Homemade Croutons

Homemade Croutons
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Homemade Croutons flavored with Garlic Sauce. Use in other dishes or as a snack all by itself. These are super easy to make and really available just about anytime. Since almost everyone always has a loaf of bread on hand.


Croutons are extremely easy to make from fresh bread or bread that is going stale and is a great way to ensure you are using up everything with no waste. Using white bread is ideal for salads. Stale French Bread, Ciabatta, or Artisan loaves are recommended for soups. Since they produce crunchier croutons.

It’s really up to you. Just know that different breads produce different levels of crunch and the amount of moisture still in the bread determines this and is the main factor.

Stale Bread

I usually don’t eat the heels, and sometimes we don’t go through the bread fast enough, and it dries out a bit. These dried-out slices and the heels I leave out in a Bowl or dice for croutons. They air dry and become extremely hard and will stay there for months without issues.

Whenever I need Breadcrumbs, I just grab some and ground it up. I even use the dried out whole slices for French Toast. Yep, stale bread for French Toast is absolutely the best.

You can chop Stale and dried out bread into croutons, but you don’t get uniformity and it’s a bit messy. If you know you will need some Croutons, then cubing Fresh Bread or Stale bread and then letting the Croutons dry out ensures uniformity and is more ideal. The dried out cubed bread can also be ground for bread crumbs.

Fresh Bread

To make croutons from fresh bread, cube the bread to the desired size and spread them out on a baking sheet to dry. Ideally overnight, but longer like a week is ideal to eliminate all moisture. Once the croutons are dried, they can be placed into a bowl and set aside until needed and to further dry out.

Drying diced bread for Croutons

Fresh Diced Bread

These are good to sit out for months without issues. You can leave the Crust on or chop it off.

Homemade Croutons Seasoning

The Seasoning consists of some form of Fat and various Herbs & Spices, along with Salt & Pepper.

Crouton FAT

Fat is what helps to add flavor and crisp the croutons up even more. Other Fats such as butter, oils, a mix of Oil & Butter, and even rendered fat with Butter can be used, especially Bacon Grease with Butter. It all depends on how you are using the Croutons and what flavors you want.

Papa Johns Garlic Sauce with fine garlic powder

Garlic Sauce

My go-to is this Garlic Sauce. Use about 1/4 C for every 2 Cups of Croutons.

Crouton Seasoning

Season the Croutons anyway you like. Just add the Fat and the Seasoning to the bowl of Croutons and toss really well.

Tossing Croutons in Garlic Sauce and Seasoning

Caesar Salad Croutons

Toss 2 Cups of Croutons with 1/4 C of Garlic Sauce with the Following Seasoning.

  • 2 Tbl Fresh Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/8 tsp of each
    • Parsley
    • Ground Rosemary
    • Black Pepper
    • Basil
    • Onion Powder

Italian Crouton Seasoning

Olive Oil & Italian Seasoning with some Parmesan Cheese and Salt & Pepper. These are also great for Caesar Salad Croutons.

Herb & Garlic Crouton Seasoning

Use the same Garlic Sauce with the additions of some Herbs. Entirely up to you what combination of Herbs you want. Some classic ones are Parsley, Marjoram, and Thyme.

Parmesan Ranch Crouton Seasoning

Use melted Butter with Dry Ranch mix and some Parmesan.

Baking Homemade Croutons

Bake the croutons in the oven for about 10 minutes at 350 F – 375 F. Toss them halfway through. Ensure that they are evenly spread out and not touching each other. Keep an eye on them because once they start to brown, the Browning process happens quickly.

Bake Stale Croutons until the desired level of browning is achieved. Then remove them from the oven to cool. Any leftover Croutons can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Homemade Croutons Pin

Homemade Croutons

Garlic Butter Oil dressed Croutons using Fresh or Stale Bread. The proportions below are just a guideline, use more or less as desired.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: Croutons, Garlic Butter Croutons, Garlic Croutons
Servings: 1 portion
Author: JAH


  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Baking Sheet



  • Melt the Garlic Sauce and pour over the croutons. Mix well and spread out on a baking sheet with space between the croutons. Place into a preheated oven at 350 F – 375 F for about 10 minutes, or until the desired level of browning is achieved.
  • Toss the Croutons halfway through. Keep an eye on them for browning. Cook time will depend on the size of the croutons.
  • Remove them from the oven to cool. Any leftover Croutons can be placed into an airtight container and stored for several days.


Slice Fresh Bread or Bread that is going stale into the desired size for Croutons. Spread out on a baking sheet to dry overnight. Transfer to a bowl and leave out for a few days to dry out even more. These can stay here for months without any issues. 
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