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Crispy breadcrumbs on a sheet pan with a spoon.

Golden Crispies (AKA Fabulous Breadcrumbs)

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


The most magnificent Golden Crispies for all the internet to enjoy! Panko breadcrumbs, crunchy fried onions, fresh herbs, and a bit of seasoning and these crunchy breadcrumbs are ready to grace just about any dish. 


Units Scale
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup crunchy fried onions, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
  2. Add the sage and rosemary sprigs to the oil. The leaves should sizzle once they hit the oil. Fry for 1-2 minutes. Then transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  3. Next, add the breadcrumbs to the skillet and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown and toasty. 
  4. Add the breadcrumbs to a bowl. Stir in the crunchy fried onions.
  5. Remove the rosemary leaves from the stem. Then, crumble the rosemary and sage with your fingers and add it to the breadcrumb mixture. 
  6. Add in the parsley, thyme, garlic powder and salt and give everything a stir.
  7. Sprinkle on pasta dishes, salads, soups, or any dish that could use a crispy, crunchy topping.


When testing this recipe, we originally made a version with homemade fried shallots instead of the pre-packaged crunchy fried onions (that’s what you’ll see in the photo, and that’s how Samin does it). If you’d like to fry your own shallots, thinly slice 4 shallots. Heat 1/2 cup oil in a skillet, and add the shallots to the oil. Fry the shallots until golden brown. We recommend doing this in 2 batches. Then, remove from the shallots with a slotted spoon and transfer to a sheet pan or plate lined with paper towel. For the final version we went with the store-bought onions because we thought it tasted just as good and took much less time.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade breadcrumbs, breadcrumb recipe, golden breadcrumbs