Homemade Croutons

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Learn how to make homemade croutons that are crunchy on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside, and SO much better than store bought croutons. Use in salads, soups, stuffing, and more!

Homemade Croutons

Easy Homemade Croutons

I love a good salad, especially when croutons are involved, but not any old croutons will do. I don’t like store bought croutons, I like homemade croutons. They are SO much better and SO easy to make, I promise. Today, I am going to teach you how to make the best croutons in under 30 minutes. You can use them in salads, as a garnish for soup, chowder, chili, in your favorite stuffing, grind them up in a food processor to make breadcrumbs, and so much more! You will never buy store bought croutons again…and you will want to use croutons in anything and everything because they are so good!

Croutons Recipe

Homemade Croutons Ingredients

  • Bread-To make good croutons, you need to start with good bread. Use a crusty loaf of bread, either French, Italian, or Sourdough. Don’t use wimpy white Wonder bread:) It is also best to use bread that is stale, that is at least a day or two old. So if you have stale bread sitting on the counter, don’t throw it out, make croutons! You can also use flavored breads to jazz up your croutons. Rosemary & olive oil, asiago cheese, or garlic are all great options for making flavored croutons. Don’t cut off the crust, the crust is what makes the croutons hearty and so delicious!
  • Olive oil AND Butter-I use olive oil and butter to make croutons. You need to toss the bread cubes in olive oil so they will crisp up in the oven. I like to add melted butter too for added flavor. If you need the croutons to be vegan, you can use just olive oil.
  • Garlic Powder-I normally like to use fresh garlic, but with croutons, I like to use garlic powder so the garlic doesn’t burn in the oven and so all of the croutons are evenly coated with garlic.
  • Italian Seasoning-Italian seasoning adds great flavor to the croutons and we always have a jar in our pantry.
  • Salt and Black Pepper-Finish with salt and pepper for necessary flavor.

How to Make Croutons

You can make homemade croutons in about 30 minutes and most of the time is oven time. The prep is easy and the results are SO delicious! To make homemade croutons:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Cut the loaf of bread into 3/4-inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Make sure the bread cubes are all the same size so the croutons cook evenly. You can also tear your bread if you want rustic bread cubes. I usually like to cut the bread with a bread knife to make sure they are the same size, but either way works!
  • Drizzle the bread cubes with olive oil and melted butter. Sprinkle the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper over the bread. Toss until all of the bread cubes are well coated.
  • Spread the bread cubes onto the prepared baking sheet, making sure the bread cubes are in an even layer and not touching. If they are too close and overlapping, they won’t cook evenly and won’t crisp up.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, tossing halfway through, or until the croutons are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Warning, it is hard to walk by the pan and not grab a crouton or two…or a handful:)
  • Store croutons in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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Homemade Croutons Recipe

Homemade Croutons

Learn how to make homemade croutons that are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and SO much better than store bought croutons. Use in salads, soups, stuffing, and more!

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
20

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf crusty French, Italian, or Sourdough bread
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. Cut the loaf of bread into 3/4-inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Drizzle the bread cubes with olive oil and melted butter. Sprinkle the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper over the bread. Toss until all of the bread cubes are well coated.

  3. Spread the bread cubes onto the prepared baking sheet, making sure the bread cubes are in an even layer and not touching.

  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, tossing halfway through, or until the croutons are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Croutons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords

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I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. These croutons look amazing! I love the combination of olive oil and butter. This is a must try! Thank you for sharing these tips.

  2. 5 stars
    I tried to give this 5 stars, but the stars stayed grey, lol! These croutons were SO good and super easy to make. I also made your balsamic dressing, which was really amazing 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Yes, these croutons are indeed MUCH better than its store-bought version! I’m making this recipe for the second time, and this time I’ll make enough croutons for the whole week long, woo hoo!
    Thanks for the awesome recipe. Love you Maria & Josh! <3

  4. Love this recipe! Had leftover bread i had made. It was reheated once so it was ready to go ir to become croutons. Luckily I opted for croutons. Serving these with homemade soup. Can’t wait to pop these on a nice hot bowl of soup! Thanks for a great idea!

  5. Excellent. I used left over Hot dog buns and they came out great.Served as side/garnish for potato soup and were delicious. Easy recipe thanks.

  6. 5 stars
    Mine never got crunchy but I gave the recipe five stars still because I think it had nothing to do with the recipe and either the bread I used or… something.

    Wanted to use what was left of my BFs first attempt at baking a load of homemade gluten free bread for me at Christmas.

    Surprisingly, while it was pretty stale in the fridge it wasn’t moldy and actually still had some softness to it. But I knew right away I wanted to try making croutons out of the rest of it and followed this recipe.

    Was very simple took me about 10 minutes to get everything together. I put them in for 18 minutes and they were still kind of soft in the middle so I put them in for an additional four.

    They crunched up slightly more but they’re still kind of soft and not crunchy like typical croutons!

    What would you suggest doing in the future? they started getting pretty golden brown I was afraid they would burn if I left them in longer. Maybe cut them smaller next time? Cut them into pretty typical size pieces.

    Too much olive oil?

    Perhaps it’s because it’s gluten free bread?

    They’re very tasty otherwise and incredibly easy. Just for some pizazz I added a little of lemon pepper seasoning to mine

  7. 5 stars
    I have made these delicious croutons 4 times and making them again today for our Sunday Family Dinner. They are simply yummy and surprisingly easy to make.

  8. We used our homemade rustic loaf and homemade French bread in your recipe. Loved it! The next time we used the same ingredients plus some of our homemade Italian seasoning and also added in some onion powder. Delicious. I can’t help myself with playing around with recipes.

  9. My recipe for croutons is similar but I add fresh garlic. I don’t melt the butter. I put all the ingredients into the food processor. Since the butter wasn’t melted you can spread this with a spatula on the bread slices and then cut into cubes.

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