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Easy Homemade Croutons Recipe for Soups, Salads, and More

Croutons make salads more appealing ... especially when they're homemade!

Croutons make salads more appealing ... especially when they're homemade!

Everyone knows that croutons are delicious in soups and salads, but did you know that you can make croutons at home? Homemade croutons usually taste much better than packaged store kind, and they are easy to make using ingredients you probably already have.

You will need bread, butter, cheese, and some seasoning and spices. Making croutons at home isn't much more difficult than making toast.

So, grab some bread and gather some spices and get ready to make a yummy, crunchy treat with these simple and easy-to-follow instructions.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

30 min

40 min

1 big bowl of croutons

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf bread
  • 1 lb (2 cups) butter (or margarine)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Optional spices:

  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika

Ingredient Notes

  • The spice measurements listed above are for one regular-sized loaf of French bread. Basically, you will need enough butter to coat all the bread pieces and enough seasoning for flavoring. Adjust the spice and seasoning amounts to taste.
  • You can also add other spices and seasoning as per your preference. You can also leave out any of the seasonings you don't want as well. The only necessary ingredient is the butter.
  • Types of cheese other than Parmesan can be used instead. You will just want to make sure that whatever kind you use is finely grated.
  • Just about any type of bread will work for croutons. It doesn't have to be bakery-style bread, either. Regular sandwich bread can also make great croutons.
  • Making croutons is a way to extend the life of bread that would otherwise be thrown out or get too old to eat.
Crouton make a great salad topper for added crunch.

Crouton make a great salad topper for added crunch.

Instructions

  1. Slice the bread into pieces about 1 square inch (or whatever size you want the croutons to be). Typically, croutons are bite-sized.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or you can melt the butter in a pan on the stove.
  3. Mix the spices, salt, pepper, and Parmesan into the butter. There isn't a precise amount needed. Add according to your taste preference. I used approximately 1 teaspoon each of the spices and a 1/2 cup of the Parmesan.
  4. Pour the butter mixture over the bread pieces.
  5. Using your hands or a big spoon, mix the bread pieces until they are all thoroughly coated with the butter mixture. Add more butter and seasonings if you still have bread pieces that are dry.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
  7. Spread the bread pieces out on the baking sheet. If you have a lot, you may need more than one baking sheet.
  8. Bake the pieces for approximately 10-15 minutes. Take them out of the oven and flip them with a spatula or other utensil so one side doesn't get burnt or stuck to the pan.
  9. Put them back in the oven for about 10-15 more minutes (total bake time = 30 minutes). Take them out when they are golden brown and crispy.
  10. Let them cool and then sprinkle them on a salad or soup for a delicious topping.

Photo Guide

Ingredients for the croutons

Ingredients for the croutons

Seasonings and spices needed for homemade croutons.

Seasonings and spices needed for homemade croutons.

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Cut the bread into small pieces.

Cut the bread into small pieces.

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The amount of croutons made from 1 loaf of bread.

The amount of croutons made from 1 loaf of bread.

Put the butter in a microwave safe container.

Put the butter in a microwave safe container.

Melt the butter.

Melt the butter.

Add the seasoning to the melted butter.

Add the seasoning to the melted butter.

Add the cheese.

Add the cheese.

Mix the seasoning using a whisk.

Mix the seasoning using a whisk.

Pour the seasoned butter over the croutons and mix it so that all the bread pieces are coated.

Pour the seasoned butter over the croutons and mix it so that all the bread pieces are coated.

Spread the bread pieces out on a baking sheet.

Spread the bread pieces out on a baking sheet.

Bake for about 30 minutes.

Bake for about 30 minutes.

Flip the pieces about halfway through.

Flip the pieces about halfway through.

Take out the croutons when they are crispy and browned.

Take out the croutons when they are crispy and browned.

Crunchy crouton piece

Crunchy crouton piece

Small pieces of crunchy toast

Small pieces of crunchy toast

The croutons make the salad look much tastier.

The croutons make the salad look much tastier.