Is Panko Gluten Free? Plus 5 Options That Are!

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Are Panko Bread Crumbs Gluten Free?

The light and crispy panko coating on Asian food always looks mouthwatering. Is panko gluten free and safe to eat on gluten free diets?

For individuals with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease it’s crucial to know which ingredients are safe and which ones can potentially wreak havoc on your digestive system.

Those irresistible light flakes that coat shrimp at Asian restaurants always look so tempting. We’ll shed light on whether panko is gluten free!

Sushi filled with panko coated shrimp.

What is Panko?

Panko is a type of Japanese-style breadcrumb that is made from white bread. It is typically made from crustless, white bread that has been processed until it forms small, airy flakes.

Panko has a much lighter texture than regular breadcrumbs, which makes it a great choice for frying and baking. It is often used as a crunchy topping for casseroles, salads, and other dishes.

Panko coated chicken in a black bowl with various items.

Panko Ingredients

Panko is made from white bread, water, and salt. Below are the ingredients from the Progresso brand of panko bread crumbs.

Bleached Wheat Flour, Canola Oil, Yeast. Contains less than 2% of: Dextrose, Sugar, Salt. (source)

Panko coated shrimp with sushi on a plate.

How is Panko Made?

Panko is made by combining white bread, water, and salt into a paste. This paste is then spread out into thin layers on a baking sheet and baked until crispy.

The baking time and temperature vary depending on the desired texture and consistency.

Once the panko is baked, it is broken up into small flakes and left to cool.

People eating sushi and panko coated shrimp at a restaurant.

Is Panko Gluten Free?

No, panko is not gluten free. It is made from white bread and bread contains gluten.

Unless the panko has been made with actual gluten free panko bread crumbs it is not gluten free.

If you are at a restaurant that offers gluten free panko items you need to make sure they are frying them in oil that has not been contaminated with gluten.

Three bowls and one is filled with panko coated shrimp and the other with a sauce, and one with noodles.

Gluten Free Panko Brands

There are several brands that make gluten free panko. The ones with the * mean they are certified gluten free.

I also have more gluten free panko substitutes that you probably have in your pantry right now.

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Carol Lovett is the founder of Ditch the Wheat and a Globe and Mail bestselling author of the cookbook, Ditch the Wheat. She has been eating gluten free since 2010. She loves all things food, natural living, and spiritual. She's also a reiki master and crystal healer.

Gluten Free Resources

Do you need help with gluten free meals?
I recommend this meal-planning app. It makes cooking gluten free dinners extremely easy and family-friendly.
What gluten free snacks can I eat?
Lots! I have a ton of practical gluten free snack recipes in my cookbook.
How can I eat dessert on a gluten free diet?
You can 100% eat dessert while eating gluten free. Try my dessert cookbook for easy gluten free dessert recipes.
How do I know what is gluten free and what isn’t?
I have a whole section is it gluten free?
How do I make substitutions?
If you need substitution advice I created a ton of resources here.

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