Deliciously Gluten-Free Spaetzle Recipe for a Perfect Meal!

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I understand the importance of having a healthy and balanced diet. One of the challenges that many people face when trying to eat healthily is finding meals that are not only nutritious but also delicious. That’s why I’m excited to share this fluffy gluten-free spaetzle recipe with you.

This traditional German dish is known for its soft, pillowy texture that pairs perfectly with various meat and vegetable dishes. But what if you’re following a gluten-free or dairy-free diet? No worries – this recipe has got you covered. It uses gluten-free flour and milk to create a healthier yet still decadent version of spaetzle that everyone in your family will love.

So let’s roll up our sleeves and get ready to make some fluffy spaetzle from scratch! With just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can enjoy a restaurant-quality meal from the comfort of your own home.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fluffy Gluten Free Spaetzle
Fluffy Gluten Free Spaetzle

Are you looking for a delicious, easy-to-make side dish that’s also gluten-free? Well, look no further! This fluffy gluten-free spaetzle recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings and impress your guests.

With its light and airy texture, it’s the perfect complement to any meal. Whether you’re serving it alongside a hearty German bratwurst or as an accompaniment to a light salad, this dish is versatile and delicious.

And don’t worry about missing out on flavor just because it’s gluten-free. This recipe packs in all the deliciousness of traditional egg noodles with none of the gluten. The combination of Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour, eggs, milk, and salt results in one incredibly tasty side dish that you won’t even realize is gluten-free.

So what are you waiting for? Try this fluffy gluten-free spaetzle recipe today and experience the perfect combination of taste and health. Your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 This fluffy gluten-free spaetzle is the perfect comfort food on a chilly night!
This fluffy gluten-free spaetzle is the perfect comfort food on a chilly night!

Here are the gluten-free ingredients you need to prepare this fluffy spaetzle recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour (we recommend Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Baking Flour 1-to-1)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of milk (gluten-free)

Note: You can also use different types of gluten-free flours, such as rice flour. However, make sure to adjust the quantity and follow the package instructions.

Optional Ingredients for Variations:

  • Vegan Cheese Alternative (for vegan option)
  • German Bratwurst or other sausages (for non-vegetarian option)

Make sure to check your ingredient labels to ensure they are gluten-free if you have any allergies.

The Recipe How-To

 Who says gluten-free means flavor-free? This spaetzle is full of bold, savory flavor.
Who says gluten-free means flavor-free? This spaetzle is full of bold, savory flavor.

Now that you have your ingredients, it’s time to get cooking! Here’s how to make this Fluffy Gluten Free Spaetzle Recipe:

Step 1: Mix the Batter

In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups of gluten-free flour (I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour), 1 tsp salt, and 2 large eggs that have been beaten. Gradually stir in 1 cup of milk (dairy-free works too). Mix until you get a smooth batter. Note: For those who are allergic to rice flour, you may swap it for another kind like almond or quinoa flour.

Step 2: Boil Water

In a large pot, bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil using high heat.

Step 3: Use A Spaetzle Maker Or Press The Dough Through A Sieve

Place the spaetzle maker over the boiling water or use a large sieve or colander, then pour some of the batter into the spaetzle maker, and move it back and forth over the boiling water. Using a rubber spatula, press down to force the dough through the holes of the strainer or colander into the boiling water in batches. Don’t be scared if you see some of them stuck together at first, they will come apart on their own. Cook them for about 3-4 minutes, or until they float to the top and are soft and tender.

Step 4: Rinse In Cold Water And Serve

Once cooked, rinse spaetzle under cold running water to prevent them from sticking together. Serve immediately as a delicious side dish or freeze for later use (see Make-Ahead and Storing section). Enjoy!

Recommended Serving Size: One serving is equal to about ¾ – 1 cup cooked spaetzle (which contains approximately 155 calories per serving).

Optional Step 5: Add Vegan Cheese or German Bratwurst

If you’re in the mood for an extra treat, you can customize your spaetzle recipe by adding some vegan cheese, sautéed onions, sliced mushrooms or roasted vegetables for a meat-free version. For the meat-lovers, pair this fluffy gluten-free spaetzle with some German bratwurst for a mind-blowing comfort food delight.

Substitutions and Variations

 Ready to level up your spaetzle game? This recipe is a winner!
Ready to level up your spaetzle game? This recipe is a winner!

