15 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Sides
With flavorful roasted veggies, hearty rice dishes, and spices and herbs that bring it all to life, these recipes won't leave you missing a thing — least of all, the gluten. Our favorite gluten-free side dishes for Thanksgiving include classic mashed potatoes, fresh alternatives to casseroles, and even gluten-free bread stuffing!
Rice Stuffing with Apples, Herbs, and Bacon
This top-rated stuffing is packed with bursts of flavor by way of currants, dried cherries and cranberries, apples, and savory herbs. Home cook biweber says, "This stuffing is delicious!" And best of all, "it was a super hit for my gluten-intolerant friends."
Simple Cauliflower Keto Casserole
If part of your Thanksgiving tradition includes mac and cheese, this is a great gluten-free (and low-carb) option. Home cook Cindy Futch says, "I added some garlic powder, used shredded triple Cheddar cheese, and lots of black pepper. I have been craving mac and cheese and this really hit the spot!"
Home cook JEANIRVIN says that "this is the best rice side dish I've ever used." And if you have any young kids coming to dinner, you're in luck: "Even my picky grandchildren — who don't like rice — liked this dish. I used a zester to make long spaghetti-like carrot pieces instead of grating, which took a little extra time, but my grandchildren were fascinated."
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
Many creamed corn recipes contain flour. Not this slower cooker version! All you need are frozen corn kernels, cream cheese, butter, milk, sugar, and seasoning.
Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing
"I needed to recreate a family favorite to work with my allergies. This is a perfect basic stuffing recipe. Delicious as is, or ripe for your favorite add-ins! No need to exclude anyone this holiday season," recipe creator TessaDomesticDiva says.
Silky Sweet Potato Puree
You can't go wrong with sweet potatoes and butter. And that's almost all this five-star side contains. With nothing but butter, buttermilk, whole milk, salt, and pepper to flavor our Silky Sweet Potato Puree, it's guaranteed gluten free — and delicious.
Southern Style Thanksgiving Green Beans
The typical Thanksgiving casserole calls for flour or ingredients you might not realize contain gluten, such as creamy soups or fried onions. Play it safe with our crowd-pleasing Southern-Style Thanksgiving Green Beans.
Balsamic Butternut Squash with Kale
Coated in balsamic vinegar, vegetable oil, and brown sugar, butternut squash and onions caramelize in the oven. "This is a great side dish for the holidays, with the added benefit of kale! Surprisingly tasty," Danielle Walquist Lynch says.
Cajun Turkey Stuffing
Some cornbreads contain gluten; some don't. With several of the same ingredients as classic cornbread dressing recipes, including the herbs, this Cajun-style rice dressing would make an excellent substitute.
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
No need for gluten in classic mashed potatoes. The best part? You can prep this dish in advance or even freeze it.
Fast and Easy Creamed Spinach
Simple, fresh ingredients like whipping cream, minced shallot, and lemon zest give this gluten-free creamed spinach an edge. Chef John calls his recipe "a little easier, a little quicker, a little more contemporary, and believe it or not, a little lighter than traditional creamed spinach."
Quick Brussels and Bacon
The "quick" in this recipe is thanks to the cooking method: "I love sprouts in general," says home cook Piques. "But stir-fry is a favorite in our house. This was a tasty recipe. Rather than cook the sprouts beforehand, I added them raw to the bacon and added a little chicken stock. Turned out great."
Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Lemon
"The star of this dish is the HAZELNUTS!" raves OkinawanPrincess. "I love how they give this a nutty, earthy flavor with the light seasonings and nice crunch from green beans. This is my new favorite way to prepare green beans!"
Rich and Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin
Recipes for potatoes au gratin use flour as a thickener. This rich recipe doesn't need it thanks to heavy cream and shredded Gruyere cheese.
Sweet Potatoes with Brandy and Raisins
"This is a simple and perfect sweet potato dish. Love the fact that they are not overly sweet," home cook mauigirl writes. "The brandy compliments the potatoes beautifully, and the raisins add a nice touch."