Learn how to make the best Homemade Gluten-Free Panko crumbs! Made with simple, whole food ingredients, they’re gluten-free, grain-free, and full of healthy fats, fiber, and flavor. Use them to coat chicken, fish, vegetables, and more! Dairy-Free.
What Is Panko?
Panko is a type of breading that originated in Japanese cuisine. When translated directly, the word means bread flour, which is exactly what it is! To elaborate, panko is made out of a type of white bread made without crust and baked with a special electrical current. The loaf is then dried and turned into small flakes that are used as breading.
What’s the Difference Between Panko and Regular Breadcrumbs?
Most pre-made breadcrumbs are nearly identical to the kind you can make at home by drying and crumbling bread. However, unlike regular breadcrumbs, panko is nearly impossible to replicate at home, because it is made with a specific type of bread that can be pulverized into a light crispy flake instead of a heavier crumb.
As a result, panko results in a coating that is lighter, airier, and requires less oil than other breaded foods. Read more about the specifics of traditional panko here!
For this recipe, we took traditional panko and made it with simple, gluten-free ingredients that replicate the bold taste and crispy texture you love without any gluten, dairy, grains, or additives!
Is Panko Naturally Gluten-Free? No, traditional gluten is made with crustless white bread that contains wheat, meaning it contains gluten.
Gluten-Free Ingredients You’ll Need
More budget-friendly than anything you’ll find in the store, this gluten-free panko recipe comes together with just 7 pantry staple ingredients without the need for a food processor. Unbelievably quick and easy, it’s guaranteed to become one of your new favorite recipes! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Blanched Almond Flour – This forms the base of the panko, helping create the airy texture we’re looking to achieve while adding a boost of healthy omega fats.
- Flax Meal – Included for an extra satisfying crunch.
- Spices – Garlic powder, onion, powder, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and dried oregano combine to create a savory flavor with just a hint of spice.
How to Store
You’ll want to keep a batch of these gluten-free breadcrumbs on hand!
Once combined, they can be transferred to an airtight container, jar, or sealable bag and stored at room temperature for up to 3 months.
Note: If you live in a humid environment, we recommend storing your panko in the freezer or fridge instead to prevent any moisture from leaking in and causing it to clump or go bad.
Ways to Use Gluten-Free Panko Crumbs
Now that you know how to make gluten-free panko crumbs, it’s time to put it to use! Honestly, there’s not much that panko doesn’t pair well with. From chicken to fish, to veggies, and more, it always tastes great. However, to get you started, some of our favorite pairings include:
- As a binder for recipes like meatballs, salmon cakes, and veggie burgers
- To coat gluten-free panko chicken
- Covering baked fish
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