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Homemade Croutons

Oven-baked homemade croutons made with day-old bread, olive oil, garlic, and the perfect seasonings will be delicious on all of your fresh salads and soups.
Author Diana
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 loaf of bread cut or torn into ¾ inch cubes – about 12oz or 4 cups in total, preferably 1-2 days old bread – I used a rustic sourdough loaf but ciabatta is also great
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Toss pieces of bread with some olive oil, garlic powder, and salt, then spread on a quarter baking sheet, bake in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes turning once halfway through or until they’re crispy and golden brown. You don’t want the croutons to be completely dry, but to have a little bit of moisture and chew to them but also crunchy at the same time.
  • Remove the croutons from the baking sheet, and allow them to cool completely.


If your bread has gotten a little too stale and it’s hard to even slice, just dampen the bread slightly by running it under water for a moment, just long enough to get it wet on the outside. Then place the loaf into a 300°F/150°C degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes.


Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 661mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 4mg