Bread/ Salad

Homemade Garlic Croutons

April 11, 2019 (Last Updated: May 30, 2019)

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Homemade crunchy garlic croutons

This post was originally posted in March of 2015. The recipe, photos and post have been updated.

Homemade garlic croutons are so delicious and so easy to make!  Croutons are very versatile.  You can adjust the taste to fit your individual likes.  I love garlic, garlic, and some more garlic….so these are a little garlicky!  

There are the ends from each loaf that are just too small to make into a sandwich.  Fresh homemade bread doesn’t remain fresh for very long.  After a couple of days, when it starts to get stale, I save any extra pieces for making croutons.  I just throw all the pieces into a gallon freezer bag, put it in the freezer and just keep adding every time I have a piece or two.

Croutons on a green salad

When the bag is full, it’s time to make croutons!  I use slices from my White Whole Wheat Bread that I make regularly.  However, you can use any type of bread: White sandwich bread, left over focaccia, french bread, or an artisan style bread.  I usually use the extra pieces, but you could use a fresh loaf just for making croutons.  It’s all up to you!

What are croutons?

Croutons are dried cubes of bread that are flavored with herbs. Croutons are often eaten on a salad, sprinkled on a soup or crushed and used as a topping for a casserole. 

Bread cubes in a pan for making homemade croutons.

How to make homemade garlic croutons

If making from frozen slices, remove bag from freezer and let sit for 30 min.  The pieces will have softened, but will still be slightly frozen.  The bread is easier to cut in the partially frozen state.  Cut into small cube pieces.  It’s helpful to have the pieces be fairly even in size.   My cubes are approximately one inch cubes.  You can make slightly larger or smaller, depending on what you like.

Place the cubes in a roasting pan and place in the oven to dry.  You do need to stir frequently so the ones on the top don’t get too dry.  I checked them every 10 minutes.  Once they are dry you pour the delicious buttery mixture over the cubes and then you dry some more.  At this point the smell of garlic, butter, and bread will have your mouth watering. You will continue stirring every 10 minutes.  I have a really hard time resisting sampling every time I have to stir the croutons….quality control is what I keep saying!

Butter, garlic and parsley for making garlic croutons.

Can I use different herbs?

You bet! Instead of parsley, you could add dried basil, dried thyme or fresh chives. You could also use a mixture of herbs, if you’d prefer.

What type of salad is best for garlic croutons?

Any green leaf salad is perfect for these croutons. I often use these when making Caesar Salad

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Green salad topped with garlic croutons.

 

If you make these garlic croutons, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or tag a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

5 from 8 votes
Homemade Garlic Croutons on a green salad
Homemade Garlic Croutons
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Homemade croutons
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: croutons, garlic croutons
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 70 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 8 - 12 Cups Bread Cubed
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 5 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley Fresh or dried
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place bread cubes in a large roasting pan.
  2. Dry at a 350 oven. Stir bread every 10 minutes until almost completely dry.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a sauce pan over low heat. Add garlic. Cook on very low heat for 3-5 minutes. You just want to warm the garlic and release the oils. You will be able to smell the garlic as it warms up. Set aside off heat.
  4. When bread is dry, pour butter mixture over dried bread.
  5. Add Parsley and salt and pepper.
  6. Stir and return to oven for 5 minutes.
  7. Stir again and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Garlic Croutons
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 87mg4%
Potassium 19mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Harshad
    April 21, 2019 at 10:52 am


    Such a simple and tasty Croutons recipe, Kathy!

    I enjoy making these easy to make recipes at home, as you get to play with different flavors and ingredients of your choice.

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    April 15, 2019 at 6:57 am

    I could eat these like potato chips, cant have just one! These look so buttery and I can just imagine them dissolving in my mouth with each bite 🙂 . Take care.

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    April 12, 2019 at 5:35 am


    Homemade croutons are thes BEST! I could legit eat them as they are for a snack and be quite happy 😉

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 15, 2019 at 5:28 am

      Me too!:)

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    April 12, 2019 at 4:22 am


    What a great idea to save the ends of loaves of bread! I do love homemade croutons, but I’ve just used bread that I purposely staled for the purpose. This is a much better route. Homemade croutons can take an average salad to an award-winning salad in seconds! 🙂 Love this recipe, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 12, 2019 at 5:33 am

      There are times I have to use fresh bread that I cut up just for croutons. Either way works fine.

