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Sourdough croutons are an EASY and delicious way to make homemade croutons to use in your favorite soups, salads, and stews! A great way to use leftover sourdough bread. With just a few ingredients like olive oil and some seasonings, these are ready in less than 30 minutes!

Sourdough croutons are an EASY and delicious way to make homemade croutons to use in your favorite soups, salads, and stews! A great way to use leftover sourdough bread. With just a few ingredients like olive oil and some seasonings, these are ready in less than 30 minutes!
overhead view of bowl filled with croutons
overhead view of bowl filled with croutons

Homemade croutons are the BEST. So much healthier than store bought, and so much better tasting, too. Making them with sourdough bread gives them tons of flavor, and is a great way to use up any leftover sourdough bread. (It’s also a great way to use any bread that doesn’t necessarily turn out perfect….)

Sometimes finding a good crouton can be tough. They need to be flavorful and crunchy, and help add to a meal. Store bought croutons tend to be like concrete – overly dry, hard, and flavorless. Luckily, making your own homemade croutons is simple, quick, and totally worth it! 

rimmed baking sheet filled with homemade croutons

What kind of bread should you use for this?

You can make these with either a bakery bought sourdough bread loaf, or with any sourdough loaf you have baked! The staler the bread, the better. When the bread is drier, it absorbs the oil better and helps the breadcrumbs to be crisper.

You could use whole wheat sourdough or San Francisco sourdough for a really pronounced sourdough flavor to the croutons. 

You could also make extra fun croutons by using a flavored sourdough bread like rosemary sourdough bread, roasted garlic sourdough, or jalapeno cheddar sourdough!

croutons sprinkled on counter

How to make these

These homemade croutons are so simple and easy to make! For the full set of directions, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below:

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Cut the bread into even cubes that are between ½” to 1” in size.
  3. Mix together the olive oil and seasonings.
  4. Drizzle the seasoned olive oil over the bread cubes (don’t just dump it in one spot, drizzle it all over) and toss to coat evenly. 
  5. Spread the bread cubes evenly onto a rimmed baking sheet. Make sure they are in a single layer and try to spread them out as much as possible.
  6. Bake until they are golden brown, tossing every 5 minutes or so, about 15-20 minutes in total.
cutting cubes and tossing with oil

Storage information

Store croutons in a resealable plastic bag with as much air removed as possible. You can also keep them in an airtight container, but I think they keep better in a plastic bag when you can keep squeezing out the extra air.

Make sure the croutons are completely, absolutely room temperature before you store them, or the condensation will make them soggy and moldy. Ew.

How long do sourdough croutons last? Croutons will keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks. You can also freeze them for 4 to 6 weeks.

bowl with homemade seasoned croutons

How to serve this to your family

Add these to your favorite salad recipe (they would be awesome on cheeseburger salad or kale caesar salad!), any creamy soup like tomato soup, or

Looking for other ways to use sourdough bread? Try:

overhead view of baking pan with croutons

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Sourdough Croutons Recipe

Sourdough croutons are an EASY and delicious way to make homemade croutons to use in your favorite soups, salads, and stews! A great way to use leftover sourdough bread. With just a few ingredients like olive oil and some seasonings, these are ready in less than 30 minutes!
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Course: Kid Friendly Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 87kcal
Author: Jenni – The Gingered Whisk

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf 16 ounces sourdough bread
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Cut the bread into even cubes that are between ½” to 1” in size.
  • Mix together the olive oil and seasonings.
  • Drizzle the seasoned olive oil over the bread cubes (don’t just dump it in one spot, drizzle it all over) and toss to coat evenly.
  • Spread the bread cubes evenly onto a rimmed baking sheet. Make sure they are in a single layer and try to spread them out as much as possible. If you need to use two pans, do it!
  • Bake until they are golden brown, tossing every 5 minutes or so, about 15-20 minutes in total.
  • Cool completely.

Notes

Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 100mg

One Comment

  1. Journa Liz Ramirez says:

    This was a great recipe! It was easy to make and my family love it so much. Would love to try it again. Highly recommended!

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