptional. The sweet potatoes are baked until moist and tender, then topped with Moroccan-spiced lentils featuring cumin seeds, cinnamon, paprika and harissa. To top it all off: a creamy lemon tahini sauce brings it all together. The vibrant sweet potatoes against the savory spiced lentils are the perfect match: drop-dead delicious!
This Thai salad is another gluten free main dish salad that’s super satisfying! The crunchy vegetables and warm, crisp-sauteed tofu are drizzled in an addicting creamy peanut sauce dressing, then topped with peanuts, cilantro, and lime. If you’re not a tofu fan, try substituting sauteed chicken, shrimp, or cooked and shelled edamame for the protein. As it stands, this Thai salad is gluten free, vegan, and dairy free, so it works for a variety of diets as well. There’s a lot going on in this bowl, since the more varied and interesting the flavors and textures of a salad, the more satisfying it is.
And last up in our gluten free dinner recipes: this potato corn chowder! It was inspired by a $1 bag of end-of-season corn from the farmer’s market. We wanted to create our own vegetarian potato corn chowder recipe that was healthy, full of vegetables, and filling. Milk and butter stand in for richness instead of cream, and in our vegan version (below) blended cashews bring creaminess. It’s a fantastic corn chowder that’s bursting with flavor and not too heavy.
Rice noodles are made from rice flour, making this noodle bowl a perfect gluten free dinner idea! This noodle bowl is everything that’s great about a spring roll, in bowl form. There’s crisp veggies, tender noodles, crunchy peanuts, and a zingy Sweet Garlic Lime Sauce infuses a gingery, citrusy goodness throughout. This recipe works for weeknights or entertaining (and it saves well for lunches).
Note: While most dry rice noodles are gluten-free, some fresh rice noodles can contain wheat flour. Make sure to check the package just to be sure!
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.