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    The Best Homemade Croutons Recipe

    Published May 28, 2020. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    While so simple to make, there is nothing like homemade croutons, especially when served up in your favorite salad or soup recipe.

    I love loaded-up salads like my Green Goddess or my Lemon Chicken Chopped salad where I can add as many things to it as I want, especially these croutons.

    bowl of crunchy brown croutons


     

    Croutons

    Croutons are one of the easiest things to make and are a fantastic ingredient to help take your salad, or whatever you want to serve it with, to the next level.  They come from the word crouté, which means crust in French, and obviously they are crunchy, so it makes perfect sense.

    My inclination into the history tells me that people, I’m guessing Italian, would use old crusty bread and use it as a garnish into a salad like a Panzanella, or even a soup such as Ribollita.

    What Kind of Bread to Use

    You can use just about any bread out there that you would like, and here are some of my recommendations:

    How to Make Croutons

    Follow these easy instructions for how to make this tasty recipe:

    Cut the bread into bite-size pieces, roughly ½” by ½”.

    cutting a baguette into small bite-size pieces on a cutting board

    Add them to a bowl and season them with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.

    adding olive oil to a bowl full of small cubed bread

    Mix the croutons to ensure they are completely coated.

    mixing cubed bread in a bowl

    Spread out on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes.

    croutons spread out on a cookie sheet tray with parchment paper

    Additional Spices to Add to Them

    While my recipe is simply olive oil, salt, pepper, and bread, there are a number of dried spices you can add to the croutons to elevate the flavor.  Here are a few things you could add in addition to oil, salt, and pepper:

    • Garlic Powder
    • Onion Powder
    • Oregano
    • Basil
    • Thyme

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make these up to 3 days ahead of time.  Make sure they are covered and stored properly before serving.

    How to Store: Keep in an airtight plastic container or bag and keep at room temperature for up to 7 days.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • You can also cook the croutons in a pan. Instead of tossing them in olive oil, you add it to a pan and cook the bread in the oil until browned and crunchy.
    • You can also replace the olive oil with melted unsalted butter.
    • The most classic recipe this would go well in is a Ceaser salad
    a bowl of browned bread croutons

    What to Serve Them With

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    The Best Homemade Croutons Recipe

    5 from 10 votes
    While so simple to make, there is nothing like homemade croutons, especially when served up in your favorite salad or soup recipe.
    Servings: 10
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 1 baguette cut into ½” cubes
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • sea salt and pepper

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 375°.
    • Add the cubed bread to a large bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, and pepper until evenly coated.
    • Spread out on a cookie sheet tray lined with parchment paper and bake at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned and crunchy.
    • Cool and serve.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    • Make-Ahead: You can make these up to 3 days ahead of time. Make sure they are covered and stored properly before serving.
     
    • How to Store: Keep in an airtight plastic container or bag and keep at room temperature for up to 7 days.
     
    • You can also cook the croutons in a pan. Instead of tossing them in olive oil, you add it to a pan and cook the bread in the oil until browned and crunchy.
     
    • You can also replace the olive oil with melted unsalted butter.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 153mgPotassium: 28mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
    Course: Salad, Soup
    Cuisine: French, Italian