It’s Thanksgiving month! Yay! I love Thanksgiving and I’m hosting my family gathering this year! Let’s talk about a popular vegetable for Thanksgiving—green beans–and what most of you think of when anyone mentions green beans and Thanksgiving in the same sentence. Specifically, gluten-free Green Bean Casserole recipes.
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Yes, green beans usually star in green bean casseroles during the holidays. You probably already know that the classic recipe for green bean casserole is not gluten free but that info always bears repeating. The equally important thing to know if you’re a green bean casserole lover is that it’s easy to make a gluten-free version.
Again, if you’d like to do that. Let’s face it. When it comes to green bean casseroles, I’ve found that opinions are usually pretty divided. Some won’t touch this classic holiday recipe and others absolutely adore green bean casserole.
Where do you stand on this important issue? I’m hoping that most of you who are reading will be in the latter category because I’m sharing an updated listing of over 20 Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole recipes with you today. But if you’re not a fan of the typical green bean casserole, I’m also giving you other delicious ways to enjoy green beans—non-casserole type recipes—on Thanksgiving. Because we need to ensure we’re eating some veggies in addition to all that pie, right? Plus, I have a confession. My family has come to love one of these green bean recipes that is not a casserole. You’ll have to read on to learn which one!
If you’re making your Thanksgiving menu, now is the time to check out these recipes and add one to your menu plan. If you are a person who likes to try recipes first, obviously, you still have time to make one of these recipes.
I know that some readers also like to make Green Bean Casserole again at Christmas or on New Year’s Day. And let’s face it there’s nothing wrong with enjoying Green Bean Casserole—or any excellent green bean dish for that matter—any time of the year!
Plus, I’m sharing some recipes for the “parts” of the casserole today—homemade French fried onions and from scratch “cream of” soups. And I’ll reiterate that if you are a gfe reader who loves green beans, but prefers them in non-casserole form, I’ve got some other wonderful recipes for you as well! Personally, I like some of them far better than the classic Green Bean Casserole recipe.
First, before we get to the recipes, just to err on the side of caution, I want to remind you once again that the traditional green bean casserole recipe, the one made with Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup and French’s Fried Onions, is not gluten free because both of those particular ingredients contain gluten. Some recipes also include soy sauce, which, of course, is also not gluten free.
If you use soy sauce in your recipe, that one is an easy fix, of course. Simply use gluten-free soy sauce or gluten-free tamari. Or you can use coconut aminos, which are a gluten-free and grain-free option that I’ve personally come to prefer over soy sauce.
There are some brands—sometimes even store brands—that offer a gluten-free Cream of Mushroom Soup. During the first few years of being gluten free, I sought out and used those soups. Later I substituted Progress Creamy Mushroom Soup and left out the milk in the recipe because Progresso’s soup offers a less “gelatinous” base and is a larger can (18.5 ounces versus 10.5 ounces) so milk was not needed.
If using a ready-made Cream of Mushroom Soup today, I’d most likely go with Pacific Natural Foods brand, which comes in 12-ounce cartons. (I refuse to personally consume any General Mills’ products because their “gluten-free” Cheerios continue to make so many ill.)
The French Fried Onions were still an issue, but gfe reader/friend Dena said that she’d used Funyuns as a substitute with good success. So I used those a couple of times and they worked pretty well. Funyuns are not something I normally eat, but once a year, they work just fine.
Several years ago, the news broke that ALDI was offering gluten-free French Fried Onions as part of its Live GFree line. I shared the news on my gfe Facebook page and, goodness, folks got excited!
Admittedly, I was even excited. Sometimes convenience is really nice! Plus as soon as I shared the info, some trusted gluten-free friends shared their reviews and they were really good!
All Live GFree products are certified gluten free to less than 20 ppm by the National Safety Foundation.
One blogger friend, Amanda of A Few Shortcuts, was gracious enough to share the ingredients label of ALDI’s French Fried Onions (shown below) with me.
As you can see, the ingredients are onions, vegetable oil (canola and palm), buckwheat, and salt. Despite its misleading name, buckwheat is a naturally gluten-free grain. It’s actually in the rhubarb family, but its grain-like seeds make it a great grain-free option.
With buckwheat, one does still have to be concerned about cross-contact with gluten grains (just as one does with mainstream oats). That’s why the fact that this product is one of ALDI’s certified gluten-free products is important.
For those who don’t have an ALDI nearby, Dena and another reader, Becky, shared that they’d found another brand of gluten-free French Fried Onions at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. That brand was Top Taste.
Top Taste is a product of Holland. (The ALDI French Fried Onions are also a product of Holland.) You can see this product here. Some grocery stores (e.g., Wegmans, HEB) carry it. The ingredients are: “Onions, Vegetable Oil (Canola & Palm), Buckwheat, Salt.”
