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Overhead photo of homemade croutons on a parchment paper lined baking sheet with a ramekin of italian seasoning and neutral colored linen napkin next to the pan.
Easy Homemade Croutons Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
How to make Homemade Croutons easily from scratch with this simple, customizable recipe!
Course: Bread, Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Croutons, DIY, homemade
Servings: 12
Calories: 137 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf French Bread - (about 10-12 ounces)
  • 6 TBS Olive Oil
  • 3 TBS Finely Grated Parmesan - plus more for dusting croutons if desired
  • 2 small Cloves Garlic – roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning (Click ingredient for Homemade Italian Seasoning recipe)
  • Kosher Salt & Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 375 degrees Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Cube or tear bread. Either cut bread into ¾ inch-cubes with a knife or tear bread into small chunks by hand. Make sure the croutons are uniform in size so they bake evenly.

  3. Toss with oil and seasonings. Place cubed bread in a large bowl. Drizzle bread with oil. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with parmesan, garlic, seasoning, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Gently toss to evenly coat.

  4. Spread croutons out on a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer the bread cubes onto the prepared baking sheet. Make sure the croutons are spread out in a single, even layer.

  5. Bake. Bake the croutons, tossing once halfway through baking, for 15-20 minutes, or until the croutons are golden brown and crispy. Remove from oven and season with salt and more parmesan if desired. Allow the croutons to cool slightly on the pan. Use immediately, or allow transfer to a plate and allow to cool completely before storing in a zip-closure bag.

Recipe Notes
  1. Do NOT overcrowd the baking sheet. You want the croutons in a single layer with some space left between each cube of bread.
  2. Baking time will vary depending on the size of your croutons and how moist your bread is.
  3. To Store Croutons:  Croutons should be stored in a zip-closure bag at room temperature.  To keep croutons fresh, remove as much air as possible from the bag before sealing.  Croutons will keep for up to 2 weeks.
  4. Croutons can be frozen for up to 4 to 6 weeks.  To use frozen croutons, thaw them on a paper towel at room temperature for 1 hour.  Heat on a baking sheet at 250 degrees Fahrenheit until crisp.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Croutons Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 142mg6%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.