Traditional Gluten-Free Cornish Pasty Recipe

Published on Oct 08, 2020

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 30 + minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Serves: 6 - 8
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I am thrilled to share this Gluten-Free Cornish Pasty Recipe with you today. The pastry is flaky and buttery filled with savoury filling made with steak, potatoes, rutabaga and onions. The hearty filling in this Pasty is traditionally used in Cornish Pasty Recipes.

I believe you will be impressed by how delicious these Gluten-Free Cornish Pasties are! Another wonderful gluten-free recipe to add for cooler weather.

What is a Cornish pasty?

To put it simply, it is a handheld meat pie that was first invented in Devon, a county in southwest England. The filling in this gluten-free pasty recipe is classic. Thinly sliced beef, potatoes, turnip and onions. This Cornish pasty recipe is just as if it was made with gluten…so so good!


baked gluten free Cornish pasty on a plate


how did I come about creating the Cornish Pasty?

Over the last little while, my wonderful readers have asked me repeatedly to create a Cornish Pasty recipe with a flaky crust and the traditional filling.

Creating a gluten-free flaky shortbread crust wasn’t my easiest task. I made it several times until I found the perfect combination of ingredients for this flaky crust, making these Cornish Pasties outstanding.

Honestly, the pasties are so incredibly delicious – The flaky crust and the filling are both perfect!


sliced Cornish Pasty on a plate with peas


instruction on creating the best Gluten-Free Cornish Pasties

You can make pasties in various sizes. The most common ones are an 8-inch or 6-inch size. I prefer mine smaller the 6-inch size, mostly because I can’t finish the larger one 🙂 The pasties are super filling, especially if you add a side.


gluten free short crust ingredients in bowls, flour, sour cream, butter, ice water


1) all the ingredients must be well chilled and the dry ingredients whisked together


flour and grated butter in a bowl for shortcrust pastry


2) grate the butter into the dry ingredients


shortcrust pastry ingredients mixed with a fork in a bowl


3) use a fork to mix the butter with the flour, then add sour cream and mix to combine. At this point start adding ice water until the flour starts to stick together and you can form a ball of dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 45 minutes.


cornish pasty filling, rutabaga, steak, onions in a bowl


4) make the filling, by mixing the ingredients.


gluten free pastry dough rolled into a circle


5) once the dough has chilled for 45 minutes, roll it out into a circle either 8-inch in diameter or 6-inch and about 1/8-inch thick. You can use a plate as your guide and cut the dough around it to form your circle. 


cornish pasty filling on half of the pastry circle dough


6) divide the steak mixture into equal portions for each pasty. Spread steak mixture slightly off-center on each round of dough and top with 2 thin slices of butter. Fold dough over the mixture to form a half-moon shape. You can use the parchment paper to lift the dough and fold it over the filling.


gluten free Cornish pasty assembled before baking


7) wet the tips of your fingers lightly with water and moisten inside of the edges of the pastry dough. Seal the dough and crimp the edges using a fork or your fingers. Place each pasty on the prepared baking sheet. Brush each pasty with egg mixture.


baked gluten free Cornish pasty


8) bake for 45 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!


rutabaga VS turnip




I used the classics in this traditional Cornish Pasty recipe: steak meat, potatoes, onions, and rutabaga. Rutabagas are sometimes called swedes or Sweedish turnip. This root vegetable is similar to a turnip except the healthy rutabaga is yellow on the outside and has orange flesh.

Turnip, on the other hand, is white and purple on the outside with white flesh. Rutabagas are also generally larger and stay tender even at larger sizes.

Cornish pasty filling options

You can use various fillings in Cornish Pasties, especially if your budget doesn’t allow for the steak. You can substitute ground meat for the steak, such as beef, pork, lamb, or chicken.

For the veggies, you can add carrots, peas, celery or corn. Or make a vegetarian pasty using potatoes, rutabaga, onions, peas and carrots. Another delicious pasty is using fish, such as white fish or salmon and veggies.


gluten free Cornish pasty on a plate with peas


what to serve with Cornish pasty?

The pasty is pretty much a meal on its own. However, often they are served with mashed potatoes, gravy and peas. I like my Pasty with a light green salad.

Cornish Pasty was initially developed for farmers and miners in southwest England. The pasties were used as a hearty lunch for the hard working people.

The Cornish Pasty is a savoury filling wrapped in a flaky crust, making it a delicious hearty lunch. If you like British food you may enjoy the Gluten-Free Fish Pie or the Gluten-Free Cottage Pie.

If you make the gluten-free Cornish pasty recipe, I would love to hear your thoughts or recommendations, so please leave a comment. I always love to hear from you!

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Kristina xx

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thank you for sharing Linda, I make them often and everyone loves them, especially the crust. To freeze the dough, first freeze it, then wrap it up in plastic wrap or freezer bags and place it in the freezer up to 2 months

Linda Benson

First time making Cornish pasties and I love how the pasty was crispy and flaky. I need to double the dough so I can freeze some for later.


to be honest Karen I don’t know since I have not used vegan margarine, sorry


I'm lactose-intolerant. Can I make these with vegan margarine instead?


I am so happy that you like this gluten-free version, my family loves it!

Georgina. R

This Cornish pasty recipe turned out so good! Thank you so much, I never thought I could enjoy a gluten-free version this much.


I am so happy to hear that you liked it!


this recipe turned out better than I expected, it’s awesome!


I am so happy to hear that and thank you so much for letting me know!

Katie Harris

First attempt at gluten free pastry and second attempt at pasties. This recipe was phenomenal!! It amazed everyone and I was SO PLEASED with how they turned out. We had them to celebrate St. Piran’s Day and it was definitely a success. Thank you so much for posting. Wish I could post a photo to share how great they looked!


Thank you, I am so happy to hear that, yes I reheat them in the oven


Excellent recipe! Thank you. Love the pastry!! I cut the recipe in half and it still made 4 large pasties. How do you reheat them-in the oven?

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