Learn all about the best substitutes for panko breadcrumbs in this comprehensive guide! We’ll share the simple process to make the BEST panko breadcrumb substitutes and more ideas to ensure you’ve got your dinner needs covered.

When you’re ready to make dinner, and you’re out of breadcrumbs, what can you do? The answer is simple with all these options!

Don’t skip the crispy, crunchy deliciousness of recipes that request panko breadcrumbs – instead, replace them with a variety of wonderful options.

A panko substitute breadcrumb on a gold baking sheet lined with parchment paper
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We all know how it goes… you get a craving (or a fabulous idea) for one of your favorite dinners. You check the pantry, the fridge and the freezer for ingredients, and you’re missing one thing.

If it’s panko breadcrumbs that you’re missing, you’re in luck! These are fabulous ideas to help you with a panko substitute when you’re in a pinch.

We’re showing you the recipe to create two cups of substitute, but we’re also guiding you through a variety of ideas so you’ve got options. Who doesn’t love options?

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What are Panko Breadcrumbs?

Panko breadcrumbs are a very crunchy, textural crumb that is baked from crustless white bread. The white bread is processed into flakes, and then dried to create panko breadcrumbs.

They are a Japanese specialty, but used throughout the world for a deliciously crunchy bite in a variety of foods.

They make a crispy, airy topping that can help foods feel like they’ve got a fried coating – without all the grease. Of course, they can be fried as well.

A close up view of a panko breadcrumb substitute

Ingredients and Substitutions

Use any of the following options to create your own panko substitute – we used traditional club crackers for ours!

  • Crackers
  • Crushed Pretzels
  • White Bread (with Crust Removed)
  • Cereal
  • Crushed Potato Chips
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips
  • Dry Stuffing Mix
  • Corn Flakes
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Nuts
  • Matzo
  • Toasted Rice (gluten-free)

Variations

  • Add a tablespoon of Italian seasoning to the breading mixture if you don’t have seasoned bread crumbs.
Club crackers in and around a small food processor, on a marble countertop.

How to Make this Panko Substitute

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add 2 cups to food processor and pulse into crumbs. Club crackers in and around a small food processor, on a marble countertop.
  3. Spread a thin layer onto baking sheet so crumbs toast evenly. Bake 5-8 minutes or until lightly toasted. Use on your favorite recipes as directed. A pile of panko substitute crumbs on a gold baking sheet lined with parchment. An open oven, with a view of a gold baking sheet with a substitute for panko.

Tips

  • This is a great way to use stale loaves of bread, before they get moldy.
  • Parchment paper not only helps with easy clean-up, it also helps absorb any moisture and give you a crispier result.
  • The larger the baking sheet, the better! That way you can spread your panko substitute out on the sheet pan for the crispiest finish.
  • Avoid overbaking your panko substitute – whether it’s bread, crackers, nuts etc.
A panko substitute breadcrumb on a gold baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between panko and regular bread crumbs?

Regular breadcrumbs are crispy, but not as crispy as panko! Panko absorbs less moisture, making the finish even crunchier than other breadcrumbs.

Can you substitute panko crumbs for regular breadcrumbs?

Yes! In most any recipe that requests panko breadcrumbs, you can use traditional breadcrumbs instead. The results will be similar, though not quite as crispy.

A panko substitute breadcrumb on a gold baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Serving Suggestions

How do we use panko breadcrumbs in our cooking? Let me count the ways!

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – Store the panko substitute breadcrumbs at room temperature (in an airtight container) for up to two weeks.
  • Refrigerate – Store panko substitute in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.
  • Freeze – Freeze in an airtight container for up to three months.
A panko substitute breadcrumb on a gold baking sheet lined with parchment paper

More Substitutions and Guides

A panko substitute breadcrumb on a gold baking sheet lined with parchment paper
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Panko Substitutes

Learn all about the best substitutes for panko breadcrumbs in this comprehensive guide! We’ll share the simple process to make the BEST panko breadcrumb substitutes and more ideas to ensure you’ve got your dinner needs covered.
Prep: 3 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 8 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients  

  • 2 cups Crackers (See Substitutes in Notes for More Options)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add 2 cups to food processor and pulse into crumbs.
  • Spread a thin layer onto baking sheet so crumbs toast evenly. Bake 5-8 minutes or until lightly toasted. Use on your favorite recipes as directed.

Tips

More panko substitute options: 

  • Crackers
  • Crushed Pretzels
  • White Bread (with Crust Removed)
  • Cereal
  • Crushed Potato Chips
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips
  • Dry Stuffing Mix
  • Corn Flakes
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Nuts
  • Matzo
  • Toasted Rice (gluten-free)

Tips: 

  • This is a great way to use stale loaves of bread, before they get moldy.
  • The larger the baking sheet, the better! That way you can spread your panko substitute out on the sheet pan for the crispiest finish.
  • Avoid overbaking your panko substitute – whether it’s bread, crackers, nuts etc.
Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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