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).

Homemade Croutons on a baking sheet

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!

Ingredients for Homemade Croutons on a wooden board

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 and seasoning on a sheet pan for 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 12 cups
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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
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