If you’re looking to switch up this gluten-free spaetzle recipe, there are many versatile variations and substitutions.

Flour: This recipe calls for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free flour, but there are many other gluten-free flour options available, including rice flour or a blend of tapioca flour and potato starch. You can also use regular wheat flour if you don’t need to follow a gluten-free diet.

Milk: If you are lactose intolerant or simply prefer not to consume milk, try using unsweetened almond, cashew, or oat milk instead.

Eggs: Swap the eggs with vegan egg substitutes like chia seeds, flax seeds or aqua faba for an eggless version.

Cheese Spaetzle: Add grated vegan cheese for vegan cheese spaetzle or swap the German cheese with some dairy-free or vegan cheese alternatives.

Keto Spaetzle: To make it low-carb friendly, swap out the gluten-free baking flour with almond flour and use coconut milk as a replacement for milk.

Spaetzle maker: You can make Spaetzle noodles without any special equipment by pressing the batter through a large-holed colander or perforated spoon.

German Bratwurst and Kaese Spaetzle: Originally served as a side dish to German Sausages or creamy mushroom sauces, adding sausages or mushrooms to the dish will surely enrich the flavours.

Play around with these substitution and variations to find what suits you and your diet preferences best.

Serving and Pairing

 Satisfy your gluten-free cravings with this fluffy, delicious spaetzle.
Satisfy your gluten-free cravings with this fluffy, delicious spaetzle.

Once you have made this fluffy gluten-free spaetzle recipe, there are so many ways to serve it! Because this is such a versatile dish, you can pair it up with a variety of other foods to make it a meal that suits your taste.

If you are vegan, you can add some more vegan cream cheese, mushroom, and spinach to make it extra flavorful. Or add some sautéed zucchini or squash for a vegetarian touch.

However, my favorite way to serve fluffy gluten-free spaetzle is by dishing it up with German bratwurst with the classic braised red cabbage on the side. If I want something lighter, I just mix it with fresh baby spinach and roasted cherry tomatoes.

You may also choose to serve it as a side dish with roast chicken or beef, schnitzel or any other meat-based dishes. The firm texture and delicate flavor of the spaetzle make it an excellent match-up for hearty stews and casseroles.

When serving spaetzle, whether as a side dish or main course, you can use different sauces or toppings based on your taste buds. For a classic German-style cheese topping, sprinkle on grated Edam or Swiss cheese while the pasta is still warm. Alternatively, add some sautéed onions and crispy bacon bits for a delicious salty twist.

Pairing options are endless whatever be your dietary requirements. With this easy-to-make fluffy gluten-free spaetzle recipe, let your creativity fly and explore new flavor pairings that will keep everyone happy at the table!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Say goodbye to dense, flavorless gluten-free spaetzle - this recipe will make your taste buds dance!
Say goodbye to dense, flavorless gluten-free spaetzle – this recipe will make your taste buds dance!

The great thing about this Fluffy Gluten-Free Spaetzle Recipe is that it can be made ahead of time if necessary. You can prepare the spaetzle a day before and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To prevent the spaetzle from sticking together, you can add a drizzle of olive oil or use rice flour to dust them.

When ready to serve, simply reheat the spaetzle either on stovetop or microwave with a couple of tablespoons of milk or water to loosen it up. Be careful not to overheat, as that may cause the spaetzle to become rubbery.

If you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them before serving until they are hot all way through.

One benefit of this recipe is also that it freezes well. Place cooled spaetzle in an airtight container or freezer bag and put it straight into your freezer. Allow for defrosting properly before reheating directly or by using boiling water.

In general, it’s important not to overcook your spaetzle the first time while preparing the recipe as that can make them mushy during reheating. Therefore, observe steaming time and removal process as seen in section (4) The Recipe How-To to avoid overcooking.

Whether you’re planning on serving this fluffy gluten-free spaetzle freshly cooked or reheated from storage, these tips will help ensure that they maintain their delicious taste and texture when served!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Great news for dairy-free folks: this spaetzle is completely dairy-free, but totally creamy.
Great news for dairy-free folks: this spaetzle is completely dairy-free, but totally creamy.

Making gluten-free spaetzle can be a bit tricky, but don’t stress! I’ve got some helpful tips to ensure perfect results every time.

First and foremost, it’s important to use the right gluten-free flour. I recommend using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, which is specifically designed to replace wheat flour in baked goods with no need for additional modifications.

