12 Ways to Use Tapioca Starch
Tapioca starch (aka tapioca flour) binds baked goods together and acts like cornstarch as a thickener in soups and sauces. It's a must-have in the gluten-free cook's arsenal, but you can easily use it alongside wheat flour in place of cornstarch. Our favorite tapioca flour recipes include cake, quick bread, breaded chicken, pancakes, and more.
"If you love old-fashioned baking powder biscuits and are gluten free, these are awesome," home cook RubyRoo says. These soft but sturdy biscuits make the perfect vehicle for your favorite jams and nut butters.
Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake
"The best gluten-free dessert I've ever tasted," home cook Kevin Dieterle says. "I made them into cupcakes and the cake had a beautiful crumb and was perfectly moist. It also rose nicely and wasn't brick-like as many GF recipes end up being — exactly the right mixture of density and lightness. I can't praise this recipe highly enough. I got a ton of compliments on this."
One-Egg Egg Drop Soup
"My Chinese father taught me the trick to this soup," home cook Fei Fei says, who explains that properly timing the egg drop makes a huge difference. Really, this recipe couldn't be easier to pull together, as you're just flavoring chicken broth with garlic and ginger, adding tapioca starch to thicken it, then following Fei Fei's directions for stirring in the egg.
Brazilian Cheese Rolls (Pao de Queijo)
Recipes for this traditional Brazilian cheese bread call for tapioca starch, so you don't have to substitute ingredients to make it gluten free!
Gluten Free Zucchini Bread
This gluten-free quick bread utilizes white rice flour, sweet rice flour, cornstarch, and tapioca starch to earn its five-star rating. "This is the best zucchini bread ever," home cook Julie Herman says. "It seems I've tried a zillion zucchini bread recipes and they either raise up way too high and then flop when they cool or they turn out rubbery. You wouldn't even think this is gluten free!"
Dreamy Chicken Francese
Tapioca starch and flour both coat this buttery, crispy chicken, but you can easily substitute all-purpose gluten-free flour in place of all-purpose regular flour to avoid the allergen.
Gluten-Free Rhubarb Bars
Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread
Aside from brown rice flour and quinoa, this gluten-free bread doesn't need other grains to get its hearty multigrain taste. Toasted almonds, sunflower seeds, and chopped flax seeds add texture.
Gluten-Free Cheese and Herb Pizza Crust
Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and oregano take pizza crust to the next level. Home cooks recommend spreading the dough on parchment paper for a thin crust that gets rave reviews.
Delicious Gluten-Free Pancakes
Rice flour, tapioca flour, and potato starch work wonders in this recipe. "These were VERY good. And yes, they really are indistinguishable from regular wheat-based pancakes," home cook SUEMYERS67 says.
You can use a number of flours and starches to make gluten-free pancakes. This has earned its five-star rating using a relatively uncommon one. "Made with sweet sorghum flour and tapioca starch, these waffles will be nice and crispy on the outside, while light and fluffy on the inside," recipe contributor Gen says.
You can even make fruitcake with tapioca starch! Reviewers give this gluten-free take on the holiday staple five stars for its moist consistency.