It’s Thanksgiving Eve Eve and it’s possible that you don’t have everything figured out for Thursday or perhaps you’re looking for better menu offerings or recipe options. I get it. I go through the same thing every single 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.
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 gluten-free versions.
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 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?
I know we’re in the final stretch for Thanksgiving, but you’ve still got plenty of time to make one of these recipes. I know that some readers 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 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.
There are some brands—sometimes even store brands—that offer a gluten-free Cream of Mushroom Soup. 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).
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 for once a year, they work just fine.
Recently 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 contamination 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 that makes me think!
Sadly, I’m one who doesn’t tolerate buckwheat well though, certified gluten free or not. Plus, some of us choose not to eat canola. Others choose not to eat palm oil. So despite the availability of this new product, which, again, I think is a really wonderful thing (no, this is not a sponsored post), I 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.
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 the 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 Palate ~ gluten free, egg free, with vegetarian option
~ Green Bean Casserole from Happy Healthy 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
~ 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 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 ~ 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
~ Citrus-Kissed Holiday Green Beans from Back Porch Paleo ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo/primal
~ Green Bean Amandine from Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, sugar free, with dairy-free, vegan option
~ 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.)
~ 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
~ Sheet Pan Green Bean Casserole from Apron Strings Blog ~ gluten free, vegetarian (check ingredients if using ready-made creme fraiche)
~ 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 November 24, 2020.