Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Recipe (2024)

| Modified: by Amy | 39 Comments | This website earns income from ads, affiliates, and sponsorships.

Learn how to make a gluten free sourdough starter from scratch and bake delicious gluten free sourdough bread in just 5-7 days!

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Recipe (1)

Because of high demand, we have created this tutorial for those that have wheat sensitivities, gluten intolerance or celiac disease to be able to make your own gluten free sourdough bread.

And don't worry about bland, dry, crumbly bread. The gluten free sourdough bread recipe that we have developed makes the most soft, sliceable and delicious gluten free bread!

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Recipe (2)

The process is very simple so let's get started!

What you'll need

The ingredients needed to make this gluten free sourdough starter are:

  • brown rice flour
  • water

We choose to use brown rice flour because it is inexpensive and readily available, but you can use any gluten free flour of your choice.

You will need measuring cups, a glass jar with a loose fitting lid and a rubber band to mark the level of starter in the jar.

How to make a gluten free sourdough starter

Day 1: Add ½ cup brown rice flour and ¼ cup of water to a clean jar. Stir, cover loosely and let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours.

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Recipe (3)

Day 2: Stir the starter, cover loosely and let it sit at room temperature for another 24 hours.

Day 3: Add ½ cup brown rice flour and ¼ cup of water to the jar. Stir, cover loosely and let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours.

The photos below were taken on day 3 before the starter was fed. You can see lots of bubbles on the sides of the jar with very little bubbles on the surface of the starter.

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Recipe (4)

Day 4-7: Discard half of the starter from the previous day and add ½ cup brown rice flour and ¼ cup of water to the jar. Stir, cover loosely and let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Use a rubber band to mark the level of the starter right after it is fed.

You should expect to see bubbles on the sides of the jar, but little to none on top of the starter.

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Recipe (5)

The starter is ready to use for baking when it rises by 25-30% in the jar after a feeding. Depending on the temperature, this could take anywhere from 6-12 hours. Warmer temperatures will cause the starter to grow faster.

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Recipe (6)

Tips for success

TIP 1: Sourdough starters grow best at room temperature. Somewhere around 70°F is great. If it's colder than that in your kitchen, your progress will be slower. Be patient, I promise that it will take hold if you trust the process.

TIP 2: You don't need to purchase special rice flour to feed your starter IF you have a high speed blender or a grain mill. I used my high speed blender to make flour from brown rice to get my gluten free starter going. Just blend until it is as fine as possible!

TIP 3: Cover the jar loosely. I lay the lid on the jar without securing it. The starter needs to be able to "breathe" so don't screw a lid on too tightly. You can also use a piece of thick fabric with a rubber band to secure it in place.

TIP 4: Pick morning OR night to feed your starter to make it easy to remember.

TIP 5: Save the discarded starter in a separate jar in the fridge. When there is enough, you can make gluten free sourdough discard crackers! (recipe coming soon)

How to maintain a gluten free sourdough starter

Keep the gluten free sourdough starter stored in the fridge until you are ready to bake. The night before you plan to mix your dough, remove it from the fridge and feed it the amount needed to make your gluten free sourdough recipe with. Once a week, discard half of the starter and refresh with ½ cup gluten free flour and ¼ cup water and place back into the fridge until you are ready to bake.

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Recipe (7)

How to make Gluten Free Sourdough Starter

Learn how to make a gluten free sourdough starter from scratch and bake delicious gluten free sourdough bread in just 5-7 days!

Rate this recipe!

4.94 from 16 votes

Print Pin Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Author: Amy Duska

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups brown rice flour
  • water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Day 1: Add ½ cup brown rice flour and ¼ cup of water to a clean jar. Stir, cover loosely and let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours.

  • Day 2:Stir the starter, cover loosely and let it sit at room temperature for another 24 hours.

  • Day 3:Add ½ cup brown rice flour and ¼ cup of water to the jar. Stir, cover loosely and let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours.

  • Day 4-7:Discard half of the starter from the previous day and add ½ cup brown rice flour and ¼ cup of water to the jar. Stir, cover loosely and let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Use a rubber band to mark the level of the starter right after it is fed. The starter is ready to use for baking when it rises by 25-30% in the jar after a feeding. Depending on the temperature, this could take anywhere from 6-12 hours. Warmer temperatures will cause the starter to grow faster.

NOTES

  • How to maintain going forward: Keep the gluten free sourdough starter stored in the fridge until you are ready to bake. The night before you plan to mix your dough, remove it from the fridge and feed it the amount needed to make your gluten free sourdough recipe with. Once a week, discard half of the starter and refresh with ½ cup gluten free flour and ¼ cup water and place back into the fridge until you are ready to bake.
  • Discarded sourdough starter can be kept in a separate container in the fridge and used to make gluten free sourdough discard recipes.
Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Recipe (2024)

References

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Allyn Kozey

Last Updated:

Views: 6279

Rating: 4.2 / 5 (63 voted)

Reviews: 94% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Allyn Kozey

Birthday: 1993-12-21

Address: Suite 454 40343 Larson Union, Port Melia, TX 16164

Phone: +2456904400762

Job: Investor Administrator

Hobby: Sketching, Puzzles, Pet, Mountaineering, Skydiving, Dowsing, Sports

Introduction: My name is Allyn Kozey, I am a outstanding, colorful, adventurous, encouraging, zealous, tender, helpful person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.