The rich, buttery taste of croissants is a delicious way to elevate the classic crouton for any salad recipe.
Let’s make croissant croutons! For me, a salad isn’t complete without the addition of the beloved crouton. Although you can easily buy them at the grocery store, this recipe comes together in a few minutes with simple ingredients. I recently had a few croissants leftover when I made my Overnight Croissant French Toast with Apples and decided to quickly make them into croutons to serve with my salad. I quickly discovered that not only was this a great way to prevent food waste, but was also one of the best croutons I’ve ever had.
Once you try this recipe, homemade croutons will be your new favorite way to use up any stale croissants you have on hand. These buttery croissant croutons will be your new favorite addition to any salads, such as a simple green salad, a classic caesar salad, my Big Mac salad with my Burger Sauce, or in tomato soup. Have you tried my favorite caesar pasta salad? These croutons are amazing in them!
Croissant Crouton Ingredients
- Croissants – I love to use day old or leftover croissants.
- Seasonings – Besides my go to of salt and black pepper, I use the combination of dried or fresh rosemary, thyme and garlic powder for a classic crouton taste. If you have a Trader Joe’s the Everything but the Leftovers seasoning combines most of these flavors and works great as a crouton seasoning.
- Parmesan Cheese – Grated works best because it is able to coat the entire croissant piece.
How to Make Croissant Croutons
Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Cut the croissants into small, bite-sized pieces. In a mixing bowl add the croissant pieces and toss them in the olive oil, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder and parmesan until they are well coated.
Spread the croissant pieces out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the croissant croutons in the preheated oven for 5-8 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Flip halfway through. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the croutons cool for a few minutes before serving.
- 4 Croissants
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary
- 1/2 Teaspoon Thyme
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Cut the croissants into small, bite-sized pieces.
- In a mixing bowl add the croissant pieces toss them in the olive oil, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder and parmesan until they are well coated.
- Spread the croissant pieces out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake the croissant croutons in the preheated oven for 5-8 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Flip halfway through.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the croutons cool for a few minutes before serving.
If you have a Trader Joe's use the Everything but the Leftovers seasoning.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 284mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g
Nutrition values are estimates only.
Best Tips for Storing and Freezing Croissant Croutons
- The best thing about croutons is that they are essentially stale bread, so it will last up to a week in an airtight container.
- You can also freeze croutons in a freezer bag for up to 2 months.
- To thaw frozen croutons, place them on a plate until they come to room temperature and crisp them in the oven at low heat (300°F) or pop them in the air fryer until the desired level of crispness.