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Freshly baked golden brown croutons on a baking sheet

Easy Homemade Croutons

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


Homemade croutons are easy to make at home in 30 minutes with leftover bread – and easy to customize, too! Perfect for topping a salad or some soup.


  • 2 cups hearty bread, diced into 1/2” cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon oil or melted butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning of choice (I like to use an Italian blend) 

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with a nonstick silicon mat (aff link) or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine diced bread and oil (or butter) to coat.
  3. Add Parmesan, seasoning, pepper, salt, garlic powder and toss to evenly coat.
  4. Pour onto prepared sheet pan in an even layer and bake for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through for more even browning.
  5. Let cool completely on baking sheet, then enjoy!


Storage: Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

My general rule is the following quantities per 1 cup of diced bread: 1/2 Tablespoon oil or melted butter, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 1 Tablespoon seasoning blend, 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Nutrition information: The information below reflects 6 servings – your results will vary.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: French

Keywords: homemade croutons, easy homemade croutons

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