Front view of a large salad in a bowl topped with homemade croutons
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5 from 6 votes

Easy Baked Homemade Croutons

Homemade croutons are a super easy to make, and their crispy, crunchy texture takes any soup or salad to the next level! Only five ingredients!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Total Cost: $0.71 recipe / $0.18 serving
Servings: 4 about 3/4 cup each
Calories: 134.93kcal
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes


  • 4 slices sturdy bread $0.33
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning blend $0.03
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.01


  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cut the bread into 1/2-inch cubes. You should have about 4 loosely packed cups of bread cubes.
  • Place the cubed bread in a large bowl and drizzle the olive oil over top. Use a spatula or your hands to gently toss the bread cubes until they are coated in oil.
  • Combine the Italian seasoning blend, garlic powder, and salt in a small bowl, then sprinkle the mixture over the bread cubes. Gently toss the bread cubes again until they are evenly coated in seasoning.
  • Spread the seasoned bread out onto a baking sheet. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes*, checking the color of the bread every 5 minutes. Stir the croutons and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes, if needed, to get the croutons to a nice deep golden brown color. Let the croutons cool slightly before serving.


*The cook time can vary significantly depending on the density and moisture level of the bread (whether it is stale or fresh), so check the croutons every five minutes.


Calories: 134.93kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.08g | Protein: 2.78g | Fat: 7.55g | Sodium: 252.93mg | Fiber: 0.6g