20 Gluten-Free Summer Mains

Avoiding gluten has never been easier

Awareness of the gluten-free diet has risen significantly lately. Avoiding gluten can be difficult, but with our recipes it doesn’t have to be. Plenty of our favorite summer dishes are naturally gluten-free, and we’ve specifically developed others to accommodate those with gluten intolerance. We’ve rounded up recipes for some of our favorite gluten-free summer mains.

Summer means grilling, which means lots of protein dishes. We have all sorts of naturally gluten-free grilled meat dishes, such as adobo chicken under a brick, Kansas City-style spareribs, and ginger-marinated flank steak. We also have grilled seafood dishes like snapper with habanero and scallions, lobster with cilantro-chile butter, and swordfish with a mango salsa.

Vegetarians aren’t out of luck. The summery flavors of peas and mint brighten up our potato gnocchi coated in a lemon and herb cream sauce. Frittatas are a great easy summer main—try ours with potato, spinach, and red pepper. Our chickpea burgers are light and rich at the same time and make a satisfying lunch—just skip the pita to keep it gluten-free.

Pizza is a dish normally off-limits for people with gluten intolerance. But fortunately it’s possible to find gluten-free pizza flour and make a (semi-)classic margherita pie. Crab cakes often use fillers container gluten. Ours are made with almond flour, which actually makes them even moister and more tender than traditional crab cakes.

Find all of these recipes and more in our collection of gluten-free summer mains.

Almond-Flour Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli

The substitution of almond flour for conventional wheat flour in this recipe, developed by Judy Haubert, originated as a gluten-free workaround, but actually makes the cakes moister and more tender than traditional crab cakes. Get the recipe for Almond-Flour Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli »
A bright salsa made from ripe mangoes, cilantro, red onion, and lime is the perfect foil for thick swordfish steaks.

Grilled Snapper with Habanero and Scallions

Chile heat brings out the sweetness of whole red snapper in this Jamaican recipe.

Adobo Chicken Under a Brick

Maricel Presilla’s zesty Cuban-inspired marinade infuses this chicken with flavor, and grilling it flat on a plancha makes the skin deliciously crispy. Get the recipe for Adobo Chicken Under a Brick »

Grilled Ginger-Marinated Flank Steak

Honey adds a contrasting sweetness to this savory grilled steak suffused with ginger, lime, and garlic.

Grilled Lobster with Cilantro-Chile Butter

Grilled lobster is a popular dish in Boston, where shellfish from the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction is plentiful.

Pan-Fried Sole with Red Quinoa and Vegetables

Filets of sole are set atop red quinoa, roasted tomatoes, and tender-crisp vegetables in this dish from a Marseille bistrot. Get the recipe for Pan-Fried Sole with Red Quinoa and Vegetables »

Potato, Spinach, and Red Pepper Frittata

Potato, Spinach, and Red Pepper Frittata

Spiced Chicken and Tomato Kebabs (Jujeh Kabab)

A marinade of orange, cumin, and saffron flavors these juicy chicken and tomato kebabs. Get the recipe for Spiced Chicken and Tomato Kebabs (Jujeh Kabab) »

Quick Fish Filets in Tomato Sauce

Bring all the ingredients along for this simple main dish on a camping trip and make it with freshly caught fish.

Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Omelette

Roasting cherry tomatoes in an oven brings out their natural sweetness; salty salami is a perfect counterpoint. Get the recipe for Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Omelette »
At Smokestack in Kansas City, spareribs, a particularly flavorful cut, are served with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Gluten-Free Pizza Margherita

Contributor Judy Haubert reimagined this Neapolitan classic for those on a gluten-free diet using Cup4Cup Pizza Crust Mix.

Thai Minced Pork Salad (Laab)

In northeast Thailand and Laos, laab is made of minced meat lightly poached in broth, then dressed with chiles, fresh herbs, and roasted rice powder.

Pan-Seared Cod with Spring Vegetables

Writer Isabel Gillies tosses together this summery dish with cod fresh from the Maine shoreline and seasonal garden greens. Rainbow chard, bibb lettuce, spring peas, and fresh herbs contrast with the richness of butter-basted pan-seared cod.

Russian Lamb Kebab with Tomato-Prune Sauce (Shashlik)

Robust lamb and onion kebabs steeped in a tenderizing seltzer and vinegar marinade are paired with a sauce of tomatoes, prunes, and herbs.

Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta (Garides Saganaki)

The term saganaki refers to the skillet in which Greeks cook ingredients with cheese. In this dish, shrimp is topped with crumbled feta and broiled. Get the recipe for Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta (Garides Saganaki) »

Sweet Pea Gnocchi

Sweet Pea Gnocchi

Roasted Garlic Chickpea Burger

We took inspiration from falafel when developing these burgers—but unlike the dense, often dry deep-fried chickpea fritters, this sautéed patty is both light and rich in texture, with added depth from roasted garlic.