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Shepherds Pie is a delicious mealtime classic. That saucy, deeply flavourful filling, with a creamy potato topping, and that awesome golden cheese crust. It is the sort of food that brings a smile to everyone’s face!

Ready to enjoy Gluten Free Shepherds Pie? Make it in under an hour with this easy, homemade, celiac friendly recipe! This gluten free recipe is the epitome of simple, homey comfort food – and one of my family’s favourite things that we cook during the winter months.

Gluten Free Shepherds Pie

Gluten Free Shepherd's Pie

You don't have to say goodbye to this mealtime classic anymore! Enjoy a delicious, flavourful gluten free Shepherd's Pie at your next dinner with this simple Celiac friendly recipe.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


Mashed Potato Topping

  • 1 ¾ pounds yellow potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese optional

Shepherd's Pie Filling

  • 1 ½ pounds extra lean ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen carrots small pieces
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce *gluten free
  • ½ to ¾ cup beef stock
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch *gluten free


Shepherd's Pie Filling

  • Add ground meat, onion and carrots to pan with oil/bacon fat.
  • Fry over medium-high heat until the meat is browned.
  • Add ground meat, onion, celery, and carrot to the pan with oil/bacon fat.
  • Add frozen peas and cook for about 3 more minutes.
  • Add gluten-free cornstarch (sub for sweet rice flour optional) as a thickener and stir to blend.
  • Stir in tomato paste, gluten-free Worcestershire sauce, beef stock, thyme, and parsley.
  • Cook until the mixture is thick and all vegetables are tender.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.

Mashed Potato Layer

  • Heat oven to 375 F.
  • Fill a large saucepan about half full with water.
  • Add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil.
  • Peel and quarter potatoes.
  • Add potatoes to boiling water, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until tender.
  • Drain completely.
  • Mash potatoes with potato masher.
  • Add butter and milk and mash until smooth.
  • Stir in shredded cheddar cheese and chopped chives (optional).
  • Spoon meat and vegetable mixture into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish.
  • Spread mashed potatoes over the top of the meat.
  • Bake in heated oven for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown.

Recipe Tips & Notes

Need to speed things up? Substitute with Clubhouse Gluten Free Shepherd's Pie mixes - follow instructions as usual excluding tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, beef stock and cornstarch.
Save some money and buy frozen mixed vegetables too!


Adding a quick, healthy, delicious dinner to your families weekly gluten free meal plan is easy with this Gluten Free Shepherds Pie recipe. Customize with a variety of vegetables, meats and spices to fit all your dietary needs & wants.

Some would call this a “Cottage Pie” because we use beef instead of lamb, but we aren’t ones to argue with our Grandma’s! In England, the birthplace of this hearty dish, shepherd’s pie is most often made with a ground lamb filling. The main difference between cottage pie and shepherd’s pie is the meat used. Regardless of what you call it, a shepherd’s pie is basically a casserole with layers of cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked in the oven.

If you find you’re unable to find gluten free Worcestershire sauce, omit it from the recipe entirely and order online for next time! Many Worcestershire sauces are made with malt vinegar which contains gluten and we do not recommend taking that risk.

French’s Classic Worcestershire Sauce is a gluten free option that is a fermented condiment, that is savoury and sweet with a distinct tang provided by the vinegar. Great with steaks, burgers, and this Gluten Free Shepherds Pie recipe of course, plus so much more!

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15 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    Loved it! Great meal to whip up with easy ingredients. The only thing I added was a little seasoning and tomato sauce to give it the tomatoey flavor. Wish I could attach a picture!

  2. 5 stars
    This is on the top of the comfort food lover’s list. My grandkids love shepherd’s pie, so I will have to make this for them. Leftover would be great to pack in a thermos for their lunches too!

  3. 5 stars
    I introduced this recipe to my family and they loved it, my son asks for this about once a month. It’s definitely an investment of time but it’s so worth it.

  4. 5 stars
    My son is 16 and loves Shepherds pie. I’ve made many variations over the years, but when I made this one both my husband and son commented that it was the best yet. Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    With a ground beef and ground pork, this works great. Yes it is a “cottage pie” technically, but it is Shepherds Pie in this house now! Delicious 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Made this for my family. Never had made it before. Followed recipe exactly and everyone loved it. Definitely a keeper!

  7. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe! I used 7 medium potatoes and a little more half and half for the mashed potatoes. I also used one cup each of the peas, carrots and corn. It was the best Shepherds Pie I’ve ever had.

  8. 5 stars
    This is a phenomenal recipe! Highly recommend! We add extra Worcestershire sauce since the word is long and hard to pronounce and it enhances the flavor! Caveat: the prep time listed here is cheating the system somehow. It took me a full hour running around at record speed before it got to the oven bake time. Enjoy!!!

  9. 5 stars
    We really enjoy this recipe.. we never have peas on hand, so I use canned string beans and cut those in half so they’re more the size with the carrot pieces. What I like about this dish is I can make the mashed potatoes during the day so when it comes time to preparing the meat it seems to be a lot easier… even though it’s technically the same amount of work and time… 🤣😉

  10. 5 stars

    I added a little red wine to it. This was a house crowd pleaser. My 8 year old, and 3 year old loved it!!!

  11. 5 stars
    This has become a family favorite and I often make it for guests too, who always love it! In fact I am making it again today for my husband and I and thought I should finally give compliments to the original chef for the recipe! It is delicious! I use lamb when I make it by the way!

  12. 5 stars
    Fabulously delicious. Added the cheddar on top and doubled the recipe Veggies. Family loved it. Perfect comfort food. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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