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Easy Crunchy Garlic Croutons Recipe

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I’m so excited about how easy and perfectly crunchy these garlic croutons were. You might be wondering; why make croutons when they’re so cheap to buy? Let me explain.

#1: Making your own croutons is a great way to save your stale bread. 

#2: You will impress your family

#3: These are healthier – keep reading!…

These garlic croutons were born after I read the label on our favorite store-bought croutons. If you have a bag stashed in your pantry, you’ll probably discover several questionable ingredients. My son loves to munch on croutons so I was determined to come up with a healthier recipe he would love. 

I made a batch last week and put half of them in a ziploc for next time. The bag disappeared. When questioned, my son was very nonchalant as he admitted to eating them (someone has a new favorite!).

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Tips for Success: 

Croutons are a great garnish for green salads and (as with any croutons), toss them in at the very last minute to prevent them from getting soggy. You want your bread to be at least a day old. It’ll be easier to cut and holds it’s shape better.

We used my mom’s ultra soft wheat bread (here’s the video and photo tutorial). You could also use a basic french bread with great results.

Ingredients for Garlic Croutons:

3/4 lb loaf of bread, (5 cups of bread cubes)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 medium garlic cloves, pressed
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped, or 1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Easy Crunchy Garlic Croutons

How to Make Crunchy Garlic Croutons:

1. In a small sauce pan, combine: 2 Tbsp butter, 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 pressed garlic cloves, 1 Tbsp chopped parsley and 1/2 tsp pepper. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Stir to combine then set aside and let the flavors infuse into the oil while you chop your bread.

2. Cut your bread into 3/4″ cubes. For goodness sake, don’t remove the crust! It adds variety and great crunch to these croutons. Transfer to large mixing bowl.

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3. Drizzle the seasoned olive oil over your chopped bread and  toss until bread crumbs have an even coating of oil.

4. Spread the bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 375˚F for 18-20 minutes until they are golden brown and crunchy. (mine took 20 min)

Serve these up with your favorite green salad.

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Easy Crunchy Garlic Croutons Recipe

4.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Croutons are a great garnish for green salads and (as with any croutons), toss them in at the very last minute to prevent them from getting soggy. You want your bread to be at least a day old. It'll be easier to cut and holds it's shape better. We used my mom's ultra soft wheat bread (Visit NatashasKitchen.com for the video and photo tutorial). You could also use a basic french bread with great results.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $1 (if using stale bread)
Servings: 5 -6 cups of croutons

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pan, combine: 2 Tbsp butter, 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 pressed garlic cloves, 1 Tbsp chopped parsley, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Stir to combine then set aside and let the flavors infuse into the oil while you chop your bread.
  2. Cut your bread into 3/4" cubes. For goodness sake, don't remove the crust! It adds variety and great crunch to these croutons. Transfer to large mixing bowl.
  3. Drizzle the seasoned olive oil over your chopped bread and toss until bread crumbs have an even coating of oil.
  4. Spread the bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 375˚F for
  5. -20 minutes until they are golden brown and crunchy. (mine took 20 min)
  6. Serve these up with your favorite green salad.

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Enjoy these with your favorite green salad, or as a snack 🙂 “Crunch, Crunch”

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  • Ben
    November 16, 2019

    Hi Natasha Just a note to say thanks. This was the first time I have made croutons. They turned out great and everyone at dinner loved them. Also I really like your recipes you post. Thanks again. Ben Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 17, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Ben! Reply

  • Beryl
    December 27, 2018

    Excellent- didn’t have parsley so added Herbs du Province – delish!!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 27, 2018

      That sounds lovely!! Thank you for sharing that amazing review! Reply

  • LS
    January 27, 2018

    I just melted the butter and oil in a large pot, then added the croutons and stirred well. They were covered really well. I didn’t have fresh parsley and garlic, so I used dried oregano and garlic powder instead, and I added 1 oz finely shredded Parmesan. The croutons came out fantastic! I can just nibble on them all day. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2018

      Awesome, I’m glad to hear the recipe was a success! Thanks so much for sharing! Reply

  • Gina
    September 18, 2017

    These are just delicious. So easy to make. I found that if you put the bread cubes in a zippy bag then pour the butter mixture in the bag, the bread cubes get totally covered. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 18, 2017

      Great tip Gina! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review! 🙂 Reply

  • Nicole
    September 8, 2017

    I’ve made these twice so far, and love the flavor! Although I might need to start making two batches at a time, that way after snacking on them, there will still be some left to put in our salads. Thanks for this recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 8, 2017

      You’re welcome Nicole! I’m glad you love this recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Pam McLaughlin
    June 29, 2017

    Can you freeze them afterwards? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 29, 2017

      Hi Pam, they would lose their crunchiness. I would avoid freezing and just store them at room temperature in a dry environment. Reply

      • Carey
        January 24, 2018

        what do you store them in and what is their shelf life? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 24, 2018

