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Freshly baked golden brown croutons on a baking sheet

Easy Homemade Croutons

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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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 (2 tablespoons per serving)


  • 2 cups hearty bread, diced into ½" cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon oil or melted butter
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning of choice, I like to use an Italian blend
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


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


Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Freeze: You can bake them according to the recipe instructions, let them cool, and then place them in a single layer in a resealable freezer bag to store in the freezer for up to a month! When you're ready to use them, let them thaw to room temperature (shouldn't take long at all) and then toast them under the oven's broiler for a few months. Enjoy!
My general rule is the following quantities per 1 cup of diced bread: ½ Tablespoon oil or melted butter, ¼ cup grated Parmesan, 1 Tablespoon seasoning blend, ½ teaspoon ground pepper, ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Nutrition information: The information below reflects 6 servings - your results will vary.


Serving: 1oz | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Bread
Cuisine French
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