Once you have your flour ready, here are some additional tips for making the perfect fluffy gluten-free spaetzle:

1. Whisk your eggs and milk together until they’re completely combined before gradually adding in the dry ingredients. This will ensure a smooth batter.

2. Allow the batter to rest for about 10 minutes before forming into spaetzle shapes or cooking. Resting allows the flour to hydrate and results in a smoother texture.

3. Use a spaetzle maker to form the dough into traditional tube-like shapes. If you don’t have a spaetzle maker, you can use a colander or slotted spoon to push the dough through.

4. Boil your spaetzle in well-salted water until they float to the surface, then drain them immediately and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.

5. If you’re making cheese spaetzle or another baked variation, make sure to let your boiled noodles dry completely before adding them to your baking dish and topping with cheese or other ingredients.

Remember, practice makes perfect! Don’t be discouraged if your first batch doesn’t turn out exactly as expected — keep experimenting and trying new techniques until you find what works best for you.


Now that you’re familiar with the Fluffy Gluten-Free Spaetzle Recipe’s details, it’s time to answer some of the most common questions about it. Let’s talk about what folks usually wonder when making this dish and clear out any doubts and confusion.

What flour is best for spaetzle?

When it comes to making spätzle, Type 405 wheat flour is commonly utilized due to its high degree of milling and mineral composition, particularly magnesium and potassium.

What is the difference between spaetzle and egg noodles?

Spätzle is a unique form of noodle made with eggs that can be served as a side dish along with sauces or gravies. However, when combined with other ingredients, it can be transformed into an excellent main dish. One example is the well-known Käsespätzle. They are easy to prepare and always a crowd-pleaser. Simply mix them with some melted butter, and you’ve got yourself a dish that everyone in your family will love!

Are gnocchi and spaetzle the same?

Gnocchi and spaetzle are two different types of dumplings. Gnocchi are a type of Italian dumpling made from a dough that typically contains potato and flour, and it may or may not have eggs in it. On the other hand, spaetzle is a type of German dumpling made from a batter containing flour, eggs, and milk or water.

What tool can you use to prepare spaetzle if you don t own an spaetzle maker?

When one does not possess a spaetzle maker, they may opt to use a colander to press batter through the holes. It is advised to lift the colander above boiling water, as the dough may clog the colander. It is said that a potato ricer can also do the job.

Bottom Line

This fluffy gluten-free spaetzle recipe is absolutely delicious and perfect for those looking for a healthier, more nutritious option. I guarantee that this recipe will become a staple in your household and your family and friends will love it too.

By using the right flour and ingredients, you can create a gluten-free version of this classic German dish without sacrificing taste or texture. Whether you’re whipping it up as a side dish or pairing it with traditional German bratwurst, these homemade spaetzle noodles are sure to please everyone at the dinner table.

So if you’re tired of eating the same old pasta dishes, give this fluffy gluten-free spaetzle recipe a try. Who knows? You might even prefer it over traditional egg noodles! Enjoy the richness and texture of spaetzle dumplings made with rice flour and eggs, and let your taste buds dance with joy.

By following the simple steps outlined in this article, you’ll be able to create a delicious gluten-free variation of this popular German dish. So go ahead, get creative, add in some vegan cheese or any other twist of variations that work with you, and have fun experimenting with this wonderful gluten-free spaetzle recipe!

Fluffy Gluten Free Spaetzle

Fluffy Gluten Free Spaetzle Recipe

Another variation for homemade gluten free Spaetzle. Not the same as my other Gluten Free Spaetzle. This is a lighter fluffier Spaetzle.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Calories 324.2 kcal


  • 2 cups domata flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, plus
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • Mix together the Domata Flour with the salt.
  • Lightly beat the eggs and then beat in the milk in a separate bowl.
  • Add the eggs and milk to the flour mixture and mix till combined the dough will be sticky and thick.
  • On the flat side of a large cheese grater place a bit of the dough and push through with a side to side motion with a spatula. This will make little spaetzle balls.
  • Boil the spaetzle till floating and remove. Place in a bowl of butter and add parmesan cheese. You can also sever with a red sauce, cheese sauce, meat sauce and even just with some sauteed vegetables.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 122gCalories: 324.2kcalCarbohydrates: 52.3gProtein: 12.7gFat: 6.5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 106.3mgSodium: 664.8mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 0.3g
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