Homemade Croutons {with parmesan}

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Homemade Croutons can go on nearly anything, and everyone loves them!  Just the perfect size, flavor, and crunch, this easy garlic crouton recipe will make your mouth water and the kitchen smell great!

These homemade croutons are the perfect addition to an Italian salad and caesar salad or great to top a creamy soup (like our favorite Butternut Squash Soup).

A baking sheet with homemade croutons on it fresh from the oven.

What Are Croutons?

In an era where nothing goes to waste (doesn’t that still apply today?), croutons were made from the very last slices of bread, cut into cubes, seasoned and then baked to a crispy perfection.

Whether you are making croutons for salad or croutons for soup, pop open a can of biscuits and take the easy way out on a busy day!

Homemade crouton ingredients on a working surface like bread cubes, parsley, and onion powder.

What To Add To Croutons

Croutons are versatile, and the recipe can be changed to fit whatever you’re adding them to. Some of my favorite additions include:

  • Bread:  Sourdough, leftover rolls, stale bread
  • Dried Seasonings: Rosemary, Dried basil, Italian seasoning
  • Fresh Seasonings: Lemon zest, fresh herbs & parsley
  • Cheeses: Parmesan, cheddar

How to Make Croutons

Croutons are as easy as 1,2,3 to make and they keep well in the pantry for up to a month! To make these delicious crunchy morsels:

  1. Dice: Dice the bread into cubes and place in a bowl. You can use any kind of bread here, even leftover french bread or sliced breads will work!
  2. Toss: Toss with melted butter, seasonings and parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake: Bake until golden.

Serve on a tossed salad, greek salad, or your favorite soup or stew recipes!

Bread pieces covered in parmesan cheese and butter ready to be baked into homemade croutons

Dried Croutons will last on the counter for about a week. If you’re keeping these longer, you can freeze homemade croutons. No need to defrost first, they can be added directly to your favorite dishes and salads!

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Homemade Croutons

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Homemade croutons can go on nearly anything, and everyone loves them!  Just the perfect size, flavor, and crunch these are a great addition to any soup or salad.


  • 12-14 slices bread
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

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  1. Cut bread into 3/4" cubes and place in a large bowl (or freezer bag).

  2. Pour the melted butter evenly over the bread cubes

  3. Gently toss with seasonings and cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 for approximately 10 minutes, checking frequently to make sure they aren't getting too dark.
  5. Remove and cool when they are lightly golden brown.
  6. Serve on top of a salad, soup or in a bowl as a snack!

Recipe Notes

For a lighter version, spray bread cubes with cooking spray in place of melted butter.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 152, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 362mg, Potassium: 77mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 195%, Vitamin C: 0.3%, Calcium: 64%, Iron: 1.3%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. Made this in the morning. I have tried other recipes and they were just so-so. These are what I have been searching for! Had to hide them in the pantry because when the bag was on the counter I was eating them like candy.I look forward to your emails because I always find something yummy! Thank you for ALL the great recipes. I have been following you for a long time and so many of your recipes a now old favorites. Especially the soups. Just thought you would like to know you are appreciated Barb


    1. I’m so glad you loved them Barbara (they do make a great snack)! Thank you so much for your comment, you truly made my night! ❤️