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    Italian Bread Crumbs Recipe

    Published June 13, 2024. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This simple-to-prepare Italian Bread Crumbs recipe is jam-packed with spices, herbs, and cheese and makes for an unbelievable coating to fish, chicken, pork, or beef. My family has been making and using this since I was born, and it’s still one of my favorite things to add to food.

    I cook quite a bit of Italian food as it’s always a family and friend favorite. If you’re looking to discover some new tasty Italian recipes, try my Spiedini or Chicken Scallopini.

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    Italian Bread Crumbs

    Italian bread crumbs are seasoned with spices, herbs, and cheese to enhance the flavor of whatever they are added to or coated on. They can be used on beef, chicken, fish, pork, veggies, or pasta. They pack way more punch than plain breadcrumbs and are a simple way to make food taste better.

    This recipe can be tweaked by adding or swapping out the dry herbs or cheese. I like it because I almost always have all the ingredients already in my cabinet. My recommendation is to use it on my Italian-breaded steak.

    Ingredients and Substitutions

    italian breadcrumbs ingredients
    • Bread Crumbs – You can use store-bought or homemade bread crumbs.
    • Onion – I like using dry onion granules more, but powder can also be used.
    • Garlic – Dry granules have more flavor, but powder can also be used.
    • Herbs — These seasoned breadcrumbs only use dried parsley. However, you could add 1 tablespoon of dry oregano, rosemary, thyme, or basil.
    • Cheese – Finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano is best to use.
    • Seasoning – I only used coarse salt and freshly cracked pepper.

    How to Make Italian Bread Crumbs

    Place the bread crumbs in a medium-sized bowl.

    adding breadcrumbs to a bowl

    Stir in the onion granules, garlic granules, parsley, salt, pepper, and cheese until combined.

    adding herbs to breadcrumbs

    Store them or use them.

    breadcrumbs with a spoon

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make this up to several weeks before using.

    How to Store: Cover with an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. These will freeze well for up to 1 year.

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    Chef Notes + Tips

    • If you’re making your own bread crumbs, any bread can be used.

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    Italian Bread Crumbs Recipe

    This Italian Bread Crumbs recipe is jam-packed with spices, herbs, and cheese for an unbelievable fish, chicken, pork, or beef coating.
    Servings: 4 cups
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 3 cups bread crumbs
    • 2 tablespoons garlic granules
    • 2 tablespoons onion granules
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
    • 2 tablespoons dry parsley
    • 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano

    Instructions

    • Place the bread crumbs in a medium-sized bowl.
    • Stir in the onion granules, garlic granules, parsley, salt, pepper, and cheese until combined.
    • Store them or use them.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: You can make this up to several weeks before using.
    How to Store: Cover with an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. These will freeze well for up to 1 year.
    If you’re making your own bread crumbs, any bread can be used.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 445kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 21gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 2744mgPotassium: 282mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 366IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 467mgIron: 5mg
    Course: accompaniment, seasoning
    Cuisine: American Italian, Italian