Bagel Croutons Recipe

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The next time you are making a homemade salad, be sure to include these freshly baked bagel croutons to add a delicious crunch! Make the most out of your leftover bagels by turning them into these cheesy and crunchy bagel croutons. It has an added grated parmesan cheese with Italian seasoning for a richer tasting seasoned cubed bread. 

With these simple ingredients, you’ll get to make your own delicious homemade croutons made from tasty round bagels. You can make these bagel croutons in less than 30 minutes which makes for an appetizing and perfect finishing touch to a classic caesar salad or tomato soup for some extra crunch.

Bagel Croutons Recipe

How To Make Bagel Croutons

Croutons are a staple with salad or soup dishes. These seasoned bagel croutons will make dishes even more delicious with its crunchy texture and subtle herb and cheese flavor.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins


  • 2 whole-wheat bagels, (roughly 3 oz per bagel), or bagels of your choice
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated or powdered

To Serve:

  • ¼ cup salad, or mixed greens with tomatoes in Italian dressing


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Cut the bagels in half and then cut each half bagel into about 12 smaller pieces.

  3. Transfer to a bowl and put olive oil, Italian Seasoning, and cheese. Coat the bagel pieces in the oil.

  4. Spread the bagel pieces on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle croutons over a salad or add them to a soup.

Recipe Notes

  • In this recipe, we used whole wheat bagels and mixed greens with tomatoes in Italian dressing for the salad.
  • This recipe yields 2 cups of croutons and we suggest using 1 cup of croutons per serving.


  • Sugar: 1g
  • :
  • Calcium: 157mg
  • Calories: 290kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 9mg
  • Fat: 30g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 21g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Potassium: 27mg
  • Protein: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 202mg
  • Vitamin A: 163IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

What bread are croutons made of?

Homemade croutons are usually made from leftover bread like a day-old French bread, Italian loaf bread, or sourdough bread. But, just like this recipe, you can also use simple bagel breads. It’s another type of bread that’s boiled instead of baked to give it that crispy yet chewy texture. That’s why if you have some of these delicious leftovers, you can turn them into tasty croutons.

How do you keep croutons crisp?

The best way to keep your bagel croutons crispy and crunchy is to properly store them. When they are exposed to air or moisture, they can get soggy or stale. Use a resealable plastic bag and remove the air as much as possible. Keep your leftovers at room temperature and they will stay good and crunchy for about 2 weeks. You can also store them in the fridge, but they will eventually lose their crunchiness and turn soft. To refresh them again, simply bake them at 300 degrees F for 5 minutes until crispy.

bagel croutons


This quick and easy bagel croutons recipe is a wonderful addition to your usual homemade salad dishes. Its crunchy texture with cheese and Italian seasoning makes for a delightful crouton variation to try at home.
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