Substitute For Panko Bread Crumbs Gluten Free

Last Updated on April 24, 2022

Today, we’re going to be looking at a gluten free substitute for panko bread crumbs. You may not have heard of panko bread crumbs, but they’re an extremely popular variety of bread crumbs that can be used for a variety of reasons. We already know that traditional bread crumbs are made from wheat, and most definitely not gluten-free. But are panko bread crumbs gluten-free? Let’s take a closer look.

What Are Panko Bread Crumbs?

Panko bread crumbs are made using white bread that does not have a crust. They are quite flaky and dry in comparison to traditional bread crumbs. If you’re looking for extra crunchy breading on your food or in your dishes, panko bread crumbs are a good choice. You can buy panko bread crumbs from most grocery stores, and they should be a readily available choice. Panko is so popular because it absorbs less oil, which is why the breadcrumbs become so crispy.

What Are Panko Bread Crumbs

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What Are Panko Bread Crumbs Used For?

Panko breadcrumbs are most commonly used for frying foods, as it makes such a crunchy, tasty batter. Whether you’re frying fish, chicken, shrimp – or even vegetables, it really does make for a delicious coating. You can also sprinkle some panko on top of dishes such as mac and cheese to give it some crunch, or any other dish that you think may require some more texture. Panko is a very versatile choice when it comes to breadcrumbs.

Is Panko Healthier Than Traditional Bread Crumbs?

Surprisingly, yes. Panko breadcrumbs are a healthier alternative than traditional bread crumbs. Traditional bread crumbs are higher in sodium, fat, and calories than panko bread crumbs. So if you’re wanting to opt for a healthier choice, panko is a good option.

Homemade Gluten Free Panko Breadcrumbs

If you’re looking for the most authentic tasting gluten-free panko substitutes, this Homemade Panko Bread Crumbs recipe from Mo Mables is a great place to start. It creates the same taste and texture of panko bread crumbs, without gluten!


The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • 2 cups of toasted rice cereal (Rice Chex is the best gluten-free option to choose_

And that’s it! However, you can add whichever herbs and spices you like to your bread crumbs if you want to give them additional flavor.


Now all you need to do is:

Step 1: Make the Breadcrumbs

If you have a blender/food processor, just throw the rice cereal inside and pulse. If not, place the rice cereal into a plastic storage bag. And using a rolling pin, beat the rice cereal until it resembles bread crumbs.

Step 2: Store the Breadcrumbs

Store in an airtight container for best results and use the way you would with any other bread crumbs. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Substitute For Panko Bread Crumbs

If you’re looking for another gluten-free substitute for panko bread crumbs, why not try one of these options?

Coconut Flakes
If you’re looking for an extra crispy coating, with flakes that are relatively large like panko, coconut flakes are the perfect gluten-free option. It’s worth noting that sweetened coconut will not taste as good, so always opt for the unsweetened option.

Almonds are another great option because they’re so versatile. If you’re looking for large flakes, opt for chopped almonds. If you’re looking for medium flakes, opt for an almond meal. And if you’re looking for fine flakes, opt for almond flour. Almonds can not only be used for coating meat, fish, and vegetables – but also can be used for thickening.

Store-Bought Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs
While this won’t be a direct substitute for panko bread crumbs, traditional bread crumbs are relatively easy to find gluten-free in grocery stores and they are both delicious. I find that gluten-free bread crumbs tend to fry much crispier than traditional bread crumbs anyway!


I hope this article has helped you to identify a substitute for panko bread crumbs gluten-free. While it may seem difficult at first, it’s super easy to find alternatives that work, and the longer you follow a gluten-free lifestyle, the easier it’ll become.

Do you know of any other gluten-free alternatives to panko bread crumbs? Or any recipes on how to make your own? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!


What Are Gluten-Free Panko Breadcrumbs Made of?

You can make your own gluten free panko-style breadcrumbs using rice cereal (yes - you read that right!). We'll be taking a look at a gluten free recipe later in this post. It's also worth noting that there are a range of alternatives you can use besides rice cereal, which make a good substitute for panko breadcrumbs.

What’s the Difference Between Regular Bread Crumbs and Panko Bread Crumbs?

There's quite a few differences between traditional bread crumbs and panko bread crumbs. The first difference is their size. Panko bread crumbs are usually much larger than typical bread crumbs, as well as being drier and more flaky. Because panko bread crumbs are less absorbent, they're also better as they don't create a coating that is full of grease, much like traditional bread crumbs do. As for the texture, panko bread crumbs are much lighter and crispier, which is a bonus when using them for fried foods.

Is Panko Gluten Free?

Unfortunately, panko bread crumbs are not gluten free. While they're made in a different way than traditional bread crumbs, they're still made using bread. As we know, bread is usually made using wheat flour, which is definitely not gluten free. While this is frustrating, it's super easy to make your own gluten free panko bread crumbs.

What’s Special About Panko Breadcrumbs?

Panko bread crumbs are so well loved because not only are they a healthier alternative to traditional bread crumbs, but they also create a lighter and crispier coating - which is always a bonus. For this reason, panko bread crumbs will usually be more expensive than the typical bread crumbs you may come across.