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Five different types of crostini arranged on parchment paper with a knife and bowl of ricotta on either side

How to make crostini

Follow this step-by-step guide to make the perfect crostini every time! The little toasts are great as an appetizer and the topping possibilities are truly endless.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 175 kcal


  • 1 baguette
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or more as needed


Cut the crostini

  1. Start by using a serrated knife to cut the baguette into 1/2"-3/4" slices crosswise or on a bias. Slicing them on a bias provides more surface area for toppings.

Method 1: Bake the crostini

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet (you may need two). Brush both sides of the bread with extra virgin olive oil.

  3. Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes (or until golden brown), flipping about halfway through.

  4. Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly.

Method 2: Grill the crostini

  1. Brush the bread slices with extra virgin olive oil on both sides.

  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Once heated, add the slices to the pan, and grill for 2-4 minutes on each side, until grill marks form.

  3. Remove from the pan and let them cool slightly.

Method 3: Fry the crostini

  1. In a cast iron pan, heat 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat. Add the bread slices to the pan (working in batches). Sauté them on both sides (about 2-3 minutes per side).

  2. Remove from the pan and let them cool slightly.

Top with desired toppings

  1. Top the crostini with desired toppings, and serve immediately!

Recipe Notes

  • How to tell when they're ready: whether you're baking, grilling or frying them, the crostini should be lightly golden in color
  • When brushing the crostini, extra virgin olive oil is the best oil to use. It imparts a beautiful flavor.
  • Baguette is the classic bread for crostini, but sandwich rolls or ciabatta bread will work well too.
Nutrition Facts
How to make crostini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 256mg11%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.