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Bacon croutons instantly make any salad 1000% times better! Our croutons are super low in carbs and taste delicious. Making them ideal for a keto diet. They’re gluten-free too!

bacon croutons in a cast iron skillet with a wood handled spatula

Bacon Croutons

Croutons just got even better. Yep, we added bacon fat! Imagine the crunchy, garlickyness of croutons. Now imagine them with an added smokey bacon flavor.

Yup, we just changed the game! Think croutons are just for salads? Well, these bacon croutons are so yummy you’ll want to eat them by the handful! Add these delicious bacon croutons to any of your favorite dishes to add a little bit of crunch and a whole lotta flavor! 

How to make keto croutons

It’s so simple to make keto croutons!

To make our amazing bacon keto croutons, you’ll need a little bit of bacon grease, keto bread cubes, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. 

This easy keto crouton recipe will hardly consume any of your time. In less than 15 minutes, your beautiful, golden croutons will be ready to eat!

First, add the bacon grease to a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once the bacon grease is hot, add the bread cubes and all remaining ingredients. Next, gently stir the mixture to fully coat the bread cubes in bacon grease. Then, cook until the bread is golden and crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally, cool and use any way you’d use croutons!

Pro Tip #1 Switch up the flavor profile by adding different spices! Smoked paprika is delicious.

Pro Tip #2 If you don’t eat pork, you can use beef bacon grease like Faith does for this recipe! Or you could use olive oil for a vegetarian version.

bacon croutons in a cast iron skillet

Can I eat croutons on keto?

Sure, you can eat croutons on keto! Just make sure you use our recipe for keto bread to make your bread cubes. And you bet we made our easy low carb croutons extra keto by adding bacon grease! The added bacon grease adds so much flavor and some extra fat that we love on keto.

What’s a good substitute for croutons?

Our favorite thing about croutons is the crunch that they add to our salads and soups, etc. Roasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and nuts are some delicious, crunchy options to substitute for croutons!

What are croutons made of?

Traditionally, croutons are made of cubed bread that is seasoned and sauteed or baked and often added to soups or salads. Simple recipes of traditional croutons usually include white bread cut into bite sized cubes, olive oil, garlic powder, and salt.

Our easy keto croutons are made of bacon grease, keto bread cubes, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. 

bacon croutons in a cast iron skillet with a wood handled spatula

Do homemade croutons go bad?

Our bacon croutons are best kept in a covered glass container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. After 2 weeks time, your homemade croutons may become stale or begin to grow mold, so it’s best to use them fairly soon after making. 

Can I freeze croutons?

Yes, you can freeze homemade croutons! The ones that you do not use immediately, you can pack into a freezer bag and store them. Be sure to thaw them in the fridge before baking to prevent your croutons from absorbing moisture from freezing. Bake your croutons in the oven at 250 F until they’re crispy!

For a more short term form of storage, keep these croutons in covered glass container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Do croutons mold?

Croutons can develop mold under certain circumstances. If store bought croutons are not properly sealed, moisture may enter the container, and your croutons may develop mold. Homemade croutons have a more desirable flavor and texture than store bought, but may start to mold quicker. Worth it if you ask us! 

bacon croutons in a cast iron skillet with a wood handled spatula

How many croutons are in a serving? 

Generally speaking, 1 serving of croutons is about 7 pieces (bread cubes). A small handful of these bacon croutons atop your soup, salad (or any favorite dish, really) will be just what you need to complete your meal!

If you loved this keto crouton recipe, check out our Keto BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and 3 Cheese Grilled Cheese with BBQ Beef if you’re looking for a low carb lunch idea. And this Keto Breakfast Sandwich with Bacon Egg and Cheese is perfect for a low carb breakfast! 

If you make one of our low carb chicken dinners like Chicken Cordon Blue Casserole or Keto Instant Pot Crack Chicken make our keto Texas toast as a low carb side! 

bacon croutons in a cast iron skillet with a wood handled spatula

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bacon croutons in a cast iron skillet with a wood handled spatula

Bacon Croutons - Keto Croutons

Bacon croutons instantly make any salad 1000% times better! Our croutons are super low in carbs and taste delicious. Making them ideal for a keto diet. They're gluten-free too!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Faith

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the bacon grease to a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add the bread cubes and all remaining ingredients. Gently stir to coat.
  • Cook until the bread is golden and crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Cool, and use any way you’d use croutons.

Notes

  • 1 slice of keto bread equals 1/2 cup of cubed bread. 
  • Switch up the flavor profile by adding different spices! Smoked paprika is delicious.
  • If you don’t eat pork, you can use beef bacon grease like Faith does for this recipe! Or you could use olive oil for a vegetarian version.
  • Store keto croutons in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 42mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g
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bacon croutons in a cast iron skillet with a wood handled spatula

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