Are you craving a warm and comforting meal but don’t have the time to make an elaborate meal? Try this easy, no-bake shepherd’s pie! This cottage pie is loaded with classic shepherd’s pie flavors, but it comes together in a fraction of the time. There are vegetarian and vegan options, and no oven is required!

A shepherd's pie topped with mashed potatoes in a cast iron skillet.

This simple no bake shepherd’s pie has become a popular family meal here at the Fearless Dining household. It is fast, easy, and is the classic comfort food. We make it at least once a month. You can use my Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes recipe to make homemade mashed potatoes, but if you are short on time, instant mashed potatoes also taste great.

Recipe At A Glance:

  • Skill Level – Beginner
  • # of Ingredients – 10
  • Meat Types – You can use ground beef, turkey, chicken, pork, or vegan meat.
  • Cook Time – 30 minutes

Allergen Information:

This recipe is gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, tomato-free, and soy-free. Use plant-based butter and milk to make this shepherd’s pie without tomato paste dairy-free. To make this recipe vegan, use vegan meat like Impossible brand with ⅓ cup of vegetable broth.

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Why I love this no bake shepherd’s pie recipe:

  1. The best part about this no-bake shepherd’s pie is its versatility. You can use any type of ground meat that you like or even switch things up with lentils or tofu for a vegetarian option.
  2. Easy to make in just 30 minutes since there is no baking time!! It is perfect for busy weeknights!
  3. Budget-friendly – I love creating budget meals. If you are looking for more ways to save money when you are gluten-free, these gluten-free budget tips can help!
  4. Comfort food – This cozy meal brings families together for fun family meals! The layer of creamy mashed potatoes makes it so good!

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Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the ingredients used to make the no bake shepherd's pie.
  • Ground Meat – Use ground beef, lamb, turkey, chicken, pork, or vegan meat.
  • Onions – I prefer yellow onion.
  • Corn – Use fresh, canned, or frozen corn. (Frozen vegetables are a great shortcut in making this recipe.)
  • Peas – You can also use other veggies that you have on hand, like green beans, carrots, and mushrooms.
  • Yellow Bell Peppers – (not pictured above): I had yellow on hand, but any color is delicious.
  • Potatoes – Make mashed potatoes with russet potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, or leftover ones! Optional: Add parmesan cheese to the potatoes for extra flavor.
  • Garlic – Use whole cloves or garlic powder.
  • Gluten-Free Soy Sauce or Tamari – Since some readers can’t find gluten-free Worcestershire sauce, I created this recipe to use gluten-free soy sauce or tamari. Coconut aminos also work well.
  • Italian Seasonings/Salt/ Black Pepper
  • Cooking Oil – I recommend a light oil like canola, avocado oil, or olive oil.
A forkful of shepherd's pie.

Tips For Sucess:

  • Use any vegetables you like in this recipe. I love to use the veggies in my refrigerator that are going to spoil soon. It is a great way to avoid food waste!
  • After the meat has cooked, drain some of the fat into the trash or a jar. Don’t drain it into the sink, or it can clog pipes!

Step-By-Step Directions:

Prep: chop the potatoes into large pieces. Add to a pot of water, cover, and bring them to a boil. When the water is boiling, turn down the heat to low and continue to cook the potatoes until they are soft. You can leave the peels on or peel the potatoes.

Photos of steps one and two cooking the onions and veggies with meat.

Step 1: Add oil to a cast iron skillet. (Because this is a no bake recipe, you won’t need a casserole dish. Add the chopped onion and yellow pepper. Sauté over medium heat for 3 minutes until the onions start to become clear in color.

Step 2: Add the ground meat. I used ground turkey thighs, which are a bit fatter than turkey breasts. I find dark meat stays juicier when cooked compared to breast meat.

Photos of steps 3 and 4 cooking the meat and vegetables.

Step 3: Add the seasonings, salt, and ground black pepper. Use a wooden spoon to chop up the meat as it cooks.

Step 4: Add the peas and corn to the large skillet. I used frozen vegetables. (I did not thaw them before adding them to the pan.)

