Garlic Butter Croutons

Simple to make and super delicious, these crunchy garlic butter croutons are an easy way to elevate your favorite soups and salads.
Garlic butter croutons in a white bowl.

Last Updated on March 25, 2021 by Betty Davies

Add some flavor and crunch to your salads and soups with these homemade garlic butter croutons. Quick and easy to make with just a few simple ingredients, every bite is bursting with flavor.

A bowl of garlic butter croutons in front of a white cloth.

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These toasted bread cubes are wonderfully flavorful and a great way to use up your stale bread.

Perfect crunchy and bursting with flavor, these garlic butter croutons are a great addition to salads and soups and an easy way to add texture and interest to your favorite dishes.

Be sure to try my cheesy garlic bread too!

Why you will love this recipe!

  • Easy and quick: It takes minutes to make a batch of these croutons with just 5 ingredients.
  • Make ahead: Homemade croutons have a great shelf life, so you can make up a big batch and enjoy them with lots of meals.
  • Dietary info: These garlic butter croutons are vegetarian.
Close up of baked croutons in a bowl.


  • Bread: I like to use sourdough bread for homemade croutons. French bread will also work well.
  • Butter: It’s best to use salted butter for this recipe. If you use unsalted, you may want to add in a little salt when you melt the butter.
  • Oil: I like to use olive oil, but any high heat oil like vegetable or canola will work well. The oil helps to stop the butter from burning.
  • Garlic: Use freshly minced garlic for the best flavor. The smaller you chop the garlic, the stronger the flavor will be.
  • Black pepper: For seasoning and added to taste.

How to make garlic butter croutons

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  • Melt together the butter oil and garlic.
  • Toss the bread cubes into the melted butter.
  • Place on a baking sheet, sprinkle with pepper.
  • Bake until golden brown.
Four step by step photos to show how to make homemade croutons.

Recipe Variations

These garlic butter croutons are pretty delicious as they are, but you can easily make them your own. Try sprinkling over some dried herbs like parsley or oregano for extra flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do they keep?

These homemade croutons will keep well between one to two weeks. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature, it’s best not to store them in the fridge.

Can you freeze them?

Yes, these garlic butter croutons freeze well, so be sure to make a big batch! Store them in a freezer bag for up to 6 weeks. Let them thaw at room temperature before adding to your dishes.

Do you have to use stale bread?

Croutons are a great way to use up stale bread you have so that it doesn’t go to waste. The drier the bread, the more of the garlic butter it soaks up and the tastier it is. It’s best to use bread that is at least a day old, but you can use fresh if that’s what you have.

Serving Suggestions

These croutons are the perfect accompaniment to all of your favorite soups and salads. They are a quick and easy way to add flavor and texture. Try adding them to:

Overhead shot of a bowl of croutons.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Cut the bread into cubes as evenly as you can. This will ensure that they cook evenly.
  • Cut the bread cubes as small or as large as you like, just be aware that your cooking time will vary so keep an eye on them.

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Garlic butter croutons in a white bowl.

Garlic Butter Croutons

Simple to make and super delicious, these crunchy garlic butter croutons are an easy way to elevate your favorite soups and salads.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Betty Davies


  • ½ loaf sourdough bread
  • ½ stick salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • freshly cracked black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 375F / 190c.
  • Cut the sour dough into cubes and place in a large bowl.
  • Place the butter, oil and minced garlic into a small pot and place on a low medium heat until the butter has melted.
  • Pour the garlic butter over the bread cubes and toss well.
  • Spread the bread onto a baking sheet into an even layer and sprinkle with some black pepper.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping them round halfway through, until golden brown.
  • Let cool before serving or storing.


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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