Small Batch Homemade Croutons

If you’ve got leftover bread, use it to make a small batch of homemade croutons. Perfect for salads, soups, and much more! So much better than store bought, these croutons take just minutes to make. Stovetop and oven baked crouton recipes provided.

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If you find yourself with a little bit of leftover bread, consider making homemade croutons. It’s amazing just how easy it is to make croutons from scratch and they simply taste so much better than the store-bought versions.

The packaged croutons you find in the grocery stores are dry and hard. Fresh, homemade croutons are so much better – they’re filled with flavor and made with ingredients you know. You’ll love eating them with salads, adding a handful to a bowl of soup, or enjoying them with a charcuterie plate.

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Homemade Croutons

When you’re cooking for one, a large loaf of bread can often go to waste. With this easy crouton recipe, I’m showing you a way to help to use up that extra bread.

This recipe will work with many different kinds of bread; sourdough, soda bread, french bread, Italian bread, or even dinner rolls. The point is to use the bread you have on hand.

There are two ways I make croutons out of leftover bread – in a skillet or baked in the oven. Both methods are very easy and they will both provide you with delicious croutons.

The texture of the croutons depends on the cooking method you use. Sautéed croutons have a crisp yet slightly chewy texture while baked croutons are more crisp.

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How To Make Croutons

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

Ingredients:

  • bread
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • dried herbs

Pro Tip: Consider this basic crouton recipe a starting off point. You could keep the croutons super simple and just add olive oil and salt. You might also like to add spices you may have on hand – dried basil, dried rosemary, garlic powder, or herbs de Provence are great suggestions.

I’ve listed ingredient amounts in the recipe based on using 2 cups of cubed or torn bread, if you have more or less bread that you want to use, you can easily adjust the ingredient amounts in your own version. A general rule of thumb is to use 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil for every cup of torn bread.

As for the amount of herbs, that can be adjusted more or less to taste.

How To Make Croutons On The Stove

For either method, you can either cut the bread into cubes or tear the bread into pieces.

Cubed bread tends to be more crunchy while irregular torn pieces are a bit more delicate. My personal preference is for the torn pieces but the cubes look more like traditional croutons.

Step 1

Place the torn or cubed bread into a medium sized bowl. Pour oil over the bread and add salt and herbs. Mix well and taste one of the croutons to see if it is seasoned to your liking, adjust salt and herbs as necessary.

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Step 2

Heat a dry skillet over medium-high heat until hot and add the bread to the pan. Let the pieces of bread sit for a few minutes until they start to brown on one side. Stir occasionally and keep a close watch on them as they can quickly burn.

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Step 3

Once the pieces of bread are brown on all sides, transfer them to a paper towel lined plate to cool.

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How To Make Croutons In The Oven

Step 1

Place the bread in a bowl. Add the oil, salt, and dried herbs and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

Step 2

Spread the croutons out on a small sheet pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are golden brown.

Pro Tip: The older the bread, the quicker the bread will brown. Keep a close watch on the bread in the oven. Color is a good indication of when the croutons are done.

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How Long Will Homemade Croutons Last?

Store croutons in zip topped bags or in an airtight container at room temperature. They keep well for up to three days.

You can also freeze croutons. To thaw and use, heat the frozen croutons on a baking sheet at 250 degrees F (130 degrees C) until thawed and crispy.

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How To Use Croutons

I love snacking on homemade croutons and adding them to a hearty cheese board. You might like to consider adding them to any of these small batch recipes:

Butternut Squash Soup

French Onion Soup

Carrot Soup

Cobb Salad

Avocado Salad

Other Small Batch Salad Toppings

Goat Cheese Dressing

Poppy Seed Dressing

Blue Cheese Dressing

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Homemade Croutons Recipe

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Homemade Croutons – Small Batch

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, salads
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed or torn bread
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried herbs (dried basil, rosemary, herbs de Provence, or garlic powder work well)

Instructions

HOW TO MAKE CROUTONS ON THE STOVE

  • Place the torn or cubed bread into a medium sized bowl. Pour olive oil over the bread and add the salt and dried herbs. Mix well and taste one to see if it is seasoned to your liking, adjust salt and herbs as necessary.
  • Heat a dry skillet over medium-high heat until hot and add the bread to the pan. Let the pieces of bread sit for a few minutes until they start to brown on one side. Stir occasionally and keep a close watch on them as they can quickly burn.
  • Once the pieces of bread are brown on all sides, transfer them to a paper towel lined plate to cool.

HOW TO MAKE CROUTONS IN THE OVEN

  • Place the bread in a medium sized bowl. Pour olive oil over the bread and add the salt and dried herbs. Mix well and taste one to see if it is seasoned to your liking, adjust salt and herbs as necessary.
  • Spread the croutons out on a small sheet pan. Bake in a 375° F (190° C) for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are golden brown.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 244mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 thoughts on “Small Batch Homemade Croutons”

  1. 5 stars
    I love these! What a great idea. Not only are they good on salads but they are great crunchy snack when baked in the oven. I like both versions and am having a good time playing with spices. At the moment I am doing Italian spice croutons but I want to try Mexican spices next! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!

    1. Hi Wendy,
      I’m so happy you like the recipe, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.
      Have a wonderful week.
      Joanie

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