Sprouts has gluten-free French fried onions with exactly the same ingredients under their own label. (Incidentally, their brand of gluten-free French-fried onions is also available on Amazon.) You know what that makes me think!
Now there are even more gluten-free French Fried Onion Rings since I last updated this post. Check many of them out here. There’s even a keto French Fried onion option!
I also thought I’d go ahead and share all the phenomenal Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole recipes that exist that don’t use store-bought French-Fried Onions because not all of us can eat the ingredients in them due to additional food intolerances.
I’ve even read where some folks substitute Ore Ida Tater Tots for French-fried onions when making their green bean casserole. Ore Ida is the originator of Tater Tots and officially only their brand of these much-loved, round potato items can be called Tater Tots. Thankfully, they’re gluten free!
More recently, I’ve learned that some folks like to use potato sticks in place of French-fried onions as their casserole topping. I love that idea! You’ll see one such recipe below. Utz brand potato sticks are gluten free (as I write this) and other brands are as well but always read labels for ingredients as ingredients in products often change.
As I said earlier, I’m also featuring recipes for the “parts” of Green Bean Casserole and several other fabulous green bean recipes.
All of these recipes focus on using fresh ingredients and they also offer options for folks who need to be dairy free, vegan, paleo, etc. I truly love finding recipes that can put family favorites back on the table for everyone.
Thankfully, our gluten-free blogging community always delivers in that regard! Keep reading and find a new favorite and please have a great and safe Thanksgiving!
Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole Recipes
~ Best Green Bean Casserole from A Girl Worth Saving ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, paleo, primal
~ Best Paleo Green Bean Casserole from Predominantly Paleo ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, paleo/primal, vegetarian~ Cheesy Green Bean Casserole from Mama Knows Gluten Free ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, vegan options
~ Dairy-Free Green Bean Casserole from Flo and Grace ~ gluten free, dairy free
~ Green Bean Casserole with Easy Homemade Onion Rings from GF Jules ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, vegan options
~ Green Bean Casserole from Better Batter ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free
~ Green Bean Casserole from Flippin’ Delicious ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
~ Green Bean Casserole from Gluten Free Fix ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, vegetarian
~ Green Bean Casserole from Gluten-Free Happy Tummy ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, paleo, SCD, BED, with egg-free, vegan option~ Green Bean Casserole from Pamela’s ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian
~ Green Bean Casserole from Simply Gourmet ~ gluten free, egg free, sugar free
~ Green Bean Casserole, New and Improved from In Johnna’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, egg free, sugar free, with dairy free, vegan options
~ Green Bean Casserole with Homemade French Fried Onions from Oatmeal with a Fork ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, with dairy-free, vegan options
~ Grown-Up Green Bean Casserole from A Year of Slow Cooking ~ gluten free (be sure to use one of the gluten-free options), egg free
~ Homemade from Scratch Green Bean Casserole—No Cans! from Tessa the Domestic Diva ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, paleo option
~ Keto Green Bean Casserole from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian, keto
~ Keto Green Bean Casserole with Bacon from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, paleo, primal, keto
~ Sauteed Green Beans and Mushrooms with French Fried Onions from Allergy Free Alaska ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan
~ Paleo Green Bean Casserole from And Love It, Too! ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, with vegan option
~ Vegan Green Bean Casserole from Cotter Crunch ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan, with low-carb option
~ Vegan Green Bean Casserole from Fork and Beans ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegan, with grain-free, paleo, primal option
Recipes for Gluten-Free French Fried Onions and Homemade Gluten-Free Condensed Soup
Gluten-Free French Fried Onions Recipes
~ Crispy Onion Straws from Simply Gourmet ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
~ French Fried Onion Strings from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegan, paleo, primal
~ Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free French Fried Onions from Flo and Grace ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
~ Gluten-Free French Onions from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom ~ gluten free, egg free, with grain-free, dairy-free, vegan options
Homemade Gluten-Free Condensed Soup Recipes
~ Gluten-Free Magic Mix for Making Condensed Soups from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom ~ gluten free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian
Condensed Cream of Soup Recipes made from Heidi’s Magic Mix
~ Gluten-Free Condensed Cream of Mushrooom Soup
~ Gluten-Free Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
~ Gluten-Free Condensed Cream of Celery Soup
~ Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup from Flo and Grace ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
~ Homemade Condensed “Cream of” Soup from Gluten-Free Homemaker via the Wayback Machine ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, grain-free, paleo, vegan options
And gfe reader/friend Dena to the rescue again as she tells me that this Cream Soup Mix recipe is her go-to choice. “I keep this on hand at all times. I love being able to whip up any flavor cream soup-ish thing in a heartbeat.” (Always ensure ingredients such as chicken bouillon granules are gluten free.)
