November 21 is National Stuffing Day, which is timely of course as Thanksgiving, the day when stuffing gets center stage, comes a few days later. I’m betting that some of you still need an excellent stuffing recipe for your family celebration. I’m here to help with an updated collection of delicious gluten-free stuffing recipes. Or would they be considered dressing recipes? There are clear definitions of each but most of us don’t worry about them. We use the labels that we learned growing up whether they’re technically correct or not.
You will want to check out all these flavorful options! Do a quick—or leisurely—scroll to find the one that will work best for you and your family.
PIN so you can be sure to have the best gluten-free stuffing for your holiday table!
There are “just gluten-free” recipes but also gluten-free and dairy-free, paleo, keto, Low FODMAPS, and recipes. There are recipes made using bread (homemade—traditional, French bread, and sourdough—or store-bought), recipes made using mushrooms, long grain and wild rice recipes, cornbread recipes, cauliflower recipes, chestnut recipes, quinoa recipes, recipes with the “pop” of cranberries and/or apples, recipes that include oysters, and even my “surprise” stuffing recipe made from tortilla chips!
There’s stuffing made in a baking dish, which you spoon out, but also stuffing muffins, ramekin stuffing cups, and stuffing balls that work as perfectly-sized individual portions. And there’s even a recipe for DIY Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix, which allows you to make one of three variations—depending on the flavor(s) you and your family are craving.
Before we go on, what actually is the difference between stuffing and dressing anyway? Technically, stuffing recipes are defined as those that are stuffed in the cavity of the turkey and baked as it bakes. Dressing recipes are made from the same sort of ingredients but are served as a side dish instead, aka “dressing” for the turkey.
Again, I’m pretty sure that most of us use those terms interchangeably though—and that’s okay with me.
What’s truly important is that the stuffing or dressing we serve is really good. Company-worthy. Holiday-worthy.
There are so many stuffing and dressing preferences. I’m sure you have yours. Ingredients, appearance, and even the smell of stuffing all matter to those who have to have their stuffing during the holidays! But, thankfully (pun intended), I think we’ve covered a wide range of all of those factors in the recipes I’m sharing today.
Unfortunately, we still can’t offer smells—or bites—via websites. You actually have to make the recipe to see if it meets your personal requirements.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering—and this information is very, very important—you cannot safely eat a turkey in which gluten-full stuffing was used. Simply say “no, thanks” when offered that turkey.
By the way, the same is also true of the famous beer can chicken. You can only eat the chicken in that case if the beer that’s used is gluten free; i.e., made from only gluten-free ingredients (not “gluten-reduced” or “gluten-removed” beer—neither of which have the gluten actually reduced or removed, respectively, and are not safe for those who eat gluten free for medical reasons; their processing only makes the gluten in them very difficult to detect via standard gluten testing).
Now let’s get to one of the quintessential recipes for the holidays! Enjoy your stuffing and Happy Thanksgiving!
Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipes (Including Gluten-Free Dressing Recipes)
~ Best Ever Paleo Stuffing from Zenbelly ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, paleo, primal
~ Bread Stuffing from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
~ Bread Stuffing Muffins Cups from Edible Perspective ~ gluten free, sugar free, vegetarian
~ Chestnut Stuffing from Gluten-Free SCD and Veggie ~ gluten free, vegetarian, SCD~ Cauliflower Stuffing from And Love It, Too! ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, paleo, primal, keto, vegetarian, vegan
~ Cornbread Sausage Stuffing Balls from Everyday Gluten-Free Gourmet ~ gluten free
~ Cornbread Stuffing from My Gluten-Free Kitchen ~ gluten free with vegetarian option
~ Cornbread Stuffing with Curried Apples and Cranberries from Gluten-Free Goddess ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan
~ Cranberry Apple Stuffing from Elana’s Pantry ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free
~ Crunchy Long Grain and Wild Rice Dressing from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, with dairy-free, egg-free, vegetarian, and vegan options
~ DIY Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix from Fearless Dining ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian
~ Easy Ramekin Stuffing Cups from My Gluten-Free Cucina ~ gluten free
~ Easy Quinoa Stuffing Recipe from Simply Quinoa ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
~ Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Stuffing from Mama Knows Gluten Free ~ gluten free, dairy free
~ Grain-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing from Against All Grain ~ gluten free, grain free, sugar free, primal
~ Heirloom Chestnut Stuffing from Better Batter ~ gluten free, with dairy-free option
~ Herbed Cornbread Thanksgiving Stuffing from Jeanette’s Healthy Living ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
~ Keto “Cornbread” Stuffing from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations ~ gluten free, grain free, keto, with vegetarian option
~ Keto Sausage Stuffing from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, grain free, keto
~ Paleo Bread Stuffing from Predominantly Paleo ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, paleo, primal
~ Skillet Cornbread Dressing from Paleo Spirit ~ gluten free, refined sugar free
~ Low-FODMAP Turkey Dressing from Delicious As It Looks ~ gluten free, Low FODMAP
~ Make-Ahead French Bread Stuffing from Tasty Eats At Home ~ gluten free
~ Mushroom-Sage Stuffing from Renegade Kitchen via Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free (use gluten-free option), dairy free, vegetarian
~ Mushroom Stuffing from Fearless Dining ~ gluten free
~ Oyster Sourdough Stuffing from Tasty Yummies ~ gluten free (Note: This Bountiful Bread Basket recipe collection includes two recipes for gluten-free sourdough bread.)
