Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Dinner Rolls Recipe

These gluten-free, dairy-free dinner rolls, discovered at Wild Fish restaurant in Northern California, manage to be impossibly light and crisp at the same time—ideal dinner companions for almost any meal. At the restaurant, they’re made with organic ingredients and served with sweet-basil or spiced-pumpkin vegan butter.

5 from 2 votes

Gluten-Free, Dairy Free Dinner Rolls

Rolls can be stored in a ziplock plastic bag in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for 3 weeks.

Servings 18 rolls
Author Jessica Erin Leacox


  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110ºF)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2-1/4 cups tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup sweet sorghum flour
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sparkling water (still water works too)
  • Coconut oil cooking spray or gluten-free cooking spray
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Herbes de Provence and fine sea salt, for sprinkling (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and warm water and stir until dissolved. Stir in the yeast and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Sift the flours, xanthan gum, and salt together into a bowl.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Separate the egg whites and yolks. Reserve the whites and separately reserve just 1 of the yolks.
  4. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. Add the cream of tartar and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form. On low speed, add the agave, oil, vinegar, and reserved egg yolk. Add the yeast mixture and sparkling water. Switch to the paddle attachment and gradually add the flour mixture, a tablespoonful at a time, on low speed until blended. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.
  5. Add 2 inches water to an ovenproof pan and place it on the bottom of the oven (this will help crisp the rolls).
  6. Spray 18 muffin cups with cooking spray. Spoon enough of the moist batter to fill each cup halfway. Let rise in a very warm place until the batter rises above the muffin cup tops by about ½ inch, about 20 minutes.
  7. Spray the tops of the rolls with cooking spray, then bake until puffed and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Lightly spray the tops with cooking spray, unmold the rolls onto wire racks, and let cool completely.
  8. To serve, preheat the oven to 400°F, place the rolls on a baking sheet, brush them with olive oil, sprinkle with herbes de Provence and salt, if desired, and bake for 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Photography Craig Lee

12 Comments on “Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Dinner Rolls Recipe”

  1. Avatar for Pat Lordan

    5 stars
    Absolutely love these rolls! I will be making them again this Thanksgiving.

  2. Avatar for judy southard

    I had these at Wild Fish by the chef that created them. They were wonderful then l and now I will attempt to bake them for my G.F friend.
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe. So happy to have found this.

  3. Avatar for Alene

    I cannot eat rice anymore. This recipe will save me. I trial baked rolls with Better Batter Artisan blend flour, and they are dreadful! Thank you. Thank you!

  4. Avatar for Maura K Lynch

    5 stars
    Another total winner! Perfect in every way. This will be my new go-to dinner roll, without question!

  5. Avatar for Debi

    What can you sub for the eggs? My daughter-in-law is gluten sensitive as well as lactose and egg allergic. I though vegan meant no animal products.

  6. Avatar for Erika

    Hello! Thanks for your inquiry. You’re right — vegan means no aminal products. That’s why we call them dairy-free and not vegan. We have not tried to make these with egg substitute, but it may be worth doing. Let me know if you give it a shot. They’re special rolls for sure!

  7. Avatar for Lori Josefowski

    Have been gf for about 10 years and can’t find a good roll recipe

  8. Avatar for Erika

    You may need to heat them up to perk them up. Try it and let us know what you discover!

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