Breadcrumbs are a key ingredient in many recipes, whether binding meatloaf or meatballs, creating a crispy crust on cutlets or adding crunch to a casserole. But if you're all out of stale bread and breadcrumbs, other pantry options can be substituted.
In fact, there are plenty of alternatives to breadcrumbs, including gluten-free and more flavourful options, from rolled oats and crushed almonds to potato chips and crackers. Here's a closer look at the 10 best breadcrumb substitutes and how best to use them.
Rolled oats are the perfect gluten-free binding ingredient, replacing breadcrumbs in meatballs or meatloaf and many more recipes when you need to bind meat and eggs. Rolled oats are best not used as a coating agent as they tend to go soggy.
Crushed potato chips offer another gluten-free alternative. Go for salted if you want to keep the flavours tame, or take it up a gear experimenting with flavoured crisps. Great for adding extra crunch.
Delicate and ultra-crisp, sugar-free cornflakes also make a great breadcrumb or panko substitute, especially for coating chicken. Crush them with a rolling pin in a large plastic bag to turn them into crumbs.
Try using almond flour or almond meal for an altogether nuttier and coarser gluten-free alternative to breadcrumbs. This breadcrumb alternative is great for both binding and achieving a really crispy coating.
With so many choices for substituting classic breadcrumbs, allowing you to achieve different textures and flavours, from panko-like cornflake-coated chicken to almond flour which adds a nutty note to meatballs, try experimenting with your pick of breadcrumb substitutes.