Breadcrumbs are a versatile ingredient that can elevate your cooking, adding texture and flavor to various dishes. From crispy coatings for fried foods to binding agents in meatballs, breadcrumbs are essential in any kitchen. While store-bought options are convenient, homemade breadcrumbs offer superior taste and freshness. Plus, they allow you to control the ingredients, avoiding unnecessary preservatives.

Breadcrumbs Recipe


To make homemade breadcrumbs, you'll need:

  • Bread (fresh or stale)
  • Optional for seasoned breadcrumbs:
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dried herbs (such as parsley, oregano, or thyme)


Step 1

Choose Your Bread

  • Stale Bread: This is ideal as it's easier to grind into fine crumbs.
  • Fresh Bread: You can use fresh bread, but it will need to be dried out first.

Step 2

Cut the Bread

  • Slice the bread into even cubes. This helps it dry out evenly and makes it easier to process later.

Baking or Drying

Method 1


  1. Preheat Your Oven: Set it to 300°F (150°C).
  2. Arrange Bread Cubes: Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake: Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, checking and stirring occasionally until the bread is dry and crisp.
  4. Cool Down: Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool completely.

Method 2


  1. Arrange Bread Cubes: Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet or a large tray.
  2. Leave to Dry: Place the tray in a dry, well-ventilated area. Leave it for 24-48 hours, or until the bread is completely dry.


Step 1

Choose Your Equipment

  • Food Processor: This is the quickest method. Add the dried bread cubes and pulse until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Blender: Works similarly to a food processor but may require smaller batches.
  • Manual Method: Place the dried bread in a ziplock bag and crush it using a rolling pin.

Step 2

Season Your Breadcrumbs (Optional)

  • For seasoned breadcrumbs, add salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried herbs to taste. Pulse again to combine the seasonings evenly.



  • Airtight Container: Store your breadcrumbs in an airtight container to keep them fresh.
  • Cool, Dry Place: Keep the container in a cool, dry place, like a pantry.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, place the container in the freezer for up to six months. Just be sure to label it with the date.


Making your own breadcrumbs at home is a simple yet rewarding task that adds a fresh, personalized touch to your cooking. By following these steps, you can create breadcrumbs that are tailored to your taste and free from unnecessary additives. Give it a try and taste the difference in your next recipe!

Happy baking! If you enjoyed this guide, share your homemade breadcrumb creations with us in the comments below.

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