What can I substitute for rice flour?

In this concise article, we will answer the question, “What can I substitute for rice flour”? With an in-depth analysis of rice flour, and the possible substitutes for rice flour.

What can I substitute for rice flour?

There are various substitutes for rice flour that give the same texture to your fried products as rice flour does. If you run out of rice flour in your kitchen or stores, then no need to worry, you can go with its substitutes that include cornstarch, all-purpose flour, almond flour, coconut flour, millet flour, sorghum flour, tapioca flour and chickpea flour.

Substitutes for rice flour

Rice flour is gluten-free, so all the substitutes mentioned in this article are the best substitutes for it, making sure that they are gluten-free.


Cornstarch is the best substitute for rice flour if you want to get your soups, gravy, or other sauces thick. Just like rice flour, cornstarch is also gluten-free and tasteless.

You should replace it with a ratio of 1:1. As if you are frying chicken and you must add one cup of rice flour to your recipe then you can easily replace it with one cup of corn starch. There is no need to add extra or fewer ingredients to it.

You can also use it in baking. But, when you are replacing it with baking goods, you need to add some extra ingredients to have the same effect.

All-purpose flour:

You can easily replace all-purpose flour if there is no issue with gluten. But, if you want it gluten-free then you must avoid this all-purpose flour because all-purpose flour contains 8-11% gluten.

All-purpose flour gives a fluffier and less brittle texture when used for cookies and cakes.

Another reason you would like to replace rice flour with all-purpose flour is, it is cheaper and relatively easier to find in stores. 

Almond flour:

Almond flour can also be used as a substitute for rice flour. It is gluten-free. It is made up of balanced and properly ground almonds. It works best for baking products. But, you should be careful while using it for frying products. Because it takes no time to cook and can burn quickly.

Other than this issue almond flour works well as a substitute for rice flour. Moreover, almond flour is rich in protein, potassium, fibre, and some vitamins and minerals. It is suitable for the many almond hearts rather than all-purpose flour.

If you are consuming too many almond containing products, then you should limit its quantity because it is rich in Omega-6 fatty acids, so it could cause inflammation or other health problems.

It does not work well for baking products because other ingredients like sugar, chocolate, and cinnamon could overlap its flavour.

Coconut flour: 

For breading your fried food, you can replace coconut flour if there is a shortfall of rice flour. It works too well for making the gravy of any food thick. 

It is gluten-free, also it is grain-free. It has a low quantity of glycemic index, is rich in fibre, and has fewer calories.

The digestion of coconut flour is easy. Moreover, there are not as many carbs in it.

Millet flour:

Millet flour is not a good substitute for replacing rice flour, but we can use it. Its taste is more corn-like. It has a gluten-free substitute for brown rice flour such as brown rice has a texture of nuts. Both products are used as an alternative for baking recipes.

Millet flour is best for use in cakes, pastries, muffins, bread, pancakes, etc and it gives you the great taste that you get after using other flours. It is also used for frying things and gives a crispy coating over chicken, fish, etc.

Sorghum flour:

It is also a substitute for rice flour. This flour is not sold in the market (100%) but many people think that it is a great alternative for rice flour. It is due to their taste that is gluten-free and has plenty of other nutrients like minerals, vitamins, source of protein, fibre, etc. It helps regulate metabolism. 

Most people think that it’s bitter, so it is not a good option for substituting rice flour. I heard from many people that it’s a great option to use in sweets and pieces of bread. Every person has their own opinion about their usage. It is not a good option for frying meat though.

Tapioca flour:

It is slightly sweeter than rice flour. Tapioca flour is used usually for baking products. It is not well performed in frying things. It is like a thickening agent that is best for pastries and pancakes. It helps make the crust crispier. 

When we want to make sauces, tapioca flour is a great option to use for this purpose because it is smooth and has no smell. It adds creaminess to sauces. Overall, tapioca flour is more used in improving the texture of baking products.

Chickpea flour:

Chickpea flour is another substitute used in place of rice flour. It is also used mostly in baking products. 


In this concise article, all the possible substitutes for rice flour are discussed with their benefit and required quantity to use in either frying or baking.



Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.