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Are noodles gluten free?

Noodle dishes are some of the best dishes out there. Ramen, Pad Thai and Lo Mein are some of the best tasting meals you can have. And if you count pasta as a noodle? Well, the delicious dishes are infinite. As such, today we’re asking the question: are noodles gluten free?

A side on view of gluten free egg noodles in the making. Set against a white marble table and white backdrop, noodles are draped over a spoon handle to dry as others are strewn across the table

Are noodles gluten free?

Many noodles are not gluten free. Any variety of noodle that contains wheat is not gluten free. This includes many varieties of egg noodles such as udon noodles, ramen noodles and and pasta.

Of course, manufacturers have cottoned onto the increased interest in gluten free diets, and gluten free varieties of these noodles are available. Be sure to read the packaging and search out gluten free varieties in the specialist aisle if you need them to be gluten free.

Luckily, some noodle varieties are naturally gluten free. Generally speaking, most rice noodle varieties are 100% gluten free, pending the individual manufacturer. This includes rice noodles, rice vermicelli and kway teow. With that said, some brands include small amounts of wheat flour for chewiness, so be sure to read the labels carefully.

A macro close up image of gluten free buckwheat noodles arranged in piles on a wooden board

Is vermicelli gluten free?

The name vermicelli refers to the style of noodle as opposed to an individual way of making noodles. Rice vermicelli are often gluten free, but wheat vermicelli (often used in Italian cuisine) are not gluten free. Some gluten free pasta brands may make a gluten free variety of Italian style vermicelli.

Are soba noodles gluten free?

Not all soba noodles are gluten free. Although many brands in Australia market themselves as being buckwheat flour noodles, an inspection of the label reveals that they contain wheat. There are some brands of soba noodles that are 100% buckwheat flour, but they are traditionally more expensive and harder to source. I have a recipe for 100% buckwheat noodles in my buckwheat flour e-book.

Are rice noodles gluten free?

Most varieties of rice noodles are gluten free, but it depends on the brand in question. Some brands add a small amount of wheat to improve texture and durability. Be sure to read the labels and source noodles from a gluten free manufacturer if you are coeliac.

Are sweet potato noodles gluten free?

Generally speaking, Korean sweet potato noodles (Dangmeyon) are gluten free. They are traditionally made with sweet potato starch and water. Be sure to read the label to check if the brand you’re looking at is 100% gluten free.

Are egg noodles gluten free?

Most egg noodles on the market are not gluten free as they are made with wheat flour. There are some varieties of gluten free egg noodles available, but they are often pasta styles as opposed to Asian styles of egg noodle (like ramen noodles). I have a recipe for gluten free egg noodles in my cookbook, Intolerance Friendly Kitchen.

Are ramen noodles gluten free?

Traditionally speaking, ramen noodles use wheat and are thus not gluten free. You may find some varieties of gluten free ramen noodles on the market, but they are not the traditional style or the most commonly available.

Are Hokkien noodles gluten free?

Traditionally speaking, Hokkien noodles use wheat and are thus not gluten free. I have yet to see gluten free Hokkien noodles widely available in Australia, but they might be available from specialist manufacturers.

Are Udon noodles gluten free?

Traditionally speaking, Hokkien noodles use wheat and are thus not gluten free. I have tried a few brands (Kantong and Wokka) in Australia that made thick rice noodles, akin to udon. However, a recent Google search doesn’t bring them up so I don’t know if they are still being made.

An aerial view of two bowls of FODMAP friendly, vegetarian or vegan and gluten free ramen. The bowls sit on a beige linen tea towel and a glass of water sits in the top right corner. The ramen is topped with smoked tofu slices, corn, spring onion greens, sliced nori and pak choi

Tips for using gluten free noodles

  • Always check the label to ensure the noodles are actually gluten free.
  • Cook noodles on a low boil as opposed to a vigorous boil. They are often more fragile and prone to breakage, so a gentle boil will aid in keeping them in tact. Similarly, strain them gently if you can.
  • A small splash of oil over cooked and drained noodles will help stop them sticking together as they cool.
  • I like to add GF noodles last after adding sauce in things like a stir fry. This means you don’t have to toss them excessively and risk them breaking.
  • A great stand in for egg noodles or any variety of GF noodles (which can be harder to find) is store bought gluten free spaghetti. It is widely available, cheap and holds up really well to stirring, sitting in liquids and rough handling. You can’t tell they’re not egg noodles once they’re in sauce, anyway.

Recipes for gluten free noodles

The following are gluten free noodle and pasta recipes from my website. Where possible, I try to cater to specific diets including vegan, xanthan gum free, corn free and low FODMAP.

Gluten free egg noodles

These gluten free egg noodles are a recipe in my cookbook, Intolerance Friendly Kitchen. They are chewy and delicious and can be used fresh or frozen.

