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Homemade croutons

Total Time
28 min
10 min
18 min
So much tastier than the packaged kind, these homemade croutons start with frozen bread, which allows for easier, cleaner cuts with less crumbs. Make a big batch and freeze them—they defrost beautifully at room temperature. You can also bake these in the oven at 350°F for 15 minutes or until browned, flipping halfway through. Make sure you spread the croutons in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet so they cook evenly. Use whatever bread you like or have on hand, and customize the seasonings to suit your preferences. Use them on salads and soups or in stuffings and casseroles.


White bread

7 slice(s), frozen

Cooking spray

2 spray(s)

Olive oil

1 Tbsp, extra-virgin


1 clove(s), peeled and crushed whole

Kosher salt

¾ tsp


2 Tbsp, fresh, chopped

Fresh parsley

1 Tbsp, fresh, flat-leaf, chopped


  1. While still frozen, remove crusts from bread; chop into bite-size pieces. Lightly coat bread with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic; cook stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add bread and salt; increase heat to medium and cook, tossing frequently, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add dill and parsley; sauté until croutons are lightly browned, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove skillet from heat; discard garlic clove. When croutons are completely cool, store in a tightly sealed container. Yields about 1/4 cup per serving.