          Hi Carey, Let them cool completely to room temp then store them in tupperware or a large ziploc bag, away from humidity. I’ve kept them this way for about a week. Reply

  • Lana
    March 29, 2017

    Oh my goodness! Why have I not been doing this all along?! My son also loves to munch on croutons, so I can’t wait to make these. Thank you so much for sharing. I just stumbled onto your recipe blog through facebook and am sooo excited to try a bunch of your recipes. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 29, 2017

      Thank you for following Lana! Please let me know what you think of the recipes! 😀 Reply

  • Taryn
    March 15, 2017

    So Yummy! Thank you Natasha!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 15, 2017

      You’re welcome Taryn! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Sama
    February 15, 2017

    I followed your recipie and i loved it. Thanks a lot Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 15, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you loved it!! Reply

  • Laslo
    January 29, 2017

    With my wife suffering from the winter colds, I worked on the spur of the moment, thinking tomato soup (had to be tinned but Heinz), and croutons, had no fresh garlic or any herbs about so used freshly squeezed garlic (from a tube) and added milled chilli flakes. Its on its way upstairs, so will hope for some good feedback 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 29, 2017

      That sounds like a comforting combination! I hope your wife feels better soon! Reply

  • Cutestarox
    November 26, 2016

    Thank for the awesome recipe! It worked out perfectly! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 26, 2016

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Joseph Maruca
    September 29, 2016

    My kids love these. I used dried Italian seasoning in place of fresh parsley and sprinkled grated Romano cheese on them as well. They were easy to make in the toaster oven (vs oven which heats the entire kitchen). Also, because I used an entire loaf of sourdough bread, I doubled all the ingredients. Kids love snacking on them. Spouse and I love them in our salad. Win/win! Thanks for the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 30, 2016

      You are welcome Joseph and thank you for sharing your nice review 😀. Reply

  • Karen
    July 15, 2016

    These sound wonderful. My husband is on a low sodium diet and store bought croutons are loaded with sodium. Can’t wait to try these out. Have you ever frozen them? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 15, 2016

      Hi Karen! I agree, homemade are much better and that is one of the reasons :). I haven’t tried freezing them because they stay good at room temperature and I’m concerned that once they are thawed, they would get soft and require re-toasting. Reply

    • Mario
      January 14, 2017

      I’m just curious…
      Why 4* if you haven’t tried them yet????
      Try them then give 5*. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        January 14, 2017

        Thank you Mario!! 🙂 Reply

  • Kat
    July 14, 2016

    These are SO GOOD!!!!!!! I’m making roasted tomato soup tonight and these croutons are PERFECT!!!1 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2016

      Kat, thank you for such a nice review, I’m glad you like them 😋. Reply

  • Emily
    April 15, 2016

    Good recipe! 20 minutes seemed to be the “perfect” amount of time spent in the oven, also I did 1.5 X the recipe for a mostly “there” (partially eaten- a few slices, maybe) Italian loaf that was maybe 4 days old. Added a 1/4 cup water because the stale bread soaked up the oil pretty quickly so it didn’t get a chance to disperse equally amongst the pieces. Anyway, thanks for the dependable recipe! I’m sure these will not last long at all 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 15, 2016

      Thank you for the nice review Emily and you are welcome 😀. Reply

  • Neisha
    April 5, 2016

    I love this recipe! So easy and quick.
    I use whatever bread I have. I usually double the recipe bcuz my daughter eats about half. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 5, 2016

      I’m so glad you like it! 🙂 Reply

  • Molli
    January 12, 2016

    What a great and simple recipe! Realized I forgot to buy croutons when I was making a salad for dinner and scrambes to find a quick substitute – will never buy again 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 12, 2016

      That is fantastic! Thank you for sharing your review 🙂 Reply

  • Chloe
    November 29, 2015

    Yummy. I used my leftover dinner rolls from Thanksgiving, glad not to hav them wasted with such a delicious recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 29, 2015

      That is such a clever idea! I never would’ve thought to use dinner rolls to make croutons. Reply

  • Lorilaneybob
    August 18, 2015

    Question: How do you keep them fresh, if you wanted to make them in the a.m. to use in the p.m.? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 18, 2015

      Let them cool completely to room temp then store them in tupperware or a large ziploc bag. I’ve kept them this way for about a week. Reply

  • Dan
    July 4, 2015

    Hey, I am really late to this party, but this is a great recipe. Baked a loaf of bread yesterday that disappointed for a variety of reasons. Rather than throw it out, I made this recipe. They are wonderful. Because my bread was fresher, and my croutons a bit larger, mine took two 20 minutes sessions to completely dry. Just stirred them up a bit between bouts in the oven. Excellent. Thanks. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 4, 2015

      You are welcome Dan and thank you for the great review :). Reply

  • Levina
    June 13, 2015

    OMG, just made these an hour ago… Topped it on my grilled chicken salad.. Just ridiculously delicious!!!! The highlight of the whole meal!! I made extra, but my husband and kids ate it all like chips. Aaah well, i just have to make these very soon. Thanx so much for sharing!!!! I give it 10 stars!! 😀 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 13, 2015