~ Paleo Bacon Cornbread Stuffing from Gluten-Free Fix ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal
~ Paleo Challah Bread Stuffing from Predominantly Paleo ~ gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, paleo
~ Paleo Cranberry Flax Stuffing from Healthful Pursuit ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free
~ Paleo Sausage and Herb Bread Stuffing (Low-Carb, Nut-Free) from Tasty Yummies ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal
~ Paleo Stuffing with Coconut Flour Bread Chunks from Healthful Pursuit ~ gluten free, keto, paleo
~ Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing from A Girl Worth Saving ~ gluten free, paleo, primal, keto
~ Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing from Cook Eat Well ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal
~ Perfect Bread-Free Stuffing from Ricki Heller ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan
~ Perfect Homemade Stuffing Made in a Crockpot from A Year of Slow Cooking ~ gluten free (be sure to use gluten-free bread option), with vegetarian option
~ Perfect Thanksgiving Stuffing from Tessa the Domestic Diva ~ gluten free, dairy free, with egg-free, vegetarian options
~ Sausage, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffing from Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free (use gluten-free options), dairy free
~ Slow Cooker Cornbread Stuffing from A Year of Slow Cooking ~ gluten free (be sure to use gluten-free cornbread option), with vegetarian option
~ Slow Cooker Sausage Stuffing from Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free (be sure to use gluten-free option)
~ Stuffin’ Muffins from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ gluten free
~ Stuffing Muffins from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free (use gluten-free option), with dairy-free option
~ Surprise Tortilla Chip Stuffing from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, with vegetarian option
~ Thanksgiving Stuffing from Fork and Beans ~ gluten free, vegetarian
~ Thanksgiving Stuffing from GF Jules ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
~ Traditional Stuffing with Parsley, Sage, and Thyme from Allergy Free Alaska ~ gluten free, dairy free, with vegetarian option
~ Vegan Cornbread Stuffing from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
~ Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing from Healthful Pursuit ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free
~ Wild Rice with Sausage and Mushrooms Stuffing from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, keto, low-carb, with dairy free option (note: always ensure canned stock is gluten free)
Originally published November 20, 2018; updated December 23, 2022.
Lynne Lopes says
Thanks so much Shirley for the yumminess! Going to hubbys Christmas dinner soon & that reminded me to call the restaurant & discuss the menu. Never would have thought of it otherwise & they’re having a turkey dinner! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!!
Shirley Braden says
Hi Lynne—You’re welcome, of course! Compiling all these stuffing recipes made me hungry! I also love the idea of the stuffing muffins. I’ve seen them called “stuffins.” 🙂
I, too, have a Christmas dinner for my husband’s company coming up. It’s a place we’ve been several times over the years and I’ve never had an issue but I will call them a few days ahead of time to make sure there are options or I’ll eat something at home before I go. They’ve always had safe choices for me—and delicious ones at that, though—so I don’t expect it to be an issue. I hope you learn that they can accommodate you safely with no issues!
Thanks so much for the Thanksgiving wishes! Hope you and your family have a special Thanksgiving as well!
So many wonderful idea! I love the chestnut and the cauliflower stuffings. Since I don’t make Turkey ( vegetarian) I don’t usually make stuffing- but what a great idea to stuff a squash with a holiday stuffing.
Your gluten free roundups are great resources and fun. Have a happy and gluten free Thanksgiving
Shirley Braden says
I’m so glad you appreciated those “alternative stuffing recipes, Judee. I say “alternative” but I actually believe chestnut-based stuffings have been around a long time. My late mother-in-law would make stuffing using chestnuts grown on her tree. And, yes, so many vegetarian foods can be stuffed, which makes for fun and deliciousness.
Thanks as always for the sweet feedback! Our Thanksgiving was just wonderful. Hope yours was as well!
Thanks so much, what a find! We did sausage stuffing this year, our first year without Pepperidge Farm! It was very good, but it got soggy after a few days so we baked it and voila! My husband did all the cooking, I was very unwell for Thanksgiving and am not yet recovered. So that’s what I’m thankful for this year, his support. He worked really hard on the stuffing, so I’m going to share this with him.
Shirley Braden says
Hi Angelica–First, welcome to gfe! I’m so sorry you weren’t well for Thanksgiving and are still not well but I’m so happy that your husband was able to step in for Thanksgiving this year. Sausage stuffing sounds good to me! (By the way, I have to admit that I, too, was a big fan of Pepperidge Farm stuffing back in the day.) When you’re all well next year (fingers crossed you’ll be well much sooner than that, of course), I hope you’ll find another recipe in this post that you—or your husband!—want to try!
Take care and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!
What a wonderful round up of many different choices! Thank you for putting it together!
Shirley Braden says
You’re welcome, Natalie! So glad you’re finding this roundup helpful! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