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Croutons on a parchment lined baking sheet.
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How To Make Croutons

Learn how to make croutons in the oven or on the stove. They're ready in just 15 minutes and add the perfect crunch to all your favorite soups and salads!
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 servings (1/2 cup each)
Calories 106kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf bread (about 1 pound, see note 1)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Cut or tear bread into 1/2-inch cubes. In a large bowl, add bread cubes. Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt to taste or other seasonings if desired.
  • Spread coated bread cubes on prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake until lightly browned with crispy edges, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Notes

  1. Bread: Sturdy breads with texture are best such as baguettes, country bread, or sourdough loaves. The denser the bread is, the harder the final croutons will be.
  2. Yield: This recipe makes about 8 cups of croutons, enough for 16 (1/2-cup) servings.
  3. Storage: Store covered in the a cool dark place for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 1 month.
  4. Seasonings:Stir any wet seasonings such as minced fresh garlic, shallots, or lemon zest in to the olive oil. For dry seasonings such as garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, dry ranch dressing mix, or Italian seasoning, sprinkle evenly over the oiled bread cubes and toss to coat.
  5. Stove top: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/4 cup olive oil until shimmering. Add bread cubes to the skillet and fry, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crispy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels and sprinkle with salt and any desired seasonings to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg