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Bread Crumbs Substitutes

Bread crumbs is a key ingredient in many recipes that we all have around the kitchen. But, what happens if you are preparing a recipe and you find out there is nothing left but a few crumbs? After reading this post, you will never need to worry about it.

There are plenty of staples that can be easily crushed to achieve the crunchy texture (and sometimes even the flavour) of a store-bought breadcrumbs. Here we enlist the most popular bread crumbs substitutes.


Generally speaking we all have biscuits at home, and that is why crushed biscuits can be the perfect bread crumb substitute to get that crunchy taste. And there are so many kind of biscuits out there that you can explore with all of them to achieve different dimensions of flavors to your food.

Rolled oats

These are richer in fiber than traditional bread crumbs but you will notice a relevant lack flavor. You can pulverize the oats in a blender or food processor before using it and even add some more to the mix if you like finding whole pieces of oats in your recipe. You can also consider adding some dried herbs or seasoning to get some flavor.


The cereal is the classic choice for its texture and taste. Crush them entirely or leave small chunks to get an extra crunchy taste. Chicken breasts and chicken fingers coated with a crisp layer of cereals are two delicious recipes that you can try.

Potato chips

Forget about throwing out those little crispy crumbs of your potato chips packages. Those leftovers can make an awesome topping to achieve savory dishes. And they are already pre-seasoned, which means you do not have to add any more ingredients, and even less salt as they normally have plenty of it. You just worry about choosing the ideal flavor for your dish: either plain potato chips, salted or a whole world of different flavours that you can find in your local supermarket.


Like chips, these are quite salty. You just have to crush them until they’re finely crushed.


There type of biscuits work perfectly with meatballs and meatloaf, and you also have a wide range of them to choose from. So they make a quite versatile substitute of breadcrumbs.


Your favorite variety of nuts can also be a great alternative to bread crumbs: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, cashews, pecans, etc. But remember, only as a crunchy coating on something like a fish fillet or chicken breast.


Seeds are used by many haute cuisine restaurants to dress up veggies or meat plates that need to be coated in a fancy way. And there is a wide range of seeds to choose from: chia seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. They are also used together with breadcrumbs or any of the other alternatives in this post.

Sliced Bread

Sliced bread can also be an easy-to-make alternative that we usually have at home if you are running out of bread crumbs. You just have to toast some sliced breads and crush them.

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