      You’re so nice. Thank you for the awesome review. I’m so happy you love the recipe. Reply

  • May 21, 2015

    Hi Natasha. Thanks for this recipe. The Indian Deli (basiclly me right now) is hosting a Secret Supper Club on Saturday and I’m gonna make these to serve in the Daal, as a starter. Had no idea how to make them and ou make them look and sound easy 🙂 Regards, Susen Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 21, 2015

      You are welcome Susen :). I just made them again last night. My hubby told me that we are out of croutons for our Caesar salad dinner. I had some bread on the counter and turn it into croutons. It’s not a Caesar salad with out croutons :D. Reply

  • Kelsey T.
    May 3, 2015

    Delicious crouton recipe, flavorful and crunchy. Mine took about 14 minutes on the lowest rack (at 375). So much better than the packaged ones (: Thanks for the new staple recipe, Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 3, 2015

      Thank you for the great review Kelsey and you are welcome :). Reply

  • Ted
    April 7, 2015

    Easily the most flavourful croutons I have tasted. Store bought croutons now taste so bad in comparison. Thank you for sharing Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 7, 2015

      Thank you for the great review Ted and you are welcome :). Reply

  • Anna
    March 25, 2015

    Lovely!!!! I just made it and its perfect……! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 25, 2015

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Zarema
    October 13, 2014

    Mne ochen nravyatsya vashi recepi prosto umnitsya tak derjat Ydachi jelau vo. Vsem Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 13, 2014

      Thank you Zarema 🙂 Reply

  • March 28, 2014

    I’m adding this to my recipes to try. I like to top homemade soups with croutons when serving too. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2014

      Thanks Jan! I hope you love them as much as we do. They’re now a staple in our house 🙂 Reply

  • Marcie
    March 8, 2014

    This is a GREAT idea and recipe!!! Do you think, or have you ever tried freezing the croutons and/or bread crumbs to make them last longer?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 8, 2014

      I haven’t but they keep at room temp pretty well if they are fully dried out. I think you could freeze them and then toast them in the oven to freshen then up and get them crispy again 🙂 Reply

  • Alena
    March 8, 2014

    Hello! Dear Natasha!Thanks for your work!)
    The March 8 is a Women’s day!And in this light hour, as previously newly
    Let will You to accompany:
    The Hope, Belief and Love! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 8, 2014

      Thank you Alena! Happy women’s day to you as well! 🙂 Reply

  • Ooooo! I love croutons but I never let myself eat them because they are “bad for you”, but I could totally stand behind these! How simple yet delicious!

    I have found, as a general rule, anything your son loves, I love. And there you have it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 7, 2014

      He is a good taste tester! 😉 I agree – I didn’t feel guilty eating these; not one bit! 🙂 Reply

  • Oksana
    March 7, 2014

    I remember my mom always making our own croutons (she just used bread and some butter and oil I think and dried them out in the oven). This sounds delicious. I usually cut up my almost stale bread too, and put them in a container after they dry out and use them in any recipe that calls for breadcrumbs or soaked bread (like kotleti). I’ll definitely make croutons your way, I was never really impressed with store bought, so we rarely had them in our house. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 7, 2014

      I’d never even thought of using my own bread crumbs. Duh!! Thanks so much. Someone else said that today too and I love it!!! Reply

  • March 7, 2014

    I agree with you Natasha, there is no reason to buy croutons. This is exactly how I make my too. Thanks for posting this, sharing it on FB 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 7, 2014

      Hey girlie! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 I wish I had checked the label sooner. I’m definitely watching that more closely. It’s amazing what kind of chemicals are ok for food!! Reply

  • irena
    March 7, 2014

    Put these in a food processor and voila ! ! ! ! …. you have your own
    bread crumbs for your delicious Breaded Baked Chicken Drumsticks recipe and over your roasted asparagus …. it just gives it the “extra” crunch and flavor

    I truly enjoy getting Natasha’s Recipes – – – very easy, delicious comfort
    food and I am making borsht today, vareniki over the weekend

    Thanks again

    Irena Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 7, 2014

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment 🙂 That’s brilliant by the way; putting them in a food processor. You’re making me hungry for drumsticks! Ooh and as a topping for asparagus! Shrimp too I bet!. I’m soooo hungry!! 🙂 Reply

  • Pat Tucker
    March 7, 2014

    this is great, I let leftover bread dry out, drizzle with fat drippings, and feed to the birds…only in winter, and here with all the snow, the birds have nothing to eat…. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 7, 2014

      That’s sweet of you to think of the birds. You just made me think of my mom. She does stuff like that. We call her Snow White 😉 Reply

    • Terri Mellies
      July 31, 2015

      I feed the birds all year long. In harsh winters, many of them freeze to death. Particularly if they don’t have anything to eat. They can’t keep warm. Thanks for thinking of THEM too! ♥ Reply

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