Homemade Croutons Recipe // Just 4 Ingredients!

Bowl of croutons sprinkled with parsley.

How to make Homemade Croutons with just 4 simple ingredients. This crouton recipe is so much better than store bought! Use in salads, soups, stuffing or just eat them straight off the pan. 

Like just about everyone else in the country right now, I’ve been hunkered down baking a lot of bread. I finally got my sourdough starter to take off, and since then, I’ve been pulling it out of the fridge weekly, feeding it, and baking up two loaves of bread every Sunday. It’s become my new normal, and I’m kind of loving it. 

I mean, nothing beats the smell of fresh baked bread, right? 

If you’re anything like me, and you have loads of bread on your hands, or even if you just have a few nubs of a store-bought loaf, you should definitely be making these homemade croutons. This crouton recipe is the perfect way to use up stale bread. And it’s super simple too. 

The hardest part of this crouton recipe may be trying not to eat them all straight off your baking sheet. You can use these homemade croutons for caesar salad, tomato soup and chili. They also make a killer stuffing. Or, give them a few pulses in your food processor to make breadcrumbs. 

Caesar salad topped with croutons

Homemade Croutons Ingredients

To make this simple crouton recipe, you’ll need these ingredients: 

  • Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

The Best Bread for Croutons

You can use any bread that you have on hand to make homemade croutons. Ideally, it will be a day or two old. A hearty loaf, with an airy crumb, like sourdough, makes for extra crispy croutons. But you can also make these croutons with a french baguette, ciabatta, dinner rolls, even hot dog buns. Whatever bread you use, don’t cut off the crust, that’s what gives those croutons their great texture. 

How Do You Make Croutons from Scratch? 

  • Dice your bread. Cut bread into ¾-inch cubes with a serrated knife. Aim for your pieces to be similar in size so that they’ll cook at the same rate. 
  • Toss with olive oil. Toss bread cubes in olive oil to coat evenly, this will ensure your spices stick. 
  • Sprinkle on spices. Sprinkle spices on the oiled bread cubes and toss to combine. 
  • Spread on baking sheet. Arrange bread cubes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in a single layer. 
  • Bake until crispy. Bake 10-15 minutes, tossing halfway through. 

Croutons on baking sheet after cooking.

How to Make Seasoned Croutons: 

As written, this crouton recipe is delicious. However, if you’d like to add more flavor to your croutons, here are some great add-in ideas: 

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Cumin
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Lemon zest
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Sesame seeds

How to Store Homemade Croutons

  • Let croutons cool completely then store in a sealed container or ziploc bag. 

How Long Do Homemade Croutons Last? 

  • Homemade croutons will keep for up to two weeks. 

Can I Freeze Homemade Croutons? 

  • Yes! Freeze croutons for up to two months. To use, bake in a 300 degree oven until thawed and crispy. 

Hand holidng Bowl of croutons sprinkled with parsley. Bowl of croutons sprinkled with parsley.

Substitute Crushed Croutons for Bread Crumbs

More Homemade Recipes:

Bowl of croutons sprinkled with parsley.

Crouton Recipe

How to make Homemade Croutons with just 4 simple ingredients. This crouton recipe is so much better than store bought! Use in salads, soups, stuffing or just eat them straight off the pan.
3.5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 4 cups bread (cut into ¾ inch cubes)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add bread cubes to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat. Sprinkle in Italian seasoning, garlic power, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
    Bowl of cubes of bread tossed with olive oil.
  • Spread the bread cubes out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
    Bread cubes on baking sheet before cooking.
  • Bake until golden, tossing halfway through, about 15-20 minutes, keeping an eye on them so they don’t burn.
    Croutons on baking sheet after cooking.
  • Remove from oven, and let cool.

Helpful Tips

  • Let croutons cool completely then store in a sealed container or ziploc bag. 
  • Homemade croutons will keep for up to two weeks.
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Equipment

Baking Sheet
Large Bowl

Nutrition

Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 905mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 4mg

One comment

  1. Marlynn

    5 stars
    These croutons are so easy to make and are yummy with so many salads! Love that they freeze well too!

    Reply

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