Step 5: Carefully drain ⅔ of the fat into a cup or jar. Set the meat mixture aside.

Potatoes boiling in a pot of water.

Step 6: I like to poke a fork into a potato to see if the potatoes are done cooking. If the potato is soft, the potatoes are ready. Drain off the hot water carefully into the sink. I pour the potatoes into a colander, then put the potatoes back into the large pot.

🔑 Sandi says: I have made this recipe both by peeling the potatoes and leaving the peels on for added fiber.

Using an electric mixer to whip the potatoes.

Step 7: Put the cooked potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add the milk, butter, salt, and pepper. Use a potato masher or electric mixer to whip the mashed potatoes.

Adding mashed potatoes on top of the meat and vegetable layer.

Step 8: Use a large spoon to put the fluffy mashed potatoes on top of the meat and vegetable mixture. Spread it out in an even layer. Serve it hot!

Serving Suggestions:

Serve this gluten free shepherd’s pie with some of these tasty side dishes and rolls:

Recipe FAQ:

How do you store shepherd’s pie?

Store leftovers in an airtight container. They will keep fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze this no-bake shepherd’s pie?

Yes! This meal freezes very well. Store in a freezer-safe airtight container.

A fork lifting a biteful of shepherd's pie.

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If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Include which flour blend you used. This helps others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A shepherd's pie topped with mashed potatoes in a cast iron skillet.

No Bake Shepherd’s Pie

Sandi Gaertner
A tasty, homemade gluten-free shepherd's pie that requires no baking! Make it in just 30 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 344 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef See notes
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup corn
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Potatoes

  • 3 cups chopped potatoes See notes
  • cup milk or heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions
 

  • Prep: Wash the potatoes and then chop the potatoes into large pieces. (Peeling is optional!) Add the potatoes to a pot filled half way with water, cover, and bring them to a boil. When the water is boiling, turn down the heat to low and continue to cook the potatoes until they are soft. You can leave the peels on or peel the potatoes. If you are using instant mashed potatoes, prepare them now according to package directions.
  • Add oil to a cast iron skillet. (Because this is a no bake recipe, you won't need a casserole dish. Add the chopped onion and yellow pepper (if you are use bell pepper. It is optional.) Sauté over medium heat for 3 minutes until the onions start to become clear in color.
  • Add the ground meat. I used ground turkey thighs, which are a bit fattier than turkey breasts. I find dark meat stays juicier when cooked compared to breast meat.
  • Add the seasonings, salt, and ground black pepper. Use a wooden spoon to chop up the meat as it cooks.
  • Add the peas and corn to the large skillet. I used frozen vegetables. (I did not thaw them before adding them to the pan.) Note: Use any vegetables you have on hand. This is a great recipe for avoiding food waste. Continue to cook until the frozen vegetables are hot.
  • Carefully drain ⅔ of the fat into a cup or jar. Set the meat mixture aside. See notes.
  • If you are making freshly made mashed potatoes: I like to poke a fork into a potato to see if the potatoes are done cooking. If the potato is soft, the potatoes are ready. Drain off the hot water carefully into the sink. I pour the potatoes into a colander, then put the potatoes back into the large pot.
  • Put the cooked potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add the milk, butter, and salt. Use a potato masher or electric mixer to whip the mashed potatoes.
  • Use a large spoon to put the fluffy mashed potatoes on top of the meat and vegetable mixture. Spread it out in an even layer. Serve it hot! 

Notes

  1. You can use any ground meat or vegan meat in this recipe.
  2. Add ⅓ cup broth to make gravy if you use very lean meat. I use chicken broth with ground turkey breast and vegetable broth with vegan meat. If you are using fattier ground meat like beef, pork, or turkey thighs, you do not need to add broth unless you want a lot of gravy.
  3. Use any vegetables you have on hand. This is a great recipe for avoiding food waste.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freeze in an airtight container.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 344kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 17gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 829mgPotassium: 643mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 336IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 3mg
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