Irresistible buttery and crispy croûtons make the perfect garnish for soups and salads.
  • Serves: 4 to 6
  • Active Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
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Step 1: Making Croûtons

• 1/2 cup unsalted butter
• 1 tsp kosher salt
• 2 cups diced bread


Preheat the oven to 375°F or 190°C.

Remove the crust from the bread and slice into cubes. Mix the salt and melted butter together. In a medium bowl, pour half of the butter onto the bread and toss. Repeat with remaining butter and transfer to a baking sheet.

Toast the croûtons for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Toss occasionally. Once finished, add a little salt to the croûtons while they are still hot. Set aside to cool completely before using.

Note: For croûtons with a little more flavor, add garlic, fresh herbs or even chilies to the melted butter before pouring it over the croûtons.

Chef's Notes

Homemade croutons are nothing like store bought. Just make them once and you will see. They are a great way to add texture and flavor to a salad or even a nice way to garnish a soup.


  • 48 bit
    48 bit
    At home we don't use butter that much. For the croutons we actually use cold pressed olive oil instead of the butter. Some creamy soups just go really well with the croutons.
  • Klaus S
    Klaus S
    For an even distribution of butter,salt and herbs, I brush on the butter mixture or sometimes, the oil mixture, before I cube the bread.
  • Marty W
    Marty W
    How should you store the croutons, and how long will they keep?
  • Kimberley S Rouxbe Staff
    Kimberley S
    Store the croutons in an air-tight container for 1 to 2 days. Cheers!
  • Rita B
    Rita B
    Can I use freeze bread? If yes, should I cut it already into cube sizes, or leave it in slices? Also, should I wait for the bread to come to room temperature before putting it in the oven? Thank you!
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hi Rita- Yes, you can use frozen bread for croutons, and it's best to cut the slices into cubes before baking in the oven. You do not need to wait for the bread to thaw before making croutons with it. Good luck!
  • Rita B
    Rita B
    Thanks Ken! Yes, I know that I should cut into cubes before the baking, no worries :-). I was just wondering if it would be easier to froze it already in cubes or just slices, but after your answer, now I know that either ways works fine.

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