Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

Last Updated on February 16, 2022 by Anne-Marie

This Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing recipe is so tasty and moist that everyone at your Thanksgiving table will be asking for seconds.

A glass casserole dish with Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing, sage leaves, serving spoon with napkins, plates and forks in the background.

Why this recipe works

This gluten-free stuffing recipe is easy to make ahead of time. Just heat it up the day of the big feast and you’re all set.

This recipe will soon be a family favorite at your holiday table.

What's the difference between cornbread stuffing and cornbread dressing?

This is a gluten free cornbread stuffing dressing recipe. But actually, it should be called gluten free cornbread dressing.

That's because stuffing goes into a turkey or chicken. And dressing is made separately, not in the bird.

In the South, many call cornbread stuffing, cornbread dressing.

And the rest of us think that dressing is something you put on your salad.

Whatever you call it, it’s everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish!

How to make gluten free stuffing

1. Make a batch of gluten free cornbread a day or two ahead of time.

2. Cut the cornbread into cubes and toast them lightly in the oven.

3. Make gluten-free bread cubes by cutting up 12 ounces of bread. Then toast those in the oven.

4. Sauté the diced onion and celery. Add the seasonings.

5. Add the sautéed vegetables, toasted cornbread cubes, and toasted gluten free bread cubes to a large bowl. Mix well.

6. Lightly beat the eggs and add to the bread cube mixture. Mix well.

7. Add broth to bread cube mixture and stir with each addition.

8. Spread stuffing into a prepared casserole dish.

9. Bake until golden brown. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Ingredients to make a recipe for Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing.

Making sure it's a gluten free stuffing recipe

To make a gluten free cornbread stuffing, check these ingredients:

Chicken broth: Make sure to check the label of the chicken broth you’re using for any gluten.

Many popular brands of chicken broth are now certified to be gluten free. However, this changes from time to time. So always double-check the label!

Cornmeal: To make the best gluten free stuffing recipe, use a gluten free cornmeal like Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornmeal. It’s medium grind is perfect for polenta, cornbread, and muffins.

Flour: Use a good all-purpose gluten free flour like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour since it cooks up just like regular flour.

Check out my Best Gluten Free Products List to find more of my favorite gluten free baking products!

Gluten free Thanksgiving dressing time savers

While the recipe below gives directions for making homemade gluten-free cornbread, you can use Krusteaz Gluten Free Cornbread Mix instead.

It's one of my favorite sweet cornbread mixes since it's so easy to make. Just add milk, oil, and an egg! It bakes up perfectly every time.

Buy two boxes and make an extra to serve on the side along with your gluten free turkey dressing and Thanksgiving dinner.

A glass pan of Cornbread Stuffing with plates and napkins.

Can you make vegan cornbread stuffing?

Yes, you can make a vegan cornbread stuffing with these substitutions:

Cornbread: Use a vegan cornbread recipe like my Vegan Cornbread Recipe with Rosemary instead of the gluten free cornbread for stuffing.

If you want to use a vegan cornbread mix, try Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix. You’ll need eggs to make it, but you can try using an egg substitute.

Bread: Make sure the gluten free white bread you're using is also vegan. This is probably the most challenging ingredient as the gluten free, egg-free bread I see for sale all use honey.

You could try Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Homemade Wonderful Bread Mix, which is vegan.

The directions say to use eggs and egg whites, but you can use egg substitutes and applesauce.

Or double up my Vegan Cornbread recipe and use that instead.

Buttery spread: Substitute a vegan buttery spread like Earth Balance instead of butter. You can also use a non-dairy, olive oil or avocado oil spread.

Broth: Use a vegan vegetable broth in this recipe for gluten free dressing.

Egg substitute: Finally, instead of eggs in the vegan cornbread dressing, use an egg substitute like Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer.

Just remember to double-check that all your ingredients are both vegan and gluten free for your Thanksgiving table guests.

A serving spoon above a baking dish of Cornbread Stuffing.

More tips for making gluten free dressing for turkey

Use fresh herbs

You can also use fresh herbs leftover from other Thanksgiving recipes to this gluten free cornbread stuffing.

The correct ratio is one tablespoon of fresh herbs to one teaspoon of dried herbs.

