Shelf Life of
Bread Crumb Substitute

What is a Substitute for Bread Crumbs?

Bread Crumbs

Bread Crumbs

What can you substitute for Bread Crumbs? – a common question when you’d like to make meatballs, bread fish or top off a casserole and find your bread crumb container empty.

Just as there are many different uses for bread crumbs, there are many different things that you can substitute for bread crumbs depending on what type of recipe you are following. Some recipes will call for Panko, which is Japanese breadcrumbs that are solid white because they are made from bread without crusts. Panko fries up lighter and crispier than regular breadcrumbs.

So, whether you need a bread crumb substitute or a substitute for Panko the table below should be able to help you find a proper substitute for bread crumbs in your recipe.

Table of Bread Crumb Substitutes:

Product Amount Substitute
Bread Crumb substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup of Panko
*OR* 3 Cups of Corn Flakes – place in a sealed plastic bag and roll to fine crumbs with a rolling pin or place in your Cuisinart
food processor or dry grains blender will make 1 Cup of bread crumb substitute- this one works especially well as a topping for creamy casseroles like mac and cheese.
*OR* 2 rolls of Crackers – Ritz and Saltines both work very well, either seal in a plastic bag and roll out to crumbs or use a food processor. You may want to decrease the amount of salt called for in the recipe if the crackers are salty.
*OR* Homemade Bread Crumbs – place 3 Slices of Bread in a 300°F oven for about 20 minutes until dry and golden and then place them in a sealed plastic bag and roll to fine crumbs with a rolling pin or put in a food processor.
*OR* Stuffing mix – pulse Stovetop stuffing in a food processor or roll out in a plastic bag.
*OR* 3 Cups of Plain Cheerios, wheat flakes OR rice flakes rolled out or placed in a food processor.
*OR* 1 Cup Regular or Quick Oatmeal (not instant) ground if desired – this is a better substitute in meatballs than in fried foods.
*OR* 2 Cups Croutons – ground
Panko substitute Any Same amount of bread crumbs (or anything listed above).



But remember, when making a substitution for bread crumbs be sure to measure accurately for best results. Some bread crumb substitutes or Panko substitutes, may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished cake so beware of the other ingredients in your recipe.

For information on the shelf life of bread crumbs visit on webpage on how long do bread crumbs last.

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