How to make your own Panko breadcrumbs..

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Panko breadcrumbs are usually available in a box in the ‘ethnic’ aisle in the supermarket, but as we eat a hugely international selection of food these days, the ‘Ethnic’ aisle should almost be a thing of the past.

In any case, I’m way too mean to buy breadcrumbs in a box, when I can make them myself with bread from my local bakery. It’s like my crouton recipe which isn’t a recipe at all..

Let’s have a go, and then you can make my Matsu Chicken recipe..


  • A grater  – a food processor is good for this, especially if you’re making a large quantity.
  • a baking tray, or two
  • Something in which to store your Panko breadcrumbs


  • Crust-less bread – slightly stale. About 6 slices, all finely grated


  • Heat the oven to 160 Fan
  • Spread out the breadcrumbs onto the baking tray – roast for about 8 minutes.


  • Take the tray out of the oven and move the crumbs around, for even baking.
  • Return to the oven for another 5 minutes or so, until the crumbs are nicely tanned and very dry.


  • Allow the crumbs to cool completely on the baking tray.
  • Pack away in an air-tight container until you need them – they’ll be good for about 2 weeks, .


  • Your local baker might actually do bags of their own fresh bread crumbs, so always ask. I hate grating bread (or grating anything to be honest), so I’m delighted if I find a bag of reputable crumbs to save me the bother.
  • As you’re putting them away, make sure that the crumbs are very fine – break up any larger bits which might have  slipped through.
  • Of course you can freeze them too. If they’re frozen, just use them straight from the freezer – they don’t need to be defrosted.



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