• Condiments
  • Homemade Croutons

    This post may contain affiliate links for which I earn a commission. Read my disclosure page here.

    It’s so easy to make your own croutons to top salads and soups with just a few simple ingredients. These homemade croutons are seasoned with parmesan, garlic, and herbs and are oven-baked for a wonderful crispy bite.

    homemade croutons with gluten free bread and parmesan in a bowl

    If you are looking to jazz up your soups and salads, these seasoned homemade croutons are a tasty choice! Super quick and easy to make, they can be made ahead of time and are a great way to add flavor and texture to your meals. These easy herb garlic crouton recipe will make your mouth water, they are so good!

    Add them to Caesar Salad or Chef Salad or add them as a topping to Cauliflower Soup.

    Ingredients

    Here is what you need to make these easy croutons at home:

    ingredients for homemade croutons
    • Parmesan cheese: If you are meat-free, you can use a vegetarian parmesan.
    • Olive Oil: I like to use half extra virgin & half light olive oil, I find that if I use only extra virgin olive oil, the croutons have too strong a taste.
    • Seasonings: Garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
    • Bread cubes: You can easily make them gluten-free by using gluten-free bread from Canyon Bakehouse.

    How to make croutons

    • Preheat the oven to 375 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • In a large bowl, add the grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Mix everything.
    • Add bread cubes and toss to coat.
    • Spread the bread cubes on the lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375 F oven for about 20 minutes turning halfway through.
    close up of croutons

    How long do they keep?

    Homemade croutons will keep well for 3 to 4 days at room temperature and up to a week in the fridge. Let them cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container or ziplock bag. They will start to lose their crunchiness after this time but will still be good to eat.

    homemade croutons on a baking sheet

    Can you freeze them?

    Yes! These garlic croutons freeze really well and will keep for around 2 weeks frozen. Take the frozen croutons out about 15 minutes before you want to use them and you can toss them straight onto your salad. You can also place them under the broiler for a few minutes if you like to really crisp them up.

    making croutons in a bowl

    What’s the best bread to use?

    Homemade croutons are best made with slightly stale day-old bread and sourdough or a french loaf, a ciabatta also works well for a lighter crouton. You can also use whole-grain bread. I used gluten-free bread from Canyon Bakehouse for these gluten-free croutons and their products are a staple in our house.

    croutons in a bowl made with gluten-free bread from canyon breadhouse

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Cut the bread into similar sized cubes so that they cook evenly.
    • Make them vegan by omitting the parmesan cheese.
    • Be sure to turn the croutons halfway through baking so that they get crispy all over.
    • Let them cool completely before storing so that they stay crunchy.
    • There are only 7 g of carbs in these croutons making them low carb.

    Recipes to use homemade croutons in

    Croutons add a nice crunch and texture to salads, soups, and stews. Here are some of my favorite recipes that you can add croutons in.

    0 from 0 votes
    Print Review Pin It!

    Homemade Croutons

    It's so easy to make your own croutons to top salads and soups with just a few simple ingredients. These homemade croutons are seasoned with parmesan, garlic and herbs and are oven baked for a wonderful crispy bite.
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 25 minutes
    Servings 16 servings (4 cups)
    Calories 86kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
    • Salt and black pepper
    • 4 cups bread cubes, I used gluten-free bread

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Preheat the oven to 375 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • In a large bowl, add the grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Mix everything.
    • Add bread cubes and toss to coat.
    • Spread the bread cubes on the lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375 F oven for about 20 minutes turning halfway through.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Cut the bread into similar sized cubes so that they cook evenly.
    • Make them vegan by omitting the parmesan cheese.
    • Be sure to turn the croutons halfway through baking so that they get crispy all over.
    • Let them cool completely before storing so that they stay crunchy.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Ingredient, topping
    Cuisine American
    Did you make this recipe?

    Use the tag #DeliciousMeetsHealthy when posting a picture of your recipe, and make sure to follow @deliciousmeetshealthy on Instagram!

    September 12, 2020

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating




    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Instant Pot love

    Not sure what's for dinner?