An aerial view of a white bowl of FODMAP friendly chilli oil noodles. The noodles are casually strewn about in the bowl, and topped with cucumber batons, spring onion greens and sesame seeds. The bowl sits atop a dark grey steel backdrop, which contrasts with the white bowl and vibrant chilli red tinted hue of the noodles

Gluten free egg pasta

A simple gluten free egg pasta recipe is a must have when on a gluten free diet. They’re fun to make and delicious to eat. I recommend a pasta machine for this recipe, but also for all of these recipes. These days you can easily find a cheap one that does the job.

Gluten free egg pasta
A basic recipe that every gluten free eater should have in their back pocket.
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An aerial view of a tray of fresh gluten-free egg pasta and one of cooked tomatoes on a white marble table.
An aerial image of gluten free egg pasta arranged in groups on a mottled steel baking tray

Gluten free soba noodles (vegan)

These 100% buckwheat flour soba noodles are gluten free, vegan and xanthan gum free. They are a recipe in my first buckwheat e-book which you can find here.

An aerial macro image of gluten free 100% buckwheat noodles arranged in nests on a wooden chopping board

Gluten free 100% buckwheat lasagne sheets (vegan)

Now that I have this incredibly easy lasagne sheet recipe in my back pocket, I find it hard to pay for store bought. This recipe is gluten free, vegan, xanthan gum free and makes 3 large sheets, which is the perfect amount to keep the buckwheat subtle. This is a recipe in my second buckwheat e-book which is linked here.

An aerial view of a low FODMAP lasagne on a white marble table in contrasting sunlight. The lasagne is surrounded by glasses of water and extra plates of lasagne

Gluten free beetroot pasta

This beetroot pasta recipe really is as vibrant as it looks. It’s a fun way to make pasta and gorgeous to look at.

Gluten-free beetroot egg pasta
Beautiful, vibrant and fun!
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A dark and moody image of gluten free beetroot pasta dough nests on a dark blue backdrop
Gluten free beetroot pasta arranged in small nests on a dark blue background

Gluten free ravioli

Is there anything better than ravioli with brown butter sage sauce? Doubtful. To aid you in this pursuit, I developed a gluten free recipe that I absolutely love. Makes plenty so you will leftovers, too.

Gluten free spinach and ricotta ravioli
Aka: the dinner of my dreams.
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Homemade gluten free ravioli with lactose free ricotta and spinach filling and a brown butter crispy sage topping. FODMAP friendly, nut free, gluten free and vegetarian. Recipe from www.georgeats.com
An aerial view of five white ceramic plates topped with gluten free ravioli with a brown butter and sage sauce. The plates sit arranged in a casual pattern around the central plate on a white marble table.

Gluten free potato gnocchi

To complete the pasta trifecta: this simple gluten free potato gnocchi is another recipe that makes for great meal prep. It is xanthan gum free and contains a simple mix of flours to make things as easy as possible.

Gluten free potato gnocchi
Delicious and simple gluten free potato gnocchi that can be boiled, baked or pan fried.
Check out this recipe
A close up of a small skillet of FODMAP friendly pasta sauce baked with gluten free potato gnocchi. A fork dips into the gnocchi in the bottom right hand side of the image.
A close up of a small skillet of FODMAP friendly pasta sauce baked with gluten free potato gnocchi. A fork dips into the gnocchi in the bottom right hand side of the image.

Recipes that use gluten free noodles

Low FODMAP Pad Thai (vegan option)

Pad Thai is easily for of my top 5 favourite dishes ever. It has everything and more. The traditional version doesn’t quite fit a low FODMAP and vegetarian diet, so I developed my own recipe. It is easily vegan and uses rice noodles which keep it gluten free.

Low FODMAP Pad Thai (vegetarian, vegan option)
The heavenly classic made low FODMAP and vegetarian or vegan.
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An aerial view of a black skillet filled with FODMAP friendly Pad Thai on a white marble table. A glass of water sits to the top left of the image, catching sunlight. The Pad Thai is casually arranged and topped with spring onion greens, bean sprouts, toasted peanuts and wedges of lime
An aerial view of a black skillet filled with FODMAP friendly Pad Thai on a white marble table. A glass of water sits to the top left of the image, catching sunlight. The Pad Thai is casually arranged and topped with spring onion greens, bean sprouts, toasted peanuts and wedges of lime

Low FODMAP chilli oil noodles (vegan)

This recipe is probably one of the most delicious things on my website. It also only takes 5 minutes to make, which hardly seems fair. Serve it is a quick weeknight dinner or at a dinner party – it will impress regardless. I use my gluten free egg noodles linked above or store bought gluten free pasta for a vegan option.

FODMAP friendly chilli oil noodles
Delicious, vegan, low FODMAP and ready in the time it takes to cook your noodles. Weeknight heaven.
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An aerial view of two white bowls of FODMAP-friendly chilli oil noodles. The bowls sit atop a light grey stone background, and one bowl is the centre of the image, while the other peeks out of the top lefthand corner. The bowl in the centre has a fork in it, poking out the top right hand side of the image. The noodles are casually topped with spring onion greens, toasted sesame seeds and cucumber batons
A close up aerial view of FODMAP friendly chilli oil noodles in a white ceramic bowl. A fork pokes out of the top left hand side of the bowl, extending across to the right. The bowl sits atop a dark blue metal backdrop. The noodles are casually strewn in the bowl and topped with sesame seeds and spring onion greens

Low FODMAP minestrone (vegan option)

There’s not much better than a big bowl of minestrone on a cold night. This version is a lighter, brothy version that is gluten free, low FODMAP and vegan if you don’t add the optional parmesan to serve.

Low FODMAP minestrone
A delicious low FODMAP, gluten free and vegan take on the classic.
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An aerial close up view of a white speckled ceramic bowl filled with low FODMAP minestrone. The minestrone is topped with garlic infused oil, fresh herbs and parmesan. The bowl sits atop a white marble table
An aerial close up view of a white speckled ceramic bowl filled with low FODMAP minestrone. The minestrone is topped with garlic infused oil, fresh herbs and parmesan. The bowl sits atop a white marble table

Easy gluten free low FODMAP pasta sauce

After developing the low FODMAP chilli oil noodles, I wanted to develop an equally delicious pasta version. This dish uses garlic infused oil, pickled garlic and other bits and bobs to achieve a simple but flavour packed sauce for your pasta.

Low FODMAP Pasta
An easy and delicious low FODMAP, gluten free weeknight pasta.
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An aerial image of a low FODMAP pasta dish in a an olive green skillet atop a white marble table. The pasta is topped with parsley, parmesan and red chlli.
An aerial image of a low FODMAP pasta dish in a an olive green skillet atop a white marble table. The pasta is topped with parsley, parmesan and red chlli.

Low FODMAP ramen

This low FODMAP ramen is one of my favourite recipes from my cookbook, Intolerance Friendly Kitchen. It is Tantanmen inspired, with a rich and creamy low FODMAP broth. I like to use my gluten free egg noodle recipe above, but you can also use gluten free pasta.

An aerial image of three bowls of low FODMAP ramen on a mustard coloured linen tablecloth

Sweet and sticky ginger buckwheat noodles (vegan)

This simple dinner dish is quick and easy but still effortlessly delicious. It is vegan, gluten free, and uses gluten free buckwheat noodles. If you can’t find them in the store, I have a xanthan gum free recipe for them here.

Sweet and sticky buckwheat noodles with tofu and radishes
An easy and delicious weeknight dish.
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Sweet and sticky buckwheat noodles with crispy tofu and vegetables on a white marble table
A plate of sweet and sticky buckwheat noodles with carrots, radishes, tofu and Asian greens. The white ceramic plate sits on a turmeric coloured linen tablecloth.

Low FODMAP pasta alla vodka

The most tomato-y tasting creamy and heavenly pasta is made courtesy of a little splash of vodka. This version is a low FODMAP take on the classic that uses store bought gluten free spaghetti.

FODMAP friendly pasta alla vodka
A delicious and simple low FODMAP pasta alla vodka.
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Three white ceramic plates of FODMAP friendly Pasta Alla Vodka on a white marble table. The pasta is topped with extra finely grated Parmesan cheese.
FODMAP friendly Pasta Alla Vodka on dark grey ceramic plates, casually arranged atop a mottled steel backdrop

Low FODMAP chow mein

One last recipe from Intolerance Friendly Kitchen, this low FODMAP vegetarian chow mein uses my gluten free egg noodles to make a filling and delicious lunch or dinner. The sauce is simple but packs a punch, and it tastes just like I remember.

A close up aerial image of a wok filled with FODMAP friendly vegetarian chow mein and gluten free noodles

Low FODMAP vegan peanut butter stir fry

This easy stir fry packs a punch flavour wise, but remains gluten free, vegan and low FODMAP. A quick and delicious weeknight dinner that rivals any ‘regular person’ stir fry.

Gluten free vegan peanut butter stir fry noodles
Heaven in a bowl.
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A close up aerial view of a speckled ceramic bowl filled with vegetarian peanut butter noodles. The noodles are topped with toasted sesame seeds, spring onion and coriander and sit against a mottled grey backdrop

2 Comments

  1. Hi, There are also noodles made with mung bean flour out there too. They are generally a vermicelli type, and are great for stir-fries, laksa etc. I have a grain intolerance and tend to use them, buckwheat noodles and dangmyeon a lot. I know some people have issues with pulses, but if you don’t most Asian stores stock them and they are easy to use and taste great too! Thanks for the new buckwheat e-book!

    1. Hi Nic! I haven’t tried mung bean because I don’t generally do well with beans but I should definitely test them again to see!

      Good to know they taste good, the name doesn’t inspire me haha.

      I hope you’re enjoying the e-book 🙂

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