By Wendy Stoltz / Last Modified On January 15, 2023
We’ve rounded up some of the best gluten free appetizers! From dips to hand held gluten free appetizers —we’ve got you covered.
We've included the best gluten free appetizer recipes in this collection and we've done our best to sort them by type. You can make gluten free appetizers year round. They make great starters, party food, and some of them are also great options for dinner.
You can't go wrong with appetizers. They are super fun and a great way try different foods and mix up different flavors. We love the little handheld foods. We've pulled together some of our best gluten free appetizers for you. We hope you try them all!
Our Best Gluten-Free Appetizers
Gluten Free Chicken Tenders - Tender chicken strips, marinated in buttermilk and coated with a gluten free breading are fried in oil for the best, crispy, crunchy chicken tenders ever.
Gluten Free Onion Rings - Gluten Free Onion Rings are a special, savory treat of battered onion rings that are fried to perfection. A few substitutions to make these entirely gluten free but completely delicious.
Jalapeno Poppers - This easy baked jalapeno poppers recipe uses only a few ingredients and it can be made different ways delivering the perfect jalapeno popper.
Crockpot BBQ Meatballs - A simple recipe for Crockpot BBQ Meatballs that uses 2 ingredients for the sauce, is full of flavor, and is perfect as a meatball appetizer or meal.
Gluten Free Meatballs - Easy gluten-free meatballs that are super flavorful, easy to make, and use only a handful of ingredients found in most kitchens. You're going to love this easy gluten-free meatball recipe.
Gluten Free Chicken Wings - These gluten free chicken wings are super simple to make and they are sweet, spicy, and sticky. This recipe only uses four ingredients, if you don't' count salt and pepper.
Gluten-Free Teriyaki Salmon Cakes make a great dinner option or an elegant gluten-free appetizer. Made with fresh Salmon, ginger, and garlic, and topped with a Wasabi Cream, you’ll love every bite.
Gluten-Free Bacon Tomato Cups are perfect for any party or special occasion. They make a wonderful gluten-free appetizer and are sure to please anyone in the room!
Spicy Sausage and Bacon Appetizers are loaded with an amazing combination of flavors that will please anyone in the room.
Gluten Free Baked Brie - Gluten-Free Baked Brie Pastry, the perfect gluten-free appetizer with rich brie baked inside a flaky gluten-free puff pastry.
Gluten Free Bread Sticks - If you're a fan of gluten-free pizza bread sticks you're going to love these Gluten-Free Cheesy Breadsticks. The crust is crunchy on the bottom and chewy in the middle making them the perfect gluten-free bread sticks.
This Easy and quick Shrimp Appetizer is a huge hit at parties and will leave your guests asking for your recipe! It only has five ingredients in it and it's super simple to make.
A simple recipe for Crockpot BBQ meatballs that uses 2 ingredient for the sauce, is full of flavor, and is perfect as a meatball appetizer or meal. This crockpot BBQ meatball recipe can be made using frozen meatballs or homemade meatballs.
Gluten Free Falafel - This gluten free falafel recipe is simple to make and it uses minimal ingredients. It makes a great gluten free appetizer or main dish.
Satisfy your salty cracker cravings this New Year's Eve with these super simple Gluten-Free Cheese Crackers. Crackers should always be included in your table of gluten-free appetizers.
Gluten Free Appetizers - Dips
Spinach Dip - This recipe uses only 7 ingredients found in most kitchens. This cold spinach dip recipe is naturally gluten-free, low carb and keto making it a favorite easy dip recipe among many. Dip this spinach dip in Gluten-Free Bread for a yummy gluten-free appetizer.
Jarlsberg Cheese Dip - Gooey, cheesy dip featuring melty Jarlsberg cheese and just the right amount of seasonings to feature its rich, buttery flavor.
Jalapeño Artichoke Dip - Packed full of chunky artichokes and spicy jalapeños in a creamy, savory cream cheese and sour cream base. Finished up with garlic and parmesan cheese, the flavor combination is absolutely the most delicious thing.
Crack Corn Dip - Super simple, incredibly delicious crack corn dip! This crack dip uses only a handful of ingredients and it's the perfect appetizer or party dip.
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip - Cook up this easy Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip the next time you need a dip or appetizer for game day or a party. It only uses a handful of ingredients and it's bursting with flavor.
Easy Guacamole - A recipe for easy guacamole ready in 5 minutes. This guacamole recipe uses fresh, easy to find ingredients and it's fail-proof. Serve this guacamole with your favorite chips, crackers, and veggies.
Seafood Dip - This seafood dip is a mixture of shrimp, crab, sour cream, and onion dip seasoning. It's a super easy make-ahead cold crab dip that gets two thumbs up from most guests at parties. It's creamy, rich with flavor, and it is perfect with a salty chip or pretzels.
If you've tried any of these gluten free appetizers, please leave a comment on the recipes page letting us know what you thought.
- 1 and ¼ cups half and half (or heavy whipping cream)
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ teaspoon cayenne (or more for more spice)
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 can diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
- 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
- Add the half and half to a medium cooking pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Add in the cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and stir until combined.
- Add in the sharp cheddar cheese and stir until combined and the cheese is melted.
- Stir in the diced tomatoes with green chilis and the chopped peppers in adobe sauce.
- Serve hot with tortilla chips.
- You can grate a block of cheese or use pre-shredded cheese. Just note that sometimes pre-shredded cheeses use fillers to prevent sticking. Always check labels.
- You can use half and half, or heavy whipping cream. If you use heavy whipping cream add a couple of table spoons of water to thin it out otherwise your smoked queso will be too thick.
- If you like your smoked queso dip spicier, increase the cayenne pepper or add some chopped jalapenos.
- If you don’t like spice, leave out the cayenne pepper and the chiles.