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Fresh Homemade Croutons Recipe

It is easy to make your own Fresh Homemade Croutons Recipe to use up bread before it spoils.

Do you ever have bread that you just know is going to go bad if you don’t use it fast? I do especially when I buy a fresh loaf from the bakery or bake my own bread.

I also make my own bread crumbs. Items of convenience such as packaged bread crumbs or croutons are typically a little pricey. You can make your own for a lot less.

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One of my favorite breads I pick up at the deli is an Everything Italian Loaf – and I can get it for $1.00. I enjoy slicing it for sandwiches and I use what’s left before I think it will spoil to make croutons. Best thing it’s already seasoned and it already has olive oil on the crust.

All you have to do is cube it and bake it until golden brown. I do this by placing my bread cubes “croutons” on a lined cookie sheet and place into a preheated 325 degree oven. It only takes a few minutes so keep watch.

Homemade Croutons

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How to Store Homemade Croutons

Once the croutons are browned remove from the oven and let cool down completely. Place the croutons into a storage bag and you’ve got croutons on hand that are delicious and homemade.

How to Make Easy Homemade Croutons

Baking sheet with homemade croutons for salads

Tasty Salad Topping

You can also make croutons out of regular bread that has not been seasoned and you can customize the flavors you enjoy. to do this add your cubed bread to a mixing bowl and drizzle on 3 tbs of olive oil or melted butter and toss. Add your favorite seasonings, herbs and spices then place on a cookie sheet and bake.
Bake until the croutons are crispy and browned as desired. 
Salad topped with homemade croutons

Let’s make this Fresh Homemade Croutons Recipe!

Yield: 1 Salad Topping

Homemade Croutons

Baked Seasoned Croutons - homemade ways to use up stale bread - Easy Recipe

Make your own easy homemade croutons so you don't waste bread before it goes bad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • Leftover Bakery Loaf
  • 3 tbs Olive Oil or Melted Butter
  • Seasonings of Choice (Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper, Italian, Garlic Powder)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Cut leftover bread into cubes and add to a mixing bowl.
  3. Drizzle olive oil or melted butter over the cubed bread and lightly toss to coat.
  4. Season, if desired.
  5. Spread the cubed bread on a sheet pan and bake until the bread has dried and golden brown.
  6. Store homemade croutons in an airtight container or plastic storage bag.


If using a leftover bakery load that is already seasoned, such as "Everything", there is no need for additional seasoning.

Plain leftover bread may also be dried and made into bread crumbs for use in recipes.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 59Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
homemade croutons

Try the recipe for No Knead Crusty White Bread from Cooking with Mary and Friends.

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Barbara Miller

Tuesday 14th of May 2024

How long will the keep when stored properly? I need to start making my own. The processed ones have way to much junk in them. TY for the recipe.

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 15th of May 2024

Hi Barbara! The homemade croutons last up to two weeks stored in an airtight container or plastic storage bag.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 19th of February 2019

These will be great croutons, that is what I do with my day old breads! Hope you are having a good week and staying warm. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen

Julia Jordan

Tuesday 19th of February 2019

Miz Helen, Thank you! Have a great rest of your week. ~Julia

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