This Gluten-Free Stuffing recipe is a holiday season classic with minimal prep time. It's made with a single loaf of gluten-free bread, onion, and celery soaked in turkey stock and the perfect blend of herbs, then baked until crisped and golden.
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Is there anything more exciting than a Thanksgiving table that's packed full of all the best recipes for the holiday season?
And, of course, you can't have a full Thanksgiving table without traditional stuffing. Well...mostly traditional. Technically this recipe is a gluten-free dressing because we don't stuff it into the bird. But either way, this is a gluten-free version.
This gluten-free Thanksgiving stuffing recipe is packed full of savory flavors and delicious textures, takes no time at all to prepare, and will have everyone wondering where you got the recipe!
While I prefer this easy gluten-free stuffing recipe, I do have a delicious gluten-free cornbread stuffing recipe that is made with homemade GF cornbread that is worth checking out.
📖Why This is the Best Gluten-Free Stuffing
Quick Prep Time - Just 5 to 10 minutes of hands-on time before you're popping this in the oven. You do not have to saute the veggies or toast the bread with this recipe! It seems odd but my family has been making this for years. And we have plenty of converts!
Deceptively Flavorful - Despite minimal ingredients, this recipe is exceptionally flavorful. This is going to be everyone's favorite stuffing recipe. It really is that good!
Make-Ahead - You can even prepare your stuffing in advance to get ahead on holiday cooking. Check out the "Storing Leftovers" section below for make-ahead instructions.
This classic recipe made gluten-free is made with just a few basic ingredients! Here's what you'll need:
If you're not using gluten-free bread, feel free to use regular white sandwich bread.
Eggs - Eggs help bind everything together to form more of a casserole.
Veggies - We're using the classic stuffing duo of onion and celery.
Turkey Stock - I keep it classic with turkey stock, but you can use chicken stock or make it vegetarian with vegetable broth. Keep in mind that the broth you use will dramatically impact the flavor so use a good brand you like.
Butter - You'll need butter to grease the pan and chop it into small pieces to sprinkle over the top of the stuffing before baking. This adds delicious flavor and helps the bread get nice and golden.,
Seasonings - A simple combination of kosher salt, black pepper, loads of ground sage, and a pinch of thyme gives our stuffing the perfect flavor.
Add fresh herbs. If you like a little extra herby flavor, try adding freshly chopped rosemary, sage, and parsley.
Use another type of bread. Any bread of your choice will work for this recipe, as long as it's chopped into bite-sized pieces.
Make it dairy-free. Simply use vegan butter or dairy-free margarine in place of the regular butter.
- Chopped apples
- Cooked and crumbled sausage
- Add cooked and ½ diced butternut squash
⏲️How to Make Gluten-Free Stuffing
Here is a quick overview of what goes into making this delicious gluten-free stuffing!
Scroll to the recipe card below for the full instructions and ingredient amounts.
Step 1 - Mix the Ingredients
Start by buttering a small casserole dish or loaf pan and tearing or cutting the bread into 1-inch pieces.
Add the bread cubes to a large bowl along with the minced celery and onion, seasonings, and whisked eggs. Toss everything to coat the bread evenly with the egg and seasonings.
In a small pan, bring your turkey stock or chicken broth to a simmer. Once simmering, pour the stock evenly over the bread to moisten. You may need more or less broth but it should be least warm when added to the bread.
Step 2 - Assemble and Bake
Transfer the bread mixture into the prepared baking dish, then use a spatula to gently push everything down into the dish.
Cut 3 tablespoons of butter into smaller pieces, then sprinkle those over the top of the stuffing in the pan.
Bake at 350ºF until the top is golden brown.
🥗What to Serve with Gluten-Free Stuffing
Gluten-free stuffing is an excellent addition to a holiday meal, so I love to serve it alongside any classic Thanksgiving dinner recipes!
Here are some of my favorite gluten-free recipes to pair with this tasty side dish:
- Roast Turkey with Sage and Orange
- Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole
- Potato Souffle and gluten-free gravy
- Cranberry Salad
👩🏻🍳 Expert Tips
Chop the celery and onion into small pieces. There's no need to sauté them, but you do want the pieces pretty small so the texture isn't overpowering. They add a nice crunchy contrast in texture to the souffle-like stuffing.
Bake immediately once the stuffing is assembled. The longer it sits, the soggier the bread will get. We want it to soak in the flavor of the stock, but not get mushy.
You do not need to toast the bread, but it is fine if it's a little bit stale.
The GF bread needs to be defrosted but doesn't need to be stale. If the bread is moist you can spread the pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast for 5 to 10 minutes. This will dry out the bread a little.
Feel free to double or triple the recipe and use a larger baking dish if you're feeding a crowd. Keep in mind that a larger casserole will take longer to heat through.
Leftover gluten-free stuffing can be stored in an airtight container or in the baking dish wrapped tightly in plastic wrap in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Be sure to let it cool completely to room temperature before storing.
To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge if frozen, then bake, covered, in the oven at 350ºF until heated through.
To prepare in advance, assemble the casserole as directed, then cover and bake for just 25 minutes. Cool completely, then store in the fridge. When reheating, add the butter and bake uncovered until heated through.
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💭 Frequently Asked Questions
No, boxed stuffings are generally designed for stovetop cooking methods. With a made-from-scratch recipe, you know exactly what's going into it.
Plus, it's ready with just 10 minutes of prep—no more difficult than putting together a box stuffing mix!
Traditionally, yes. The main ingredient in stuffing is bread. So, unless that bread is gluten-free, then stuffing does contain gluten.
Luckily, with this recipe for homemade gluten-free stuffing
in your back pocket, you'll know exactly what you're contributing to your next Thanksgiving dinner.
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Easy Gluten-Free Stuffing (Dressing)
- 1 loaf gluten-free white bread sandwich style bread
- 1 cup celery finely chopped
- ¾ cup yellow onion finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground sage round up a little
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 cup turkey stock or chicken broth
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter plus more for the pan
- Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees. Butter a small casserole dish or loaf pan an set aside.
- Tear the bread into 1 inch pieces and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the celery, onion, seasonings and whisked eggs. Toss to coat the bread pieces.1 loaf gluten-free white bread, 1 cup celery, ¾ cup yellow onion, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, ½ teaspoon ground sage, ½ teaspoon black pepper, 3 eggs, ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- In small pan bring your stock or broth to a simmer. Pour evenly over the bread stirring to moisten.1 cup turkey stock
- Transfer the stuffing mixture to your greased baking dish. Gently push down on the mixture with a spatula. Top with the butter (cut into pieces).
- Bake for 45 minutes or until the stuffing is set and top is golden brown.3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- Do not sauté the onion and celery but be sure to chop into small pieces. They add a nice contrast in texture to the souffle-like stuffing.
- You do not need to toast the bread but it is fine if it is a little stale.