Homemade Butter Croutons

A delicious and inexpensive way to make your own homemade butter croutons! Use day old bread, buns or any other bread you have on hand! Great on salad, soup or even as a snack.

Homemade Butter Croutons on a bowl of salad with a pan of croutons in the background.

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Homemade Butter Croutons on a baking sheet with bread slices on the side.

This recipe was photographed and updated 4/2024.

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Today's recipe is for one of my favorite snack foods, croutons! In addition to snacking, they're great on a salad or on top of soup. I also grind them in a food processor and use them as a topping for homemade macaroni and cheese! It's so much better than regular breadcrumbs. 

The great thing about this recipe? It's inexpensive and a great use for close to date or out of date bread. You can use pretty much any bread you have on hand, and this ensures it won't go to waste.

These croutons have a wonderful savory garlic butter flavor. The Italian seasoning and garlic powder are a great flavor combo, along with the butter. You'll want to skip store bought and make your own every time.

These croutons are so delicious sprinkled on top of a creamy or cheesy soup! Some of our favorites to use them with are, Broccoli Beer Cheese Soup or Cheesy Bacon and Corn Chowder.

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bread cubes in a large bowl with butter mixture being poured from a small bowl.

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

Recipe tips:

  • I suggest grabbing rubber gloves and folding the croutons with your hands before baking. It’s the best way to ensure the bread doesn’t get smashed.
  • The coating on your croutons isn’t going to be perfect. You'll never notice the difference once they're baked.
  • You can use salted butter, you may want to skip the salt altogether or reduce it by at least half.

Homemade Butter Croutons on top of a bowl of salad.
Yield 6 cups
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
45 Min
Total time
50 Min

Homemade Butter Croutons


  • 24 ounce loaf of sourdough bread
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (½ cup)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  2. Cut your bread slices into large chunks, about ¾ of an inch.
  3. Slice your stick of butter into 4 cubes and place it in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 1 minute or until the butter is fully melted.
  4. Add the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper to the melted butter and stir well.
  5. Place the bread chunks in a large mixing bowl and pour the melted butter mixture evenly over the top
  6. Using your hands or a rubber spatula, gently fold the bread pieces until they’re evenly coated with the butter mixture.
  7. Spread the coated bread cubes evenly on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, cool and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts




18.08 g

Sat. Fat

10.29 g


60.38 g


3.02 g

Net carbs

57.36 g


5.31 g


12.68 g


1073.19 mg


40.49 mg

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  1. These croutons are fabulous. Thanks for sharing this idea. Pinned and Shared.

  2. these are great! I added a 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning one time and my family loved that too! thanks very much. this is one of our favorites when I have left over sourdough.

    1. You're welcome! I'm so glad you like them and adding the Italian seasoning sounds amazing! Thanks for the comment!


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