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skillet with wooden paddle and croutons on white napkin.

Garlic Butter Croutons

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


Making your own homemade croutons is so simple and a great way to use up leftover bread! Extra crispy, buttery, salty bites of love can be yours in just 15 minutes.


  • 2 cups cubed bread
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • fresh black pepper


  1. In a skillet, warm the butter over medium heat.
  2. When the butter melts, add the bread cubes and toss every few minutes for 5-10 minutes until the bread is lightly toasted.
  3. Sprinkle the salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and as much pepper as you'd like all over the croutons.
  4. Keep tossing and stirring to coat everything evenly in the butter and spices until the croutons are deeply golden brown.
  5. Transfer to a plate to cool completely before storing or serving on salads.


Bread: Use any kind of leftover bread you have for this! I have used sandwich bread, French bread, or homemade no-knead bread. When I know I'll have leftover bread, I cut into cubes and keep it in the freezer. Then, I take out what I need when I want to make croutons.

Butter: I prefer salted butter, always, but unsalted works here as well.

Leftovers keep great in a tightly sealed container on the counter for 2-3 days.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Sauce/Condiment
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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