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How to Make Breadcrumbs (no equipment necessary!)

Learn how to make breadcrumbs with this easy recipe that does not require any special equipment. This method works for making panko breadcrumbs too!

Course Main Course
Keyword dairy free, sourdough, sugar free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 130 kcal
Author Sarah Pope



  1. Place 6 bread crusts on a large plate in two stacks of three.

    bread crusts on a plate
  2. Cover bread crusts with a colander to allow airflow to quickly dry them out while also providing some protection. Leave on the counter until they are hard from drying out.

    How long this takes will depend on the humidity in your home. In my house, it only takes 24 hours or so. Even if it takes a couple of days, the breadcrumbs turn out fine!

    Alternatively, you can dry them more quickly in a dehydrator or a warm (150F) oven or placing on a plate on a warm (not hot) stovetop. Sitting on the counter works fine though!

  3. Break bread crusts into quarters and process until desired size in the food processor. Pulse a few times for panko breadcrumbs and pulse continuously until finely ground for traditional breadcrumbs.

    breadcrusts in food processor
  4. Alternatively, if you don't have a food processor, tear the crusts into the smallest pieces possible and pound them into the desired size crumbs in a mortar & pestle.

    breadcrumbs hand pounded
  5. Place breadcrumbs in an airtight container and refrigerate. Using glass will help them keep longer. 

    homemade breadcrumbs

Recipe Notes

Homemade breadcrumbs will last about a month in the refrigerator. Freeze what you will not use in that time.

Substitute sprouted bread crusts for sourdough if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Breadcrumbs (no equipment necessary!)
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 100mg4%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 4g8%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.