Gluten-free diets have exploded in popularity and the world of recipe development is much better for it. Ten years ago, amazing gluten-free dinner recipes were few and far between – but now, there are gluten-free cookbooks bursting off bookstore shelves, a variety of gluten-free products on the market (some healthier than others, mind you) and a worldwide horde of home cooks who are exploring the joys of gluten-free cooking from scratch on incredibly inspired blogs.
We’ve combed the internet, and our dining tables, to bring you our picks for the best 30 gluten-free dinner recipes. We looked at easy prep, availability of ingredients, and diversity in flavour and textures to give you weeks of dinner inspiration. We also wanted to ensure that with these meals, you won’t even notice anything is missing.
Everything we do here at the school, including our certification program, is all gluten-free. We know that not everyone in the world is gluten-sensitive, but there is a high number of people dealing with inflammatory issues, immune conditions, allergies and digestive problems who are. Eliminating gluten might just alleviate a little of that suffering.
To offer you some inspiration, we’ve compiled our 30 Best Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes.
A gluten-free one-pot meal that doesn’t need to be pretty – that’s why it’s so accessible and easy. For an extra boost of protein, try throwing in some of your favourite beans, or serve it alongside an animal protein.
Socca Pizza with Hemp + Pumpkin Seed Kale Pesto
Have you tried making socca pizza yet? It’s one of our favourite gluten-free dinner recipes and this one – topped with a heavenly kale pesto – offers you a delectable dose of green vegggies!
Cleaned Up Creamy Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice
Cleaned Up Creamy Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice by That Clean Life (CNE Program Grad)
Is it possible to have an incredible butter chicken without the butter and cream? You bet. This 30-minute gluten-free meal is luxuriously creamy and if you’re not into chicken, there are a couple of vegan options as well.
Green Pea Buckwheat Risotto
You don’t need to be the Incredible Hulk or a green-eyed monster to enjoy this vibrant green goodness. We love the creativity of this gluten-free dinner recipe that swaps arborio rice for buckwheat and uses a zingy pea sauce instead of cheese. And, an an extra special bonus, no stirring!
Perfect Baked Salmon with Lentils and Lemon Herb Sauce
Salmon, lentils, quinoa, vegetables, lemon herb sauce. All in one pan. No need to cook everything separately – it all bakes up deliciously together in the oven. Gluten-free eating doesn’t get easier than this, folks.
Gluten-Free Vegetable Spaghetti Bowl
Spiralized veggie noodles are undoubtedly awesome, but sometimes you just want some gluten-free floury pasta, right? Enter this veggie spaghetti bowl – with gluten-free noodles, tomato sauce, a pile of veggies and herbs, it’s a pure comfort food dinner.
Italian Chicken Brochettes
A quick and nutritious dinner that you can make on an outdoor BBQ or an indoor grill. Pair with your favourite gluten-free grains or a salad for a complete (and completely awesome) meal.
Garlic + Lemon Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Broccoli Rabe
Don’t let the long title of this gluten-free recipe intimidate you – it’s really straightforward and simple to create. And it’s topped with a ‘cheesy’ vegan parmesan that is incredibly flavourful.
Super Easy Paleo Moussaka
A healthi-fied Paleo moussaka recipe that is loaded with flavour. While this one takes a little more effort than the average one-pan meal, each step is very easy and the results are well worth it. And you’ll end up with leftovers for lunch – though your family members will fight over who gets to take them!
Falafel Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing
Hands up if you love bowl foods. Us too! And there is so much going on in this falafel bowl – popping colours, fresh veggies, a must-make tahini sauce and falafel, of course.
One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken
We love those one-pan meals! This gluten-free dinner is packed with veggies and a simple, herb-y and heavenly sauce. An easy recipe for when you need to cook, but don’t really feel like doing much.
Turmeric Roast Vegetable Soup
This multi-vegetable soup is the kind of gluten-free meal for when you want soup for dinner with a little more ‘heft’. The roasted sweet potatoes piled on top of the thick puree gives extra oomph to this satisfying, anti-inflammatory bowl.
Curried Green Lentils + Kale
The slow cooker is an ingenious contraption, as it helps you put delicious gluten-free dinner recipes like this one on the table without doing any of the work. (For more slow cooker inspiration, check out these 20 Best Slow Cooker Recipes.)
Simple Stewed Pinto Beans and Collard Greens
A smoky and savory gluten-free dinner that is quick to pull together. It’s great when paired with gluten-free grains or spooned on toast, but you can also enjoy it all on its own (and we do!).
