Tuesday, February 7, 2023

How to Make Homemade Panko Bread Crumbs

Learn how to make homemade panko breadcrumbs and how to use panko breadcrumbs.  We love using panko to coat fish and chicken.  Making your own saves you money and reduces food waste.

Panko Breadcrumbs Recipe

My kids love coated fish and chicken, so we use a lot of coatings.  We always make our own coatings, and now I make my own breadcrumbs and panko breadcrumbs.

I love that this tastes better and it reduces food waste.  I collect stale bread in a bag in the freezer and then make homemade panko breadcrumbs when I need it.

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Why Is Panko called Panko?

Panko initially came from Japan and its name is derived from the Japanese word for bread (pan) and the word for small pieces (ko).

Since its creation, it has become increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional bread crumbs, and many people are learning how to make homemade panko bread crumbs.

What Is Panko Made Of?

Panko is made using bread crumbs as well as seasonings of your choosing. The recipe below includes some of my preferred toppings. 

Overall, these homemade seasoned panko bread crumbs are a super simple recipe to make, and taste great! 

What Is The Difference Between Bread Crumbs And Panko?

There are a few differences when learning to distinguish panko vs breadcrumbs. Fundamentally, the biggest difference between panko vs breadcrumbs is that Panko is made using bread without crust. 

As part of the recipe, you will remove the crust from your bread before preparing and baking it to make Panko. This is why it is important to differentiate panko vs breadcrumbs as the recipes for both are different from each other. 

If you want to make breadcrumbs, learn how to make breadcrumbs from bread.

Does Panko Need To Be Seasoned

Technically, homemade panko breadcrumbs do not need to be seasoned. However, I still recommend seasoning it to enhance the flavor. 

You could always leave it unseasoned and season the Panko separately before each use so you can adjust the flavor of the bread crumbs for each dish. 

Here are some seasoning ideas:

  • Combine thyme, basil, and black pepper to taste.  
  • Add dry ranch seasoning to taste.
  • Add taco seasoning to taste.
  • Add Italian seasoning.

Why Is Panko So Crispy?

Due to the use of crustless bread, as well as the special recipe, Panko is a lot more light and airy than bread crumbs. Panko absorbs less oil, meaning that the food is often a lot crisper and cruncher as well.

What Can I Use If I Don’t Have Panko Bread Crumbs?

If you do not have any Panko on hand, you can make some homemade panko breadcrumbs using bread and some herbs and spices that you probably already have available in your kitchen. This means that you don’t have to worry about rushing out to the store to get some.

Can You Make Panko Bread Crumbs?

Yes, you can make Panko bread crumbs, and they are easy to make. All it takes is a few ingredients and you will be able to make your own Panko bread crumbs right at home. 

How Do You Make Panko Without A Food Processor?

If you have the patience, you can make Panko without using a food processor. To do this, you will either want to tear up the bread before baking it, or smash the baked bread with meat tenderizer or another blunt object.

I recommend placing your baked bread into a ziploc bag and hitting it with a meat tenderizer or a rolling pin in order to break it into tiny crumbs for baking. 

How To Use Panko Breadcrumbs

Learning how to use Panko breadcrumbs is important, as it can be used in all sorts of recipes. They are most often used as a coating for fried foods, such as chicken, cheese, vegetables, and other such dishes. 

You can also use it as a topping for foods such as pasta and even salads. There are so many things that you can do when you learn how to use panko breadcrumbs, and now it is super easy to make at home so you always have some available. 

How Do You Get Panko To Stick?

In order to use your Panko effectively and get the most of learning how to make panko bread crumbs, it is important to ensure that it will stick to whatever you are cooking. To do this, it is often recommended that, after drying your food, you use flour and eggs.

First, dredge the food into the flour and then dip it into eggs that have been beaten. Then, coat the food with your Panko and allow the food to chill for a while before cooking it. 

Panko Bread Crumbs Ingredients

Learning how to make Panko bread crumbs is super easy, as there are not many panko bread crumbs ingredients that you will need. This is why so many people are learning to make their own Panko, as it only takes four common ingredients. 

Following are the panko bread crumbs ingredients that you will need:

  • 3-4 slices of white/wheat bread
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried herbs or to taste

How To Make Homemade Panko Bread Crumbs

Here it is, a panko bread crumbs recipe to help you learn how to make Panko bread crumbs. This panko breadcrumbs recipe is super easy and does not require many ingredients at all. Learning how to make Panko bread crumbs is getting very popular to do for this reason.

Step One

To start, remove the crust from each slice of bread.

Step Two

Then, separate the slices of bread with your hands and put it into a bowl.

Step Three

Add in your spices, salt, and herbs and then mix it all together.

Step Four

Now, break the slices into smaller pieces and put them into a blender.

Step Four

Cover your blender and grind up the bread using medium speed in five to ten second pulses. After about forty to gift seconds the crumbs should be ready.

Step Five

Now, place the crumbs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake the crumbs in the oven for four to five minutes at 300 degrees F.

Step 6 

For a golden coloring, bake the crumbs just a little while longer. Further, the toasting time for larger crumbs is still the same.

Make sure you check on the crumbs regularly and don’t deviate from the recipe, especially if you want light crumbs instead of golden crumbs. 

Step 7

Once the crumbs are to your liking, let cook and transfer them to a sealable container for storage. 

Now you know how to make panko breadcrumbs!  I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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