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Homemade croutons in a white bowl.

Easy Homemade Croutons

Once you’ve made these Easy Homemade Croutons, you’ll never go back. The fresh bread is packed with flavor and toasted to perfection. Make lots and freeze them!

Yield: 2 cups 1x
Prep: 15 minutesCook: 15 minutesTotal: 30 minutes


  • 2 cups of diced sourdough bread (or french bread)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

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  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (it helps to have a sheet pan that is rimmed, so you don’t lose any croutons in the oven). Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place diced bread in a large mixing bowl and drizzle oil over the bread pieces. Toss to coat.
  3. Add seasonings and toss until even distributed.
  4. Spread croutons evenly over the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until croutons are browned and crisp.

To Freeze For Later: Let croutons cool and then store in an airtight container or freezer bag.

To Prepare From Frozen: Let croutons thaw. Lightly toast under the broiler, if desired.


  • Use day-old or slightly stale bread for the best texture. Varieties like French, Italian, sourdough, or even whole wheat work well.
  • Cut the bread into uniform cubes to ensure even cooking. 
  • Be generous with the seasoning. It will feel like a lot but you’ll want it!

  • Arrange the bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking and less crispiness.
© Author: Polly Conner
Cuisine: American Method: Baking