Other Gluten-Free Green Bean Recipes Worthy of Your Holiday Table
~ Air-Fryer Roasted Green Beans from Fearless Dining ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, primal, keto
~ Citrus-Kissed Holiday Green Beans from Back Porch Paleo ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo/primal
~ Garlicky Green Beans from My Gluten Free Cucina ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan
~ Garlicky Green Beans with Onions Stir Fry from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free (use gluten-free option), grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, low carb
~ Garlic-Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, low carb
~ Green Bean Amandine from Gluten-Free Homemaker via the Wayback Machine ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, sugar free, with dairy-free, vegan option
~ Green Bean Salad with Balsamic Reduction Sauce from Gluten Free A to Z ~ gluten free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, vegan option
~ Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, low carb
~ Green Beans with Tahini and Lemon from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, low carb
~ Keto Green Bean Salad from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, low carb, keto
~ Lemony Green Beans from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, low carb
~ Moroccan Green Beans with Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette from The Perfect Pantry ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegan, paleo, primal
~ Peruvian Green Beans with Red Onions and Tomatoes from Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free (use gluten-free option), grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
~ Roasted Garlic Green Beans with Lemon and Parmesan from Edible Perspective ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, vegetarian, primal
~ Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms from Wheat Free, Meat Free ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegan, paleo, primal
~ Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper with Garlic and Ginger from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegan, paleo, primal (Update: Kalyn updated this recipe and added another red bell pepper for extra color. I’ll stick with one red bell pepper for Thanksgiving but perhaps go for two when serving this dish at Christmas. My family and I absolutely love this recipe!)
~ Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian
~ Sauteed Green Beans with Mushrooms and Caramelized Leeks from Tasty Yummies ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegan, paleo, primal
~ Spicy Szechuan Green Beans from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free (use gluten-free option), dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan, low carb
~ Toasted Almond Green Beans from Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free
~ Thanksgiving Green Bean Salad with Blue Cheese, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans from Kalyn’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian
Originally published November 24, 2015; updated December 14, 2022.
[email protected] Gluten Free A-Z Blog says
Wow! what an incredible resource for finding the right gluten free products for Thanksgiving. I had no idea there was such a thing as GF onion rings. What a find! In addition, all the recipes look amazing. I think I’ll go with the sauteed string beans mushrooms and caramelized leeks. Happy Thanksgiving to all..
Hey Judee–Thanks so much for the kind feedback! It’s amazing how much info we gather over the years and gf readers/blogger friends are always willing to share their finds. Together we can know what is out there if we want to use ready-made options. 😉 The recipe you have selected does look fantastic! I love that there are enough choices to make everyone happy. 🙂 Hope your Thanksgiving was great! Hard to believe it’s behind us now!
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Green bean casserole has always been one of my favs too Shirley! Who knew that by making it from scratch it is elevated to a whole new level?! Thanks for including my recipe, I am off to share this all around!!
Tessa–Ours, too, although I’ve been favoring the non-casserole recipe of Kalyn’s—the one with ginger, red bell pepper, and garlic—the last few years. Unfortunately the green beans at my grocery store didn’t meet my standards this year, so we didn’t have any green beans this Thanksgiving. We did have plenty of everything else so we fared just fine though. 😉
I agree that your and the other “from scratch” recipes definitely elevate green beans to a whole new level. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this roundup all over, dear! I hope your family’s Thanksgiving was simply wonderful!
What a great roundup, Shirley. After 15 years of making other versions of green beans at Thanksgiving, I’m going back to a more traditional casserole this year using homemade cream of mushroom soup ( adding cooked mushrooms to my cream of chicken soup recipe) and ALDI’s onions. Thanks for including my recipes. I’ve added this to my Buffer queue.
Thanks, Linda. Your comment is proof that we don’t have to do the same thing every year and that new products can make things different and easier. It’s really nice that the ALDI French Fried Onions are also grain free. I bet your casserole was a big hit with your family! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving in the beautiful setting at your family’s home! Last, I really appreciate you sharing this post with so many others. 🙂
Ina Gawne says
Shirley, I must admit to never being a fan of green bean casseroles, however, after seeing this post there are some pretty enticing photos and recipes here. I could yet become a convert!
Ina–I truly believe there are some recipes here that will work for your style of cooking/eating! 🙂 I know you’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving, but I hope you’ve had a wonderful November and are getting primed for the beautiful holiday season. 😉
Ina Gawne says
I wish you and yours the very best with the upcoming Christmas season too Shirley…hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! 🙂
Thanks, dear! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are already getting geared up for Christmas. 🙂
Hi Shirley. Oh my goodness…this is such an amazing round up. WOW! Look at all those lovey green bean recipes. Love-love.
