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Homemade Crunchy Croutons

10 min


Homemade staple

One-bowl / one-pot

10 ingredients or less

Have some bread that's going stale? Making your own croutons is a great way to use up any less-than-stellar bread, and this crouton recipe always impresses! They are irresistible on soups, and also a pleasant thing to snack on while cooking.


(¼ cup per serving)


10 min


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5 min

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  • 4
    slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1
    clove garlic, crushed (optional)
  • 2 tsp (2 g)
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    onion powder
  • ½ tsp
    paprika powder
  • ⅛ tsp
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper


  1. Slice or tear the bread into 1 cm cubes.
  2. Add the bread, oil, garlic, herbs and spices to a large bowl and toss to combine.
  3. For the pan-fried version: heat a bit more oil in a large pan on high heat. Add the coated bread and stir often, cooking for 5 minutes or until golden and crispy.
  4. For the oven-baked version: preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C). Spread the coated bread onto a lined baking tray and bake for 7 - 10 minutes, mixing once halfway. Enjoy with your favourite soup or salad!


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Jamie R - June 4, 2023, 4:47 a.m.

I decided to make these because I had some leftover bread from a sourdough baguette 🥖 and WOW! So simple, easy, and SO flavorful! Honestly this baking sheet full of croutons might be gone before they make it atop a soup or salad 😂🥗🥣

PUL Team - June 5, 2023, 6:22 a.m.

Whoop whoop 😃 Thanks a bunch, Jamie!

Daniella - April 3, 2023, 7:05 p.m.

Loved it 😍

Eirini - March 22, 2023, 3:38 p.m.

So easy to make and without the conservatives that bought croutons may contain. Tasty too. ;-)

Eshita - July 10, 2022, 9:59 p.m.


Linda - Oct. 25, 2021, 12:40 a.m.

So easy to make and add the perfect crunch on top of soups.

Salome Van ingen - Oct. 14, 2021, 6:26 p.m.

Easy to make and very tasty! ☺️
Would I make this again? Yes!!

PUL Team - Oct. 15, 2021, 1:18 a.m.

Woohoo! So happy to hear, Salome 🤗

Clare - Sept. 21, 2021, 2:09 p.m.

So yummy!

Samantha - July 8, 2021, 10:53 p.m.

This is such a simple recipe and they taste soo much better than the store-bought croutons. I also like that it gives me a chance to do something with the leftover loaves of fresh bread that I buy. Plus everyone is always very impressed that I made my own croutons. 😂😂

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 12:36 a.m.

Gotta love impressing everyone! Thank you for the review, Samantha 😊

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

I made the oven-baked version and they came put really crispy, although I burned them a little! 😄

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 9:55 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed them although they burned a bit, Cris! Ovens can be tricky so we recommend keeping a close eye on them or turning the heat down if needed 😃