How to Make Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Do you ever have day-old bread? You know bread once it has passed its prime, or perhaps you are making a recipe and you need some bread crumbs. Maybe you don’t want to drive to the store to go out and get some bread crumbs, I can show you how to make your own homemade Italian seasoned bread crumbs from scratch.

italian seasoned bread crumbs in a bowl

A lot of different recipes use Italian seasoned bread crumbs, I have made the Olive Garden Fried Mozzarella with Italian seasoned bread crumbs. You can dredge chicken breasts with these and saute them with some butter or olive oil and you will have dinner in a flash. You don’t need to buy them store-bought, you can make them at home.

I personally love to save money where ever I can. It is hard to stay on a budget but I love to take shortcuts where I can and save a little bit here and there. By making homemade substitutes for items I would normally buy out I can save money. While bread crumbs won’t break the bank, if you are like me, you may have leftover bread that has passed its prime, but you can still use it. Now don’t use bread that is moldy, throw that away.

You can use leftover sandwich bread, Italian bread, French bread or whatever you have on hand to prepare your own bread crumbs. After my bread is dried out I season this with a blend of Italian herbs, some onion powder, and if you like a little garlic powder, and you will have some wonderfully seasoned bread crumbs.

Italian Seasoning makes breadcrumbs flavorful

Many people buy Italian seasoning in the grocery store, it is a very common spice blend. If you do not have the spice blend of Italian seasoning on hand, you can use the following mix to create your own Italian seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crashed
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Check out these recipes for or with bread crumbs:

homemade Italian seasoned bread crumbs and a platter of breaded chicken

How to Make Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Learn how to make homemade Italian seasoned bread crumbs with fresh bread.
4 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Italian Bread Crumbs, Italian Breadcrumbs, Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Servings: 2
Calories: 269kcal


  • 8 slices white bread
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (optional and not pictured in video)


  • Place 8 slices of bread on a half sheet cookie sheet.
  • If your house is dry, allow the bread to dry out.
  • If your house is humid, place the bread into a 200-degree oven until the bread has dried out, and then flip the bread over and allow the bread to dry out on the other side. About 5 to 7 minutes on each side.
  • Crumble bread into a bowl and add salt.
  • Rub the Italian seasoning between your hands to release the aromatic oils and then place those into the bowl.
  • Add onion powder and garlic powder if desired.
  • Stir to combine bread crumbs and seasonings.
  • Store in an airtight container.



Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1072mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 4mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Andrew

    2 stars
    Really? A Itialian Bread Crumb recipe that just lists Italian Seasoning? That’s what I came to the recipe for: What herbs are in Italian Seasonings?

  2. Cheryl Woods

    After I make and season the crumbs how long of a shelf life does it have. Can I keep it in an airtight container on a shelf in my pantry or does it need to be in the fridge?

    • Stephanie

      I don’t know what the exact shelf life of these are, I think they would be good for 4 to 6 weeks, beyond that I would consider storing these in the freezer, or try to use an air tight container.

  3. Colleen

    Just came across this recipe and pinned it for future use. Everytime I buy Italian Seasoned bread crumbs, they go stale before I use the whole package. This is a great idea that I will definitely use. Thanks much! 🙂

  4. galintx

    I like to use my food processor to crumb with seasonings. I also store old bread in freezer until ready to use for breadcrumbs, casseroles, French toast, bread puddings, etc. great way to save.

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