It’s easy to make your own homemade Italian Style Seasoned Bread Crumbs with just three ingredients – plain breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, and salt! Use these Italian bread crumbs in any recipe that requires them, from breading chicken or seafood to topping pasta bakes or using as a binder in meatballs or meatloaf.
If you’re like me, you don’t like having a million things in your pantry. I just don’t have the space to hold 8 different kinds of rice and 5 different kinds of flour. And I certainly don’t want more than one canister of bread crumbs taking up room! I prefer a more minimalist kitchen (which is why I’m such a fan of five-ingredient recipes).
So I only have plain bread crumbs (and sometimes plain panko breadcrumbs). When I need seasoned bread crumbs, I make my own. It only takes two minutes, and I can control what seasonings I add and how much salt as well.
I love using homemade Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs for almost any recipe that requires breadcrumbs. In this post I’ll explain how to make them, how to make your own Italian seasoning if you don’t have a pre-mixed jar, what kinds of breadcrumbs to use, how to store them, and recipes you can use these homemade seasoned breadcrumbs in.
How to make Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Just mix together 1 cup of plain breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Use immediately or store in an airtight jar or container in your pantry to use in recipes.
I used Morton and Bassett Italian Seasoning – I love their spices and they’re my go-to spice brand. They are a little pricier than other brands, but I think it’s worth it for the flavor and freshness. You can usually find this brand at your local grocery store.
What if you don’t have Italian Seasoning?
You can make your own Italian seasoning for this recipe. Just mix together 1/2 tablespoon each of dried parsley, dried basil, dried oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper.
There are so many varieties of Italian seasoning that include other spices, like paprika, sage, marjoram, and other herbs. Play around with it if you don’t have all the ingredients – it’s hard to go wrong here!
Can I use fresh herbs?
Sure! As long as you are using these Italian bread crumbs right away (or freezing for later) you can use fresh herbs instead of dried.
Chop up about 1/4 cup worth of fresh basil, oregano, thyme, sage, parsley, and/or any other herbs that go well in Italian food. Don’t forget to add some garlic powder and onion powder as well. (Fresh garlic and onion may be used but might result in soggier breadcrumbs because of their liquid content – not bad for meatballs but not ideal for a breaded coating.)
What kinds of breadcrumbs can I use?
ANY kind! As long as they are plain and unseasoned.
I used regular plain bread crumbs for this Italian Bread Crumbs recipe. But you can use panko, whole wheat, or even gluten-free store-bought breadcrumbs or low carb “breadcrumbs.” Anything works for this!
You can also make this recipe using homemade breadcrumbs if you’re feeling a little extra :-)
How do I store the breadcrumbs to keep them fresh?
If you are using store-bought breadcrumbs and dried seasonings to make these Italian bread crumbs, you can keep the breadcrumbs in an airtight container or jar in your pantry for up to a year.
If you are using homemade breadcrumbs, or if you are using fresh herbs, you’ll need to either use the breadcrumbs right away or freeze for later to keep them fresh. Just stick them in a zip-top plastic bag in the freezer or in an airtight container and they will be good for up to 6 months.
Recipes that use Italian Bread Crumbs
Here are a few recipes that use breadcrumbs. They would be perfect candidates to use these homemade Italian style seasoned bread crumbs! Keep in mind these breadcrumbs have added seasoning and salt. So if the recipes call for plain breadcrumbs, you may want to omit or decrease any other added seasonings and salt.
- Cauliflower Gratin
- Italian Mac and Cheese
- Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets
- Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
- New England Baked Haddock
- Mini Meatloaves
For subscribers to my blog, keep your eyes out for another recipe next week for Toasted Ravioli that uses these Italian bread crumbs! Delicious!
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Italian Style Seasoned Breadcrumbs
- In a small or medium bowl (or jar/container if storing for later), mix the plain bread crumbs (1 cup), the Italian seasoning (1 tablespoon), and the kosher salt (1/2 teaspoon) together.
- Store in an airtight container or jar for up to 1 year, and use in any recipe that requires Italian seasoned bread crumbs.
- You can use whole wheat or regular bread crumbs for this recipe. You can also use gluten-free bread crumbs if needed. You can also use homemade breadcrumbs if you prefer.
- To make your own Italian seasoning for this recipe, use 1/2 teaspoon each of dried parsley, dried basil, dried oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper.
- Fresh herbs may be used if you are using the breadcrumbs right away. Chop up about 1/4 cup worth of basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, and/or other herbs, as well as adding some garlic powder and onion powder to the mix.
- Make sure your Italian seasoning doesn’t have added salt; if it does, omit the kosher salt from this recipe.
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