  • Reply
    Alix @A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
    April 12, 2019 at 2:47 am

    These look so so good! We love making soups so it’s always great to have a fabulous crouton recipe on hand. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 12, 2019 at 5:32 am

      They are perfect sprinkled on soup.

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    April 12, 2019 at 12:39 am


    Garlic and bread are my two real loves! So I know I will adore this 😉

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 12, 2019 at 5:31 am

      Mine too! I love just nibbling on these croutons all by themselves. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    April 11, 2019 at 9:26 am


    Kathy, these croutons look so crunchy and delicious! They really make a salad special!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 11, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      It’s all about that delicious crunch!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 11, 2019 at 8:10 am


    I really dislike store-bought croutons Kathy! Homemade are always the best. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 11, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      I hope you give them a try!

  • Reply
    Medha @ Whisk & Shout
    March 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Yum! I eat croutons as a snack rather than in my salads… bad habit 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 21, 2015 at 4:47 am

      Ha! I think that’s actually a great idea!

  • Reply
    Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness
    March 19, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I love croutons in my salad, but sadly my boyfriend HATES them! Oh well, more for me!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 19, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      I guess he just won’t know what he’s missing!

  • Reply
    Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife
    March 18, 2015 at 2:04 pm


    Yum! I have never made my own croutons. I will be trying these =)

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      They are simple and delicious!

  • Reply
    Mir
    March 18, 2015 at 3:57 am

    I love homemade croutons! They completely make the salad. These look delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 18, 2015 at 5:03 am

      I agree…they add the perfect crunch and flavor booster!

  • Reply
    celyn
    March 18, 2015 at 2:32 am

    great recipe! I’ve never tried making croutons, thanks for sharing!

    styleandchocolates

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 18, 2015 at 5:02 am

      Thanks, I hope you give these a try!

  • Reply
    Kimberly @ KimRidge Farm
    March 17, 2015 at 4:49 pm


    You may not believe it, but I have been making your bread sticks since you posted that recipe a while ago. Like I mentioned in my comment back then, we like bread crust and your bread sticks were just perfect for that. I’ve been making them ever since and we love them.

    Now, I think I made too much of a batch and I have some extra sitting on the counter. I was planning on making croutons out of them to have with homemade tomato soup. But now that you mentioned garlic and butter, I think I am going for it.

    Thank you for the recipe and great ideas.

    Kimberly

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 17, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Wow, Kimberly! I’m so pleased that those bread sticks have become a favorite! It’s a great idea to use these for the croutons!
      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Keri @ Fashionable Foods
    March 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Homemade croutons are SO much better than store bought and super easy. I’ve made them hundreds of times using all different flavorings, but never used fresh garlic! They look and sound amazing!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Fresh garlic is really great, but you can use almost anything with these. Adjust the seasoning to match a salad or your personal tastes.

  • Reply
    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
    March 17, 2015 at 3:22 am

    Such a good idea, Kathy! I hate wasting food, but love buy fresh bread from the store. We usually eat about half or a quarter of a loaf with dinner, but then it goes unnoticed on the counter for the rest of the week. I’m looking forward to being able to safe it for some salad toppings now. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 17, 2015 at 4:44 am

      Sounds like perfect bread for making croutons!

  • Reply
    Rachelle
    March 16, 2015 at 7:48 am

    What a clever way to use leftover bread! Homemade croutons are the best and bring on the garlic!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 16, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Rachelle! The more garlic, the better!

  • Reply
    Laura
    March 16, 2015 at 5:24 am

    I love the idea of making my own croutons! And they are so cheap to make. The bagged ones at the store are actually pricy when you consider how easy they are to make and freeze for later. This is a little project I need to get on asap!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 16, 2015 at 5:55 am

      You are right…they are so much cheaper. This makes a huge batch and storing in the freezer is a great idea. They will certainly last longer.

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