Basic Croutons

Basic Croutons

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total: 20 min
  • Serving: Makes 4-6 servings

Croutons add such wonderful flavor and crunchy texture to soups and salads that it would be a shame to omit them from any dish.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 3 cups large-dice crusty bread (from about 3, 1/2-inch slices)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the butter or the olive oil into a large oven-safe sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the diced bread and stir well to coat, then sprinkle with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer the sauté pan to the oven and bake the croutons for 10 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking time.

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