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  • Writer's pictureJenny Gruben

Recipe: Homemade Bagel Croutons

Updated: Feb 8

bowl of blueberry bagel croutons

Trust me when I say you will never want to purchase store bought croutons again! Homemade bagel croutons are SO easy and delicious, you may just sit down with a bowl full of them as a snack (no shame!). My favorite ways to enjoy them are just that, or tossed in a tomato soup! Crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside.

These croutons are amazing for so many reasons - they're fast, delicious, and the perfect way to save leftover bagels instead of tossing them.

Homemade Bagel Croutons Recipe

Here's what you'll need:

  • Leftover bagels (its ok if they're getting hard)

  • Olive oil

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Garlic powder

  • Onion powder

Optional ingredients:

  • Paprika

  • Cayenne Powder

Alternate Recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Bites!

  • Bagels pieces (recommended plain, cinnamon raisin or blueberry)

  • Olive oil

  • Cinnamon

  • Sugar

  • Salt


Rip the bagels in to large chunks (no need to worry about them being exactly the same size) and put in a large bowl. Toss the pieces with olive oil until evenly coated. Sprinkle seasonings on top and mix through.

Pick your cooking method:

Skillet (My favorite/preferred method) - pour bagel mixture in to large skillet and toast on medium heat, stirring and flipping until all sides are nicely golden. Scoop out croutons and place on a napkin covered plate to cool. Serve warm!

Oven - pour bagel mixture onto large cookie sheet and put in the oven. Set to broil and check/flip after 5-7m. Once oven is hot be sure to check every 2 minutes so they don't burn. This method works just fine, its just easier to overcook and harder to keep an eye on.

Save any leftovers in an airtight container and enjoy for several days.

Tips from your Top Goose

  • Adjust the recipe slightly to use ANY kind of bagel you'd like (my favorites currently are blueberry or everything). This recipe is just a guide and the "how to" so I recommend playing with the ingredients until you find your perfect mix!

  • Give my Cinnamon Sugar Bites a try with the alternate ingredient list above for a nice snack or dessert - calling all cinnamon sugar pretzel bite fans!

  • If you're preparing for a soup, don't be shy in trying them with a splash of cayenne pepper to give a little bite to your soup.

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