Thank you for including my green bean casserole recipe. I NEED to get a better picture on that post…ha ha. Someday. Anyway, always an honor to get a shout out from the amazing Shirley.
Have a fabulous Thanksgiving. Big hugs. -Am xoxo
Hi Amber–These recipe do highlight the glory of green beans, don’t they? I kept being amazed as I found new and wonderful recipes! Including yours, of course. 🙂 Often the best recipes don’t have the best photos. Put “getting a better picture” on your “to do” list for when life settles down. 😉 Yes, haha. I have plentyof those recipes.
Hope your Thanksgiving was grand! Ours was for sure!! xoxo,
While I am sure the Pilgrims didn’t have this casserole on their table, it’s always a favorite at our house. I love making this and love finding new ways to make the recipe. Thanks for sharing these options!
Hey Steve–I’m guessing the Pilgrims didn’t have green bean casseroles because they just didn’t know, you know? 😉 As Maya Angelou said, “when you know better, you do better,” right? However, I think they did pretty well with oysters, turkey, corn, and the rest of the fare that was available to them. 😉 Glad you enjoyed this roundup. I was so impressed with all these recipes that I found!
Hope you all had a truly wonderful Thanksgiving! So happy to have you back in the gluten-free blogging community once again at The Grateful Celiac!
April J Harris says
My family adores green bean casserole so I’m really happy to see your post, Shirley! I also like the recipe for the homemade French Fried Onions! Stumbled & shared. Thank you so much for bringing this post to the Hearth and Soul Hop.
Hi April–Thanks for all the sharing! Some of those homemade French Fried Onions are downright mouth watering, aren’t they? All the casseroles look really great, even the non-traditional green bean dishes!
Alisa Fleming says
This is awesome and thank you for including me Shirley! I totally missed it before Thanksgiving, but will still share!
My pleasure, Alisa. So glad you enjoyed the roundup, and those are some great looking green bean dishes that I snagged over at Go Dairy Free! 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I’m not a fan of green bean casserole with the mushroom soup and fried onion rings, but the regardless I appreciate all the information about how to find the products and make it gluten free. The recipe for the Moroccan beans looks like one i would enjoy. I am so impressed how your site is such a valuable resource to turn to for any popular item for most holidays, breads, desserts, etc. In regard to cheerios- it tested really high for residues of Round Up the chemical from Monsonto that is accused of being cancer causing-
Shirley Braden says
Hi Judee–I did have a lovely Thanksgiving—thank you! My husband loved the classic green bean casserole so I made it many times over the years. But the green beans with red pepper, garlic, and ginger recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen won all of us over several years ago. But I’m sure Lydia’s Moroccan beans recipe would also be tasty!
Yes, I’m aware of that particular issue with Cheerios. It’s bad enough on its own but some folks have tried to convince others that it’s the Roundup that is causing folks to have a reaction to “gluten-free” Cheerios, not the fact that they’re using unsafe, not gluten-free, sorted oats. 🙁 There are other products with the Roundup presence that do not cause folks to have a gluten reaction. Again, we don’t want Roundup in our food but I hate that particular concern has muddied the Cheerios waters even more.
April Harris says
I love green bean casserole, so I was delighted to see such a great collection of recipes, Shirley! They all look delicious. Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party community! Take care.
Shirley Braden says
April–It’s fun to learn that folks are green bean casserole lovers because I know they will love this collection! I love the variety of recipes here. 🙂 It’s always an honor to be part of Hearth and Soul. I so appreciate all the work that you put into it!
April J Harris says
It’s a pleasure, Shirley! Thank you 🙂 Happy Holidays to you too!
Shirley, Funny coincidence, I was going to try to redevelop my “Best-ever Fried Onion Strings” this week. I had perfected a recipe we all loved back in 2016 but since then I developed a sensitivity to almonds. I’m thinking Jonnha’s recipe might just be an excellent replacement. Thanks for all the work you put into creating and updating this post!
Shirley Braden says
Thanks so much, Nancy! I’m so happy that I’ve given you a recipe that will work for you without the need to re-develop your old recipe. Fingers crossed that you all will love Johnna’s recipe! I’ve never had a recipe of hers that I didn’t love TBH so I’m pretty confident about that. 😉
Donna B Reidland says
What great options! The one with tomatoes looks really delicious!
Shirley Braden says
Hi Donna–Welcome to gfe! 🙂 Thanks! There are only a couple recipes with tomatoes. Now I’m thinking I should have included more! 😉