November 21 is National Stuffing Day, which is timely of course as Thanksgiving, the day when stuffing gets center stage, comes right after. 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’ve always used 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.
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 rice 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 and stuffing balls that work as perfectly-sized individual portions. And there’s even a new 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 our stuffing or dressing 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. Just say no 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 (not gluten reduced or gluten “removed” beer—neither of which are safe for those who eat gluten free for medical reasons—but truly gluten-free beer that’s made from only gluten-free grains).
Now let’s get to one of the most quintessential recipes for the holidays! Happy Thanksgiving!
Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipes (Including Gluten-Free Dressing Recipes)
~ 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
~ 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 Quinoa Stuffing Recipe from Simply Quinoa ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
~ 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 Sausage Stuffing from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, grain free, keto
~ 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 Stuffing from Fearless Dining ~ gluten free
~ 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 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 Cook Eat Well ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal
~ Perfect Thanksgiving Stuffing from Tessa the Domestic Diva ~ gluten free, dairy free, with egg-free, vegetarian options
~ Stuffin’ Muffins from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ gluten free
~ 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
~ 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 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 November 6, 2021.