Enjoy Hot Pot Again With This Gluten Free Broth

Searching for a hearty, flavorful hot pot broth that won’t leave you feeling sick later? As someone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, finding a delicious broth for hot pot that’s safe to eat can feel impossible. Gluten lurks in so many sauce packets and bouillon cubes. But have no fear – you can still enjoy wonderful hot pot parties without worrying that the broth will make you ill.

The secret is starting completely from scratch with real, whole food ingredients that are naturally gluten-free. By using chicken, beef or vegetable stock as the base, then layering in garlic, ginger, scallions, chili peppers and spices like star anise and Sichuan peppercorns, you can create a flavorful, aromatic broth. Simmer mushrooms, carrots, bok choy and lean protein for extra nourishment. The bubbling pot of broth keeps you warm as you dip and swirl an array of fresh ingredients.

Savor the spicy, complex flavors free of gluten, knowing the meal will leave you satisfied, not sick. Feel the tension melt away as you gather with friends and family, connecting over delicious, steamy mouthfuls. Don’t miss out – make your own customized hot pot broth at home. This nourishing, gluten-free broth makes hot pot a possibility again.

Gluten Hides Everywhere in Traditional Broths

Hot pot broth seems so basic – hot water with some spices and seasonings. Unfortunately, many instant broths and sauces hide sources of gluten:

  • Soy Sauce – The salty flavor in many broth seasoning packets comes from soy sauce, which contains wheat.
  • Miso Paste – A common ingredient that adds an umami pop of flavor. Miso is made from soybeans, rice or barley.
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) – This flavor enhancer contains gluten from the hydrolysis process.
  • Starch Thickeners – Many broths use wheat-based starches to create a richer texture.

Without careful label reading, these hidden gluten sources in broths can sabotage your hot pot experience.

Simple Ingredients for Gluten Free Broth

With real, whole foods, it’s easy to make a tasty gluten free broth yourself:

  • Meat Broths – Beef, chicken or vegetable broth offers a savory base. Choose gluten free brands or make your own.
  • Aromatics – Garlic, ginger, scallions, chili peppers and mushrooms add flavor complexity.
  • Spices – Star anise, Sichuan peppercorns, five spice and soy-free chili sauce season the broth.
  • Protein – Thinly sliced beef or chicken along with tofu or fish balls cook directly in the broth.
  • Vegetables – Bok choy, napa cabbage, mushrooms, bamboo shoots and more add nutrients.

Skip the Gluten Thickeners

For thick broth without wheat flour or cornstarch, use:

  • Gelatin – Unflavored bovine gelatin dissolves easily into hot broth.
  • Xanthan Gum – Just a pinch of this gluten free thickener makes broth richer.
  • Pureed Veggies – Blend some cooked potatoes or soaked mushrooms into the broth.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Making your own gluten free hot pot broth is simple. Follow these steps:

1. Simmer the Broth

  • Heat 4 cups gluten free beef, chicken or vegetable broth to a gentle simmer.
  • Add sliced scallions, mushrooms, garlic, ginger and chili peppers. Let simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Season the Broth

  • Add soy-free chili sauce, five spice powder, sesame oil and salt to taste.
  • Stir in star anise pods and Sichuan peppercorns.

3. Thicken the Broth

  • Slowly whisk in gelatin or xanthan gum to reach desired thickness.
  • For thicker broth, puree some of the simmered vegetables into the liquid.

4. Cook Proteins and Vegetables

  • Place thinly sliced meats, tofu, fish balls or other proteins into the simmering broth to cook.
  • Add vegetables like bok choy, mushrooms and cabbage. Cook briefly until tender.

5. Set Out Condiments

  • Arrange soy-free chili sauce, scallions, cilantro, garlic, etc. for swishing into the broth.
  • Set out beef, chicken, shrimp skewers or fish balls for dipping.

Tips for a Sensational Gluten Free Hot Pot

Follow these tips for the best hot pot experience:

  • Keep broth at a gentle simmer – A rolling boil can make broth cloudy. Use a lower temp to keep broth clear.
  • Slice ingredients thin – Cut meat and veggies thinly so they cook quickly in the broth.
  • Balance flavors – Swirl in spicy, salty, savory and sour condiments to taste.
  • Control cooking times – Quickly dip more delicate items like tofu puffs or fish balls to prevent overcooking.
  • Stay gluten free – Check all ingredients and condiments to ensure they are 100% gluten free.


FAQ 1: What are some gluten-free substitutes for soy sauce in hot pot broth?

You can use coconut aminos, tamari, or liquid aminos as gluten-free replacements for soy sauce. They provide the salty umami flavor without the wheat.

FAQ 2: Can I use cornstarch to thicken my gluten free hot pot broth?

Unfortunately, cornstarch is not gluten free. It is derived from wheat and contains traces of gluten. Use arrowroot, tapioca starch, potato starch or xanthan gum instead.

FAQ 3: Is sesame oil gluten free?

Yes, pure sesame oil is gluten free. Be sure to use 100% pure sesame oil rather than flavored sesame oils, which may contain wheat.

FAQ 4: Are rice noodles gluten free?

Most rice noodles are gluten free, just be sure to check the label. Some rice noodles are mixed with wheat flour. Look for noodles made from just rice.

FAQ 5: Is fish sauce gluten free?

Yes, traditional fish sauce is gluten free. It’s made from fish that is fermented with salt. Double check that the brand does not contain added wheat.

Enjoy an Inclusive, Delicious Meal

Gluten free hot pot allows you to gather with friends and family to laugh, talk and savor delicious broth together. Follow this easy recipe to make hot pot broth free of gluten sources like soy sauce and wheat thickeners.

With flavorful, homemade broth bubbling away, you can dip and swish to your heart’s content. And no one has to miss out on the mouthwatering hot pot experience. Dive into a bowl of rich, savory and safe hot pot once again!

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Bill Kalkumnerd

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