How to Make Breadcrumbs: 3 Easy Ways to Make Fresh and Dried Breadcrumbs at Home

Feb 18, 2021 05:00 PM

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SHARE - Do you have some leftover bread at home? One of the best ways to make use of it is by turning them into breadcrumbs. You can also use the breadcrumbs for your favorite deep-fried snacks such as tempura, meatballs, casseroles, or even katsu.

Store-bought breadcrumbs are great, but why buy them when you can make fresh and homemade breadcrumbs at home? And in this article, you will find three ways on how to make breadcrumbs yourself at home that are no less good than the storebought one. Keep reading and find how to make breadcrumbs from scratch easily at home!

How to Make Homemade Breadcrumbs

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If you have left-over bread at home, you can turn them into breadcrumbs instead of throwing them away. And here's how to make breadcrumbs yourself at home.


  • 6 slices of bread, cut into 1-inch cubes


Step 1. Preheat the oven to 250 °F or 125 °C. 

Step 2. Put the cubed pieces of bread into a food processor and process at high speed. For coarse bread crumbs, process for 30 seconds, and for fine bread crumbs process for 1 minute. You can use the fresh breadcrumbs right away or you can also continue to follow the next step to make dry breadcrumbs.

Step 3. To make dry breadcrumbs, transfer the fresh breadcrumbs to a baking tray. You can also use more than one baking tray if needed.

Step 4. Spread the breadcrumbs evenly.

Step 5. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until dry. Make sure to stir them occasionally to prevent burning.

Step 6. Take out the breadcrumbs from the oven and transfer them to an airtight container and let them cool. The dry breadcrumbs can last up to 2 weeks at room temperature and up to 4 months in the freezer. In addition, you can store the fresh breadcrumbs in an airtight container and it can last up to 1 week in the fridge.

How to Make Seasoned Breadcrumbs

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Plain breadcrumbs are great to use on their own. But you can also take it to another level by adding some seasoning to it. And here’s how to make breadcrumbs with seasoning at home.


  • 2 cups of homemade breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of dried parsley flakes
  • ½ tsp of dried oregano
  • ½ tsp of dried basil
  • ½ tsp of onion powder


Step 1. Prepare a large bowl and add the breadcrumbs.

Step 2. Add all the seasonings such as kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley flakes, dried oregano, and dried basil. 

Step 3. Mix the breadcrumbs and seasoning until well-combined. Adjust the seasoning based on your taste.

Step 4. Seasoned breadcrumbs are ready to be used!

How to Make Breadcrumbs Without a Food Processor

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One of the key tools to make homemade breadcrumbs is a food processor. But what if you don’t have a food processor at home? Don’t worry, because, in this part, you will find out how to make breadcrumbs without using a food processor. Follow the instructions below!


  • 6 slices of bread


Step 1. Preheat the oven to 300 °F or 149 °C.

Step 2. Cut the slices of bread into ¾ inches cubes or tear them into smaller pieces.

Step 3. Prepare a baking tray and put the bread cubes on the tray. Spread the bread evenly.

Step 4. Bake the pieces of bread in the oven for about 7 to 10 minutes or until dried. Make sure to also stir them occasionally to prevent burning.

Step 5. Once the pieces of bread are dried, take the tray out from the oven and let sit to cool.

Step 6. After the bread cools down, transfer them to a large zip-lock plastic bag and partially sealed the bag.

Step 7. Use a rolling pin and carefully crush the bread until it forms breadcrumbs consistency.

Step 8. Once all the bread is crushed, take the breadcrumbs out of the plastic bag and transfer them to an air-tight container. You can store them at room temperature or in the fridge to prolong their shelf life.

Learning how to make breadcrumbs is a great way to reduce food waste. What’s more amazing is that you can also control how big or small the crumbles are as well as making it more flavorful by adding some seasoning.


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