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Panko breadcrumbs from white bread
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Homemade panko breadcrumbs

Here’s a recipe that only requires one loaf of white bread, although you can use soda crackers, oyster crackers, or melba toast instead. There are 2 ways to do it and here's how.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Bread Crumbs, Panko
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 1 batch
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $0.50


  • 1 loaf white bread


White bread panko with a grater

  • The first way is to grill your bread in the oven first. Make it a little bit crispy and then grate it later. Now you can use any type of white bread for this; it doesn't have to be square ones. Just put them on a baking sheet and then into the oven. You'll want to bake the white bread for around 12 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit (or 150 Celcius) in total, but you'll have to flip them over about halfway through. Then, just put them back in the oven for the remainder of the 12 minutes.
    Bake the white bread
  • Now you want to check that the center isn't soggy, but crispy throughout because you want to grate this bread. It won't be that easy if it's not crispy all the way through.
    Check the crispiness of the bread
  • After they're done, take them out and cut off the crusts; you won't be needing these. Now get out a grater with small holes. You can use any grater for this.
    Pick up one of the pieces of the bread and start scraping off the crispy exterior of the bread. Quite a bit comes off. Do the other pieces of bread as well.
    Cut off the crusts and grate the bread for the panko

White bread panko with a food processor

  • The second way is a lot easier but you have to have a food processor. Just put in the grater blade and start cutting off the crusts of your bread right away, so don't put them in the oven first. Then, take the pieces of bread and cut them all in half so they'll fit into the food processor.
    White bread panko in a food processor
  • Push the bread through the shredding disk to make coarse crumbs. You can add them all one by one. Then turn it off, open it up, and you have your shredded white bread.
    Put bread in the food processor
  • Spread the crumbs on a baking dish and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 – 8 minutes. Crumbs should be dry, but not toasted. Shake the sheet twice while baking.
    Spread the breadcrumbs onto a baking sheet
  • Remove the crumbs from the oven and let them cool. Then, pick up the panko and add them to a container.
    Add them to a container