Panko Substitution: Make your own Breadcrumbs

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When I was making my avocado fries the other day, I realized that I had no panko, also known as japanese breadcrumbs. (Okay, we actually had some hiding in the back of the cupboard, but I didn’t realize this until after the fact…)

Luckily, we did have some stale french bread, so I decided to share my way of making some breadcrumbs for recipes in a pinch.

Time: 10 minutes


  • Thin bread slices, preferably slightly stale


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread your bread slices out on a sheet of tinfoil or a baking sheet.

2. Toast bread in oven until crispy on top, and flip to crisp up the other side too.

3. Once bread is crisped through, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.

4. You can turn the bread into crumbs in a variety of ways: my favorite ways are to use your hands to crumble it up, or wrap it up in tinfoil or a bag and pound it with a mallet/rolling pin until at your desired crumb consistency.

The resulting crumbs worked perfectly for my avocado fries; hope this substitution can prove useful to you too!

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