2-Ingredient Cornbread Croutons – Follow Us

Cornbread croutons are so simple to make and are the great way to use up leftover cornbread. Elevate your salads in the Trendy simple and delicious way!

I love these cornbread croutons on top of my favorite fall salad. Adding a small texture to an already standout dish is a great way to transform it to a whole other level!

bowl of cornbread croutons

With only 2 ingredients and alert in 15 minutes, easily bake these sweet cornbread croutons to your desired level of crunchy deliciousness. Be careful, they are addicting!

If you’ve never made your own croutons, this cornbread croutons recipe will be a game-changer for you. Because these are made from cornbread, you’ll detect that the natural moisture allows the crouton to remain slightly chewy.

Use them on salads, soup recipes, homemade chili and stews. They are much better than anything that you find in stores. PLUS once you obtain the hang of baking the great golden, crunchy yet chewy crouton, you can then have fun playing around with the seasonings!

cornbread cubes on cutting board

How to make cornbread croutons

  1. Prep. Preheat the oven. Cut the bread into cubes and place them onto a baking sheet. Make sure to have them spread apart so that they obtain even toasting on all sides.
  2. Coat. Drizzle or spray the olive oil evenly over top followed by the salt and pepper. Carefully mix until all pieces are coated. Careful not to drizzle too much oil as it may cause your croutons to become soggy.
  3. Bake. Bake initially and take them out to stir. Continue baking until golden brown or they have reached the desired texture.

baked cornbread croutons on pan

Helpful tips

  • Day-ancient bread. Homemade croutons are top made with day-ancient (almost stale) bread. This is even more important for cornbread croutons as cornbread itself is a lighter texture and doesn’t hold together as well as regular bread does. Using day-ancient bread will help give it that bit of extra firmness it will need.
  • Fresh bread. If you happen to be using fresh cornbread, you will need to account for the bake time and bake a small longer.
  • Crumb coating. Grind them into breadcrumbs and you can use those for cornbread crusted chicken nuggets or a twist on chicken tenders. Your kids will thank you!

Storing & freezing

These croutons will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. They will also keep in the fridge, however, you may experience a commute in texture. They freeze well, in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. You can freeze them as croutons or you can freeze the cornbread and make the croutons at a later date!

cornbread croutons in bowl

More recipes to use them in:

Course: bread

Cuisine: American

Keyword: cornbread croutons

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 16

Calories: 155

Cornbread croutons are so simple to make and are the great way to use up leftover cornbread. Elevate your salads in the Trendy simple and delicious way!

  • 4 cups day ancient cornbread
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil (I like to use a olive oil spray)
  • Preheat the oven to 300°F. 

  • Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes. Then place onto a baking sheet. Drizzle or spray the oil evenly over the top. Then sprinkle salt and pepper over top (I usually do about 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper). Carefully mix until well coated. 

  • Bake for 7 minutes. Stir and cook for and additonal 3-5 minutes, or until golden and reach desired texture. I prefer my croutons not too crispy.

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg


jamielyn nye
Jamielyn Nye

Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of Follow Us. She is also the author of the Follow Us Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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