Bechamel (it’s actually Béchamel, but who really uses that?) is one of the five “mother sauces” of French cuisine. When I first went gluten-free, I swear it was in every damn recipe I was trying to convert. It’s really just a creamy white sauce that can be used as a base for all kinds of things. It’s layered in lasagna, macaroni and cheese, creamy soups – you get the drift.
I usually use my favorite gluten-free flour blend to make it, along with butter or olive oil and unsweetened coconut milk, because that’s what we always have on hand. You’ll notice I use a little less olive oil when I make it dairy-free. That’s because the consistency is different than butter. I’ve found that olive oil works better than coconut oil in a dairy-free version of this recipe.
Give this Gluten-Free Bechamel Sauce recipe a try, and let me know what you think!
You may also want to check out my post & video on How to Make Gluten-Free Roux.
Gluten-Free Bechamel Sauce
- 5 tablespoons butter -OR- 4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons Gluten-Free Flour blend -OR- 2 tablespoons rice flour + 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
- 4 cups milk dairy, unflavored coconut or unflavored almond
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted (or warm oil). Add the gluten-free flour and whisk until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until the mixture turns a light, golden sandy color, about 6 to 7 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat the milk in a separate pan until just about to boil. Add the hot milk to the flour mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Season with salt and nutmeg, and set aside until ready to use.