Easy Thai Red Curry
Did you know they’ve done studies on red curry paste and discovered that it boost the immune system? It’s true – so now you have an extra reason to make this easy Thai red curry. We appreciate that this one-pot dinner has both vegan and Paleo options, plus you can adjust the amount of liquid for a chunkier or soupier meal.
Seaweed Salad Soba Noodle Bowl
Bring the sushi restaurant-style salads into your kitchen by making this soba noodle bowl that has three different kinds of seaweed. It’s a fast meal – 30 minutes – and the leftovers will keep for several days in the fridge. Don’t be afraid of seaweed, because this recipe is absolutely delicious!
Ginger Orange Stir-Fry with Tofu
A healthy stir-fry that you might mistake for takeout, except this version is nourishing and healthy. Everyone knows that a stir-fry is all about an amazing sauce – but unfortunately many store-bought options are loaded with sugar, salt and chemicals. This gingery stir-fry sauce is so flavourful and once you master it, you can move on to making more condiments at home.
Roasted Potato Salad with Tahini Mustard Dressing
An easy and elegant salad recipe for when you’re craving a fresh, light supper. Veggies are everywhere in this recipe, so you’ll be sure to fill your nutrient quota with this one.
Easy Healthy Chicken Mole Poblano
You probably think mole sauce is fancy and difficult, but this recipe shows you how seamless and delicious it can be. For a peanut-free option, use almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead. You won’t notice the difference, we promise.
Thick and Creamy Dairy-Free Chowder
You might be surprised to discover the secret ingredient that makes this dairy-free chowder so thick and creamy – and it ain’t cream, coconut milk or almond milk. A hearty gluten-free dish that is the perfect candidate for whatever veggies you have lying around in the fridge.
Mediterranean Fish Shakshuka-Style
This recipe is for those of you who love the flavours of Shakshuka (an egg + sauce dish), but are intolerant or allergic to eggs. And, more importantly, it’s a one-pan meal that allows you to build layer upon layer of tastiness.
Baked Sweet Potato + Turmeric Falafels
These gluten-free falafels are next-level awesome with the anti-inflammatory additions of sweet potatoes and turmeric. Throw a handful of them onto a salad, fold them into a wrap or serve them alongside steamed or roasted veggies.
Garden Veggie Vegan Buddha Bowl
How much nutrient-density can you squeeze into one bowl? A lot, as it turns out. This gluten-free dinner recipe is packed to the brim with a variety of micro and macronutrients, along with a range of tastes and textures. Plus, it’s hard to resist ‘bowl foods’, right?
Zucchini Fettuccine with Creamy White Bean Alfredo Sauce
There’s a magical ingredient in this recipe’s creamy vegan alfredo sauce, and it’s not cashews, coconut milk or tofu. It’s white beans! They make for a high-protein, nut-free, velvety and grain-free gluten-free dinner. Yum.
30-Minute Vegan Pho
A delicious and comforting pho with a vegan spin. To make this recipe even easier to execute, try simmering the broth in large batches ahead of time and stick it in the freezer. Then, all you need to do is defrost the liquid and add your favourite toppings. Easy as…pho.
Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas
All you need for this gluten-free dinner recipe is 10 ingredients and one hour of your time. The results are hearty, with robust flavour and a spicy kick, though with the homemade enchilada sauce you can certainly customize the spice level however you’d like!
Maple Walnut Glazed Black-Eyed Peas with Collard Greens
Veggies and beans becoming infinitely more interesting when they’re doused in an amazing sauce, and this maple-walnut blend is to die for. Serve this over your favourite gluten-free grain or gluten-free toast for a quick and easy dinner.
Avocado Chicken Broccoli Rabe Summer Rolls
A variety of fillings make these summer rolls crunchy, creamy, customizable and satisfying all at once. We love Steph’s idea of cutting the rolls into sushi-sized slices – great for appetizers or little fingers!
15-Minute Sesame Seared Salmon
We love simple salmon recipes and this 15-minute version offers culinary tips and tricks to making an awesome seared salmon on the stovetop. Pair this with steamed or roasted veg or a gluten-free grain and you’re absolutely golden.
Golden Red Lentil Dal with Cilantro-Speckled Basmati
A gorgeously-coloured dish that makes a beautiful and tasty meal. The leftovers get better with age, so you may want to save some for another dinner or two throughout the week! And, for the cilantro-haters, you can easily substitute parsley instead.