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Cubes of bread on a baking sheet to try out for stuffing.

How to Make Bread Cubes for Stuffing

Preparing bread cubes for stuffing is a super simple, important step and ensures perfectly moist, never-soggy stuffing. Savvy cooks cut the bread up into bite-sized pieces and let it dry out in advance, or you can dry it in the oven at the last minute.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 560kcal


  • 1 large loaf bread cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 pound, see note 1)


To dry bread cubes on the counter:

  • Cube and dry the bread up to 3 days in advance. Keep covered with a dry kitchen towel on counter.

To dry bread cubes in the oven:

  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Place cubes in an even layer and bake until bread is dried out, about 30 to 40 minutes.


  1. Bread: You can use almost any type of high-quality bread: unsliced French or Italian bread, sturdy sandwich loaf, brioche, challah, or even corn bread. Avoid overly-soft or fluffy white sandwich loaves.
  2. Yield: A 1-pound bread loaf usually makes 10 cups of bread cubes, enough for a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish of stuffing, or 10 to 12 servings (assume 1 cup stuffing per person).


Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1284mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1961IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 5mg