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley = 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage = 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme = 1 teaspoon dried thyme

Making dairy free cornbread dressing

If you’re making the cornbread from scratch, use unsweetened soy, coconut, or oat milk instead of cow’s milk.

If you’re using a cornbread mix, try a vegan cornbread mix like Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornmeal and an alternative milk to make it.

Use a non-dairy, olive oil or avocado oil spread or any type of vegan spread instead of butter.

Can I add more ingredients to this gluten free cornbread stuffing?

Since this recipe for gluten free stuffing is pretty “plain Jane” why not add some extras leftover from other holiday season recipes such as:

I think you could add a cup or two and not overflow the casserole dish.

Add any of these ingredients when you're sautéing the diced onions and celery. Cook until soft.

If you're not needing a vegetarian stuffing, think about adding sausage! Cook separately. Then add it to the stuffing mixture.

Finally, bake the gluten free cornbread dressing recipe as directed.

A glass dish of Cornbread Stuffing with a servng spoon.

More easy Thanksgiving recipes

Looking for more easy Thanksgiving dishes that are gluten free? Check these out!

Appetizers: Spicy Cranberry Hummus, Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Side Dishes: Crockpot Mashed Potatoes, Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes, Vegan Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Squash & Dates, Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce, Sara Moulton’s Best Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Turkey Dinner: Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe, Smoked Turkey Brine with Smoked Turkey Rub Recipe, Recipe for how to brine and smoke a turkey breast, How to prepare & cook a spatchcock or butterflied turkey

Ham Dinner: Easy Instant Pot Ham Recipe (With 3 Glaze Recipes!), Easy Crockpot Spiral Ham Recipe – Slow Cooker Ham without Brown Sugar

Desserts: Pumpkin Cheesecake Lasagna, Gluten Free Raspberry Pecan Pie, Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Pie, Keto Pumpkin Mousse, Weight Watchers Pumpkin Mousse Recipe

Leftovers: Turkey Enchilada Casserole, Leftover Turkey Soup, Turkey Cranberry Crescent Braid

Check out the Best Gluten Free Thanksgiving Desserts Recipes and the Best Keto Thanksgiving Recipes for more delicious recipes for your holiday table.

Yield: 12 SERVINGS

Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

A glass dish of Cornbread Stuffing with a servng spoon.

This gluten-free cornbread stuffing recipe is a holiday favorite. You won't believe how easy this gluten-free cornbread stuffing is to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


Gluten Free Cornbread

  • 1 cup gluten free cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

Gluten Free Stuffing

  • 12 ounces dried gluten free white bread cubes
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup (3-4 stalks) celery, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2-3 cups chicken broth (gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Gluten Free Cornbread

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Coat a square 8"x8" baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, gluten-free flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add milk, eggs, and butter. Beat until smooth.
  5. Pour into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 20-30 or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Preparing Gluten Free Cornbread

  1. Bake cornbread 1 to 2 days ahead of time.
  2. Cut cornbread into 1-inch cubes. Spread onto a baking sheet.
  3. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  4. Dry cornbread in the oven for 30-45 minutes, tossing every 10-12 minutes until crispy.
  5. Remove from the oven. Let cool.
  6. Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap. Set aside.

Preparing Gluten Free Bread Cubes

  1. Cut gluten free white bread into 1-inch cubes. Spread onto a baking sheet.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  3. Dry gluten free bread cubes in the oven for 30-45 minutes, tossing every 10-12 minutes until crispy.
  4. Remove from the oven. Let cool.
  5. Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap. Set aside.

Gluten Free Stuffing

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Coat a 9"x13" baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat,
  4. Add chopped onions and celery. Cook until soft.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add seasonings and mix well.
  7. Place cornbread cubes and gluten free white bread cubes in a very large mixing bowl.
  8. Add onion mixture and mix well.
  9. Lightly beat eggs and add to the bread cube mixture. Mix well.
  10. Gradually add broth to bread cube mixture and stir with each addition. (See notes.)
  11. Spread stuffing into prepared baking dish.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Remove from oven. Serve immediately.


You may need more or less of the broth. Gluten free cornbread stuffing should be moist, not mushy.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 1150mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 9g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

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