Homemade Croutons (with Parmesan)

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Homemade Croutons have the perfect flavor, and crunch for almost anything! Use these to add to salads, top soups, or even to snack on.

They’re the perfect addition to an Italian salad or great to top a creamy soup (like our favorite Butternut Squash Soup).

scoop full of Homemade 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; anything goes in this recipe

Seasonings We start with onion and garlic powder, add your favorite herbs!

Butter Nothing is better, butter adds great flavor and helps these croutons crisp perfectly. No butter? No problem, a great olive oil is delish too!

Add-Ins Croutons are perfect for add-ins… lemon zest, fresh herbs, spices. Add whatever you’d like!

ingredients to make Homemade Croutons on a baking sheet

How to Make Croutons

To make these delicious crunchy bits:

  1. 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 with melted butter, seasonings and parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake until golden.

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

Homemade Croutons on a baking sheet

What to Do With 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! You can re-crisp them by putting them in the oven for a few minutes if needed.

Add homemade croutons to:

Homemade Croutons on a baking sheet
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Review Recipe

Homemade Croutons (with Parmesan)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 cups
Homemade croutons are the perfect size, flavor, and crunch! They're a great addition to any soup or salad.


  • 12 cups cubed bread about 12 slices
  • cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese shredded
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cut bread into ¾" cubes and place in a large bowl (or freezer bag).
  • Pour the melted butter evenly over the bread cubes and toss very well with your hands until the bread coated on all sides.
  • Toss with seasonings and cheese until the seasonings adhere to the bread.
  • Bake approximately 10 minutes and stir. Bake an additional 2-6 minutes or until crisp and lightly golden.
  • 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.
Croutons can be stored at room temperature for 3-4 days. 
For extended storage, keep croutons in the freezer. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before use to warm to room temperature.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 51, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 112mg, Potassium: 29mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 41IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. What an easy and tasty idea. You can adjust seasonings for a Cajun or TexMex flavor. I have use white bread, old hot dog vuns, they are scrumptious.5 stars

  2. 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

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    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! ❤️