Toasted Bread Crumbs


Mangia Pasta!

Published by William Morrow

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Here is a simple recipe for making toasted bread crumbs. Use it whenever a recipe calls for them. Toasted crumbs can be made only from good quality bread that is somewhat coarse in texture. The recipe can be doubled or tripled as needed.

Makes2 cups



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes


  • ΒΌ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • Fine sea salt to taste


  1. In a medium-size skillet, heat the oil and butter together until the butter melts. Stir to blend the mixture well over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the crumbs absorb all of the oil-and-butter mixture and are golden brown. Season with the salt and remove the crumbs to a bowl to cool. When cool, transfer the crumbs to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. They will keep for several weeks.


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