Learn How to Make Bread Crumbs at home for frying chicken, chops, or vegetables! I am sharing my simple method along with Italian and panko versions. This is a must-have in your pantry!
If you browse the recipe index on my site, you will notice I have quite a few recipes for homemade pantry staples. I enjoy making my own versions of the basics we all buy at the grocery store. If you look at the back of any bread crumbs packaging, it's not just bread! Starches, salt, even high fructose corn syrup are added. No, thank you! That's why today, I am sharing my simple way of making homemade bread crumbs.
The goal is to make perfect bread crumbs for breading, toasting, frying, etc. You can also make Italian bread crumbs by adding seasoning. Use them right away, store for up to 1 month or even freeze!
- bread (about 12 slices)
How to make bread crumbs?
- Start by placing slices of bread on a baking sheet and bake them in preheated oven at 300 degrees F.
- After about 10 minutes, flip them and toast for a few more.
- Remove from oven and cut or rip into chunks. Place all in the food processor and pulse until you reach your desired texture.
- Spread bread crumbs back on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes. Let them cool and then place in a container. I like to pulse them a few more times in the food processor for finer crumbs.
What bread can I use to make bread crumbs?
I use fresh bread but stale is even better! Use gluten-free, whole wheat, low-carb, even hamburger buns. Whatever you like!
How to make bread crumbs without an oven?
You can use your toaster, air fryer, toaster oven or toast the bread in a pan on the stove. The goal is to eliminate any moisture from the bread. Just don't toast them too much. Start at a lower setting and toast until the slices feel dry.
How to make bread crumbs without a food processor?
If you don't have a food processor or a mini chopper, you can place the toasted bread in a ziploc bag and crush it with a rolling pin.
Can I use leftover/stale bread?
Yes! It's actually better because the drying process is already started. You can skip the toasting in the oven step and go straight for the food processor.
How to store homemade bread crumbs?
If you happen to have a container from store-bought breadcrumbs, that holds 15oz., you can use that. It will fit all the crumbs! You can also use a glass jar or any container with a lid. Homemade bread crumbs are good for up to 1 month stored in the pantry or up to 3 months frozen.
Can I make panko bread crumbs?
Panko bread crumbs are light in color and coarse in crumb. To make panko-style bread crumbs, cut off the crust and dry out the bread in the oven making sure not to brown it. Pulse in the food processor just until coarse crumbs form. Cool and store in a container with lid.
Can I make Italian bread crumbs?
Yes! Simply add 1 and ½ teaspoons of Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon dried parsley, ¼ teaspoon each: garlic and onion powders.
More homemade pantry staples:
- Homemade Cornbread Mix
- Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- Homemade Nutella
- Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce
- Homemade BBQ Sauce
- Easy Homemade Croutons
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How to Make Bread Crumbs
- 12 slices of bread
- Preheat oven to 300° F.
- Place slices of bread on a baking sheet. I placed 6 slices on each.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, flip them and toast for 3 to 5 more minutes. You don't want them browned but dry.
- Remove bread from oven and cool for a few minutes. Do not turn off your oven.
- Cut or rip bread slices into chunks. Place all in food processor and pulse until you reach your desired texture.
- Spread bread crumbs back on the baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes.
- Let them cool and then place in a container. I like to pulse them a few more times in the food processor for finer crumbs.
- One serving is ¼ cup of bread crumbs, enough to bread 4 chicken cutlets.
- I use fresh bread but stale is even better! Use gluten-free, whole wheat, low-carb, even hamburger buns. Whatever you like!
- This recipe makes about 15 ounces of bread crumbs, as much as in a typical store-bought bread crumbs container.
- If you don’t have a food processor or a mini chopper, you can place the toasted bread in a ziploc bag and crush it with a rolling pin.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.