Easy Homemade Croutons - perfectly seasoned buttery croutons will take your next salad to a new level! So easy to make in just 15 minutes!
These croutons are perfect on Caesar Salad, Roasted Tomato Soup or my Instant Pot Corn Chowder.
The salad season is coming and what better way to jazz up a salad than with homemade, buttery croutons that taste just like from the restaurant! This recipe requires only 4 ingredients and makes the best crispy croutons ever. Using melted butter and seasoning (that you can easily customize) is the best combo. Forget the store-bought kind and make this recipe to serve with your next salad or soup.
- garlic powder
- Italian seasoning
How to make croutons?
- Start by slicing baguette into cubes.
- Mix melted butter with seasoning.
- Toss bread with seasoned butter. Spread in one even layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for no longer than 10 minutes.
You can store the croutons for up to 2 weeks in a sealed container.
These buttery, crunchy croutons are a must on salads, soups or even used in stuffing made from scratch:
- Chicken Cobb Salad
- Caesar Salad
- Roasted Tomato Soup
- Creamy Carrot Soup
- Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup
- Homemade Ranch Dressing
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Easy Homemade Croutons recipe
- 4 cups cubed baguette
- ¼ cup butter melted
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt skip if using salted butter
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1.5 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Slice baguette into cubes.
- In a small bowl, whisk melted butter with seasoning.
- Toss bread cubes with seasoned butter.
- Spread evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Serve immediately or cool completely and store in sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
Hi, Anna. Your croutons look scrumptious! I make them all the time but I use peanut oil and garlic. I want to try your method of using butter, instead. I think they will taste better with butter. I do salt mine after I remove from the oven to cool tho. I do mine in my convection oven on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and can make 3 zip-lock (sand size) bags and I freeze them for up to 3 months. Works perfectly for us, so when I need some for us or for when I make a big salad for company, they just need to be thawed. However, sometimes my family eats them before dinner is served LoL! All good, I can just get another bag thawed quickly. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe and I can't wait to try it using the butter!!!
Thank you so much, Grammasue! I love the idea of freezing the croutons and having them on hand when needed. Perfect!
These are the best homemade croutons! I have made others from Pinterest, and these are the best. Simple to make and loved by all!
Thank you Anna 👍
Yay! Thank you so much, Tina!
Can do this process in a sweet taste like cinnamon sugar and butter?
Oh my! I woke up and wanted to make my favorite breakfast casserole. It calls for croutons as the bottom layer. I had none. Found your easy recipe, made them, made the casserole. Delicious! Thank you for posting, don’t think I’ll ever buy croutons again!
Yay! I am so glad! Thank you so much, Sheri!
Had to make room in the freezer so thought I’d make croutons with some frozen brioche rolls. Oh my... these were so easy to put together and my kitchen smelled incredible. I couldn’t stop eating them!! My family followed the aroma into the room, tried them, and loved them as well. I only hope there’s some left for our salad! Great recipe!! Thanks for sharing 😋
Hi Paula! That's fantastic! I am so glad you enjoyed the croutons. I love that you used brioche rolls. Thank you for trying my recipe!
My house smells amazing right now! They’re still in the oven but I’ve made before and they’re fantastic. I wouldn’t have thought of the Italian seasoning but it adds a nice definition of flavor. Perfect for my leftover stale baguette. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, Leisha! I am so glad you love them!
Bless you Anna! OMG!!!!!!!! I am in absolute heaven! These are the perfect, garlicy, buttery crouton! I am having some on the Caesar Salad that I've made to pair with tortellini and pesto. I must be living right. After years of searching last night I finally found the perfect Caesar dressing. Then right afterward I found these. These are the absolutely PERFECT crouton!
Thank you so much!
Hi Patricia! Yay! That is wonderful! I am so glad you like the croutons. Aren't they just the best? Especially with the Caesar salad. Thank you so much for trying my recipe and for the comment!
I made these with Original Smart Balance because I am lactose intolerant and can't use butter. I also used Italian bread cubes. They came out great but I will reduce or leave off the pepper next time. Husband will like the pepper though 😀!
Homemade croutons are the best on soups and salads! My family gobbled these up so quickly!!
Homemade croutons are the best! I love how crunchy & tasty these look! I can't have a salad without them!
This recipe's a keeper, using baguette creates the perfect texture!
Exactly! They are the best!
Homemade croutons are the best! I can't believe how easy they were to make and they are a 1,000 times better than the stuff you buy in the store.
Thank you so much, Steph!
Aimee Shugarman says
These are delicious. Paired them with our caesar salad last night.
Awesome! Thanks, Aimee!