Homemade Garlicky Ciabatta Croutons

Homemade Garlicky Ciabatta Croutons, an easy and fast crunchy crouton recipe made from fresh ciabatta bread, olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs. Ditch the store bought croutons and make them home made!

Sliced ciabatta bread on a table with fresh herbs and salt for homemade croutons recipe.

I must admit that I never really gave croutons much thought when I was younger. As far as I knew, croutons were the crunchy, oily, over-salted squares that came in a bag bought at the store. I never considered that you could actually a) make croutons at home, and b) that they would be far more delicious than the generic bagged salad toppers.

Thankfully I finally realized: croutons are just baked and seasoned bread. Shocking, I know.

Now that I’ve solved this great culinary mystery, I’m here to share my favorite (and ridiculously easy) homemade crouton recipe, Homemade Garlic Ciabatta Croutons.

A bowl of bread cubes to be made into homemade croutons on a white table.

How to make Homemade Garlic Ciabatta Croutons

There are many ways to make homemade croutons. From baking to frying to air drying, there is no one tried and true way to get fresh bread from loaf to crunch croutons. However, I have pinned down the fastest and easiest method (in my opinion) that doesn’t skimp on flavor but also keeps the croutons as light and healthy as possible (meaning, no frying).

The way to crunchy and delicious croutons in fifteen minutes flat is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Cut fresh bread into ½ inch thick cubes.
  2. Toss with olive oil and spices.
  3. Baked on low heat until dry and crispy, about 8-10 minutes.

It’s truly as simple as that and the beauty is that the croutons keep for up to a week after they are dried. While this homemade crouton recipe uses ciabatta bread, any type of bread will work well and it is my go-to solution for that extra bakery bread that may be on the older (read: hard and stale) side. A perfect way to repurpose food and reduce waste!

Baked croutons on a metal baking sheet.


Loving this homemade crispy crouton recipe? Try it on one of our favorite salads, such as this Kale Persimmon Salad with Pecan Yogurt Dressing or this Summer Peach Panzanella Salad.

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Homemade Garlicky Ciabatta Croutons

A bowl of bread cubes to be made into homemade croutons on a white table.

Homemade Garlicky Ciabatta Croutons, an easy and fast crunchy crouton recipe made from fresh ciabatta bread, olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs.

  • Author: Kristina Todini
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups
  • Category: Salads & Sides
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American, Italian

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut ciabatta bread into 1 inch thick slices, then cutting each slice into ½ inch cubes and place into large mixing bowl.
  3. Add olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, and fresh herbs (if using) and toss to combine.
  4. Spread bread mixture onto a baking sheet greased with olive oil and bake 8-10 minutes, or until bread cubes are dried but not burnt.
  5. Let cool and serve on your favorite salad.

Notes

Leftovers & Storage: The croutons can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week after making.

Nutrition: Croutons on their own are a not a balanced meals or snack, but rather add crunch and flavor to salads and soups. To build a balanced meal, combine a protein (animal or plant-based), carbohydrate, and healthy fat source together to stay full and nourished throughout the day.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 100
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 310mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: homemade garlicky ciabatta croutons

Homemade baked croutons on a metal baking sheet on a white table.

Kristina Todini, RDN of Fork in the Road cutting vegetables in an outdoor kitchen.

Author: Kristina Todini, RDN

Welcome! I'm a registered dietitian who believes that food should be good for you AND good for the planet. Join me in taking the "fork in the road" to eat green and live sustainably.

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