Homemade Croutons

These crunchy, buttery sourdough croutons are tossed in Olive Oil and sprinkled with freshly Grated Parmesan cheese. They’re so easy to make at home and can be ready in just 15 minutes! 

Be sure to pair this with some Homemade Caesar or Italian Salad Dressing!

wooden spoon holding homemade croutons on a shadowy surface sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t have a salad without croutons. I love that crunch way too much. And nothing beats the flavor of a crunchy, perfectly seasoned homemade sourdough crouton. 🤤

This is a perfect way to make use of some older stale bread that you might have lying around, especially a nice crusty homemade loaf.

Overhead shot of ingredients needed to make homemade croutons.

Best Bread for Homemade Croutons

-A loaf of crusty Artisan bread is perfect for making croutons, particularly if it’s about 3 days old.

-Perfect examples include Sourdough, Ciabatta, and French Bread. See here for more examples of Artisan breads.

loaf of sourdough bread half sliced on a white cutting board with a knife.

loaf of sourdough bread on a white cutting board with a knife that's partially cubed and sliced for homemade croutons.

Best Olive Oil for Croutons

-Make sure you use high quality extra virgin olive oil when making this recipe. Lucini olive oil is a high-quality brand that I like to use.

-For more information about picking the highest quality olive oil that you can, check these guys out.

bread on a cutting board cut into cubes for homemade croutons.

cubes of bread on a baking sheet before being baked to make homemade croutons.

Shelf Life of Homemade Croutons

-Homemade croutons made with Parmesan cheese can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days. 

To extend the shelf life of homemade croutons, omit the Parmesan cheese and store for up to two weeks. 

cubes of bread on a baking sheet after being baked for homemade croutons.

Homemade Salad Dressings

-The best way to enjoy these homemade croutons is to pair them with a delicious homemade salad dressing:

homemade croutons in a bowl on a shadowy table with a wooden spoon holding croutons on the background.

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5 from 1 vote
Servings: 10
Homemade Croutons
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Croutons, Soughdough Croutons

These crunchy, buttery sourdough croutons are tossed in Olive Oil and sprinkled with freshly Grated Parmesan cheese. They're so easy to make at home and can be ready in just 15 minutes!

Ingredients
  • 1 loaf sourdough bread 3 days old
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut the sour dough bread into bite-sized cubes.
  3. Place the cubes on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic powder salt, and pepper.
  4. Use a large spoon to toss the cubes and evenly coat them in the oil and toppings.
  5. Spread the cubes around, leaving space around each one so that the edges can crisp up. Use 2 baking sheets if needed.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown and crisp. (Mine were done after 10 minutes exactly.)
  7. Leave them on the baking sheet to cool. Once fully cooled, store them in an airtight container for 2-3 days. 

Recipe Notes
  • French Bread and Ciabatta Bread are also perfect for making croutons. 
  • To extend the shelf life of homemade croutons, omit the Parmesan cheese and store for up to two weeks. 
Nutrition Information
Calories: 186, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 322mg, Potassium: 57mg, Carbohydrates: 25g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 6g, Vitamin A: 15%, Vitamin C: 0.1%, Calcium: 44%, Iron: 1.7%