Do you make your own croutons?  If you don’t, you should try it.  In the past, I figured it wasn’t worth the effort since the store-bought kind taste pretty good.  Over time, I’ve slowly transitioned to DIY-ing anything and everything that I can.  It tastes better, I know exactly what we’re eating, and it’s much more eco-friendly.  Croutons are just another of the many items I used to buy regularly and now only make from scratch.  Despite my initial misgivings, croutons take about 10 minutes of actual work.  I confess that I never really use a recipe or measure anything because I make them so often, it’s just something I do by feel.

The basic idea is to mix cubes of bread with a bit of fat, seasonings, and then dry them out in the oven until crisp.  There are tons of variations you could make to suit your tastes – use different types of breads, use more olive oil than butter, play around with the seasonings.  As long as the bread has been fully dried out and there is no chewiness to the croutons, they will keep in an airtight container for a pretty long time – at least a couple of weeks.  Simple accoutrements such as these can make even the most boring salad a bit more appealing.  In fact, Andrew loves these croutons so much that he requests salad almost every night with dinner, and has been known to run laps around the house shouting, “I love croutons!”  True story.

  • Yield about 3-4 cups


  • 1 medium baguette or about 4 cups ½-inch bread cubes*
    1½ tbsp. olive oil
    1½ tbsp. melted butter
    Garlic powder
    Dried parsley
    Kosher salt
    Freshly ground black pepper


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 300˚ F.  Remove the crust from the baguette and cube the bread to the desired size.

  • 02

    Place the bread cubes in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir in the melted butter and olive oil and toss to coat.  Season to taste with garlic powder, dried parsley, salt and pepper (¼ teaspoon of each seasoning is a good starting point.)  Toss once more until everything is evenly combined.
  • 03

    Spread the croutons in a single layer on a baking sheet (preferably a rimmed baking sheet unless you’re a daredevil like me).  Bake, stirring once every 10 minutes, until the croutons are light golden and crisp and no chewiness remains (be sure to let a crouton cool for a minute or two before testing!)  They will bake about 40-50 minutes total but the time may vary depending on the size of cubes and type of bread.  Remove to a cooling rack and let cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

  • 04

    You can use whatever type of bread you like to make these.  Though many people use regular sliced bread, I find the texture lacking.  I typically use this baguette or this sourdough, both because they have the texture I prefer and because I keep them in the freezer at all times.