Homemade Rye Croutons, a simple oven-baked croutons recipe with only 4 ingredients and comes together in 10 minutes!

homemade rye bread croutons on a baking pan

Are you a crouton fanatic? Look no further! Homemade croutons are quick and easy to make with a delicious loaf of leftover rye bread.

👉 Here's why you'll LOVE this do-it-yourself rye croutons recipe:

  1. It's simple. 4 ingredients and 10 minutes is all it takes to make tasty rye bread croutons at home.
  2. It fights food waste. Making homemade croutons is a great way to use up stale bread that you don't know what to do with. Instead of throwing it out, you can make these DIY croutons as a topping for salads, soups and other dishes.
  3. It's versatile. Make these croutons your own by adding your favorite dried or fresh herbs and spices. They will taste great with just about any seasoning!

Are you ready to learn how to make homemade croutons with rye bread? Let's do it!


🥖 Ingredients you'll need

Homemade croutons are easy to make, tasty, and versatile with the amount of substitutions you can use to tailor them to your liking. Here's what you'll need to make them:

  • Rye bread: You can't make croutons without bread, and rye bread is a base that you can't go wrong with. If you don't have rye bread, this recipe can be made with other breads like sourdough, French bread, and ciabatta.
  • Olive oil: Using a good oil is essential for adding rich flavor to croutons. Olive oil does just that for this recipe, but any oil will do if you don't have olive oil on hand.
  • Salt and pepper: A little pinch of salt and pepper will add a kick of flavor.
  • Optional Ingredients: You can get creative with rye croutons by adding dried herbs of your choice. We recommend parsley, oregano, or basil! You can also use a little garlic powder for extra flavor.
sliced loaf of rye bread with bowls of olive oil, salt, and pepper on a white platter
Ingredients: rye bread, oil, salt, pepper

🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Preheat the oven + prep the bread

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Next, slice the rye bread into 1 inch thick slices, then cut each slice into 1 inch cubes. Place the cubed rye pieces into a large mixing bowl.

sliced rye bread on cutting board with bowls of oil and salt
Cut bread into slices and then cubes

2️⃣ Step Two: Mix bread cubes with oil + spices

Lightly pour the olive oil over the cubes of rye bread, then sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper as well as spices and herbs of your choice.

Then, using your hands or a wooden spoon, toss the croutons to completely coat them in oil and spices.

rye bread cubes in a mixing bowl with oil, salt, pepper, and a red spoon
Toss croutons with olive oil and spices

3️⃣ Step Three: Bake the croutons until crispy

Once the rye bread cubes are oiled and seasoned, spread them onto a baking sheet.

cut rye bread on a baking sheet with bowls of salt and oil
Spread seasoned bread cubes on baking sheet

Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the croutons are crispy and golden brown, flipping once to cook all sides.

When the bread is done baking, remove from the oven and let cool. Give the croutons a taste test and add more spices or seasoning if needed!

cooked rye croutons on a baking sheet
Flip once while baking

The rye croutons can be used as a topping for salads or soups. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5-6 days.

baked rye croutons on a baking sheet
Use as topping for salads or soups

❓Questions + quick tips

Can you make croutons with rye bread?

Rye bread can be used to make croutons. All you need to do is cut the bread into cubes, mix them with olive oil, spices, and seasonings, and bake the cubes in the oven. You can use fresh or stale rye bread to make croutons.

Can you make croutons with leftover rye bread?

Leftover rye bread is a fantastic ingredient to use to make croutons. Making homemade rye croutons out of leftover rye bread is a great way to cut back on food waste and to add flavor and crunch to salads and soups.

What can you do with leftover rye bread?

Leftover rye bread can be made into croutons, used to make bread pudding or added to a bread salad like panzanella. You can also use leftover rye bread to make bread bakes, French toast, or breadcrumb toppings for desserts.

roasted rye bread croutons on a roasting pan

💛 More recipes using croutons

We love using croutons on top of salads and soups. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to use rye bread croutons on:

Looking for other ways to make croutons? Try making homemade croutons with stale ciabatta bread or turn your leftover sourdough into croutons for salads.

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Yield: 8 servings

Homemade Rye Bread Croutons Recipe

rye bread croutons on a baking sheet

Homemade Rye Bread Croutons, an easy oven-baked croutons recipe using rye bread, dried herbs, and spices. Only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes to make!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf rye bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Pinch of salt, to taste
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Optional ingredients: spices like garlic powder or dried herbs like parsley, oregano, or basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven + prep bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut rye bread loaf into 1 inch thick slices, then cut each bread slice into 1 inch cubes. Place the cubed rye pieces into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add oil + spices: Drizzle olive oil over the rye bread pieces, then sprinkle in a pinch of salt and pepper and any desired optional spices. Toss to combine.
  3. Bake until crispy: Spread the oiled and seasoned rye bread cubes onto a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the croutons are crispy and beginning to brown, flipping once halfway to cook on all sides. When the bread is done baking, remove from the oven and let cool.
  4. To serve + store: After the rye croutons have cooled, serve on top of salads or soups. Store in an airtight container on the countertop for up to 5-6 days.

Notes

  • Recipe notes: This crouton recipe is made with rye bread, but any type of bread can be used. We like ciabatta bread or a thick whole grain loaf for homemade croutons.
  • Leftovers + storage: After croutons have cooled, store in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days, or in the refrigerator for 6-7 days. We do not recommend freezing as the croutons will lose their crisp texture after thawing.
  • Nutrition notes: This recipe uses all plant-based ingredients, making it suitable for vegan diets.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 29Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g