Homemade Panko Crumbs

Seems my list of goodies to find is never ending…  Panko Crumbs has been on the list since we were living in Mauritius!  Moving swiftly along, it seems Port Elizabeth doesn’t stock them either.  Fear not, as another trip was made to Johannesburg and the hunt of was on.  There is a Chinese store in walking distance from the folks house so off Mom and I went and guess what the first thing is that we saw on entering the store…yip, you guessed it, PANKO CRUMBS!  Now this is where the shocker came in, they were R60.00 for a mere 150g – you have got to be kidding me!  Plan B will have to be put into action – homemade it is.

I understand that true Panko Crumbs are made using a baked crustless white bread and certain raising something or another but I think my attempt was more than satisfactory.  The first thing I made were Panko prawns but alas never took a picture – sorry!  They were SCRUMPTIOUS!

Panko Crumbs


1 stale loaf government white bread


  1. Remove the crust from the entire loaf and discard or brush with olive oil, crushed garlic, parsley and salt and toast in the oven for a snack.
  2. Preheat the oven to 150°C.
  3. Cut the loaf into chunks and blitz in the food processesor or grate which is not as easy or quick.
  4. Spread the crumbs over a baking sheet (I divided the crumbs into 2 batches) and dry in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes.  Be careful not to brown or toast the crumbs.  You just want them dehydrated.
  5. Cool completely and store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.