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Savoury Crumb Mix

Image of panko bread crumbs in a bowl with spoons next to it

I keep a variety of spice blends, pastes, and crumb mixes in my pantry to simplify the process of cooking dinner every night. Typically, we begin meal planning with a protein choice, which serves as the centrepiece of the dish. From there, we aim to create a meal that is both appealing to everyone in the family and quick and easy to prepare.

I prepare a jar of Panko bread crumbs that are seasoned with spices for quick use. Whenever I feel like having chicken fillets, fish or lamb chops, I often coat them in crumbs and cook them either in an air fryer or frypan. It’s a quick and hassle-free process, especially if you’ve seen my mayonnaise trick.

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One of the things that matters to me is the quality of the panko bread crumbs I use. I’ve found that some brands are better than others, and sometimes I make my own bread crumbs from leftover sourdough. It’s important to choose a good brand, and if you’re unsure, I recommend checking out this particular brand, as it’s one of the better ones.

A picture of a packet of Panko brand bread crumbs

What spices would I add to my Panko Breadcrumbs?

Gosh, where do you start? There are so many choices here, and I change mine from time to time. So let’s make a list of dried herbs and spices that work well together.

First, you can put salt, garlic and onion powder or granules in just about any mix. So you could start with these and then add some of the following;

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Bell pepper flakes
  • Chilli flakes
  • Fennel seed, great for fish
  • Paprika, sweet or smoky
  • Ginger
  • Basil
  • Black Pepper
  • Dried parsley
  • Oregano
  • Parmesan cheese (only add this to what you’re using right away)

Alternatively, you could use one of my blends to add to your breadcrumbs. How much to use? Add a cup of breadcrumbs to a jar and add around a tablespoon of a blend. This will give you a mild flavour. You can add more if you like, but it’s easier to add than remove. 😉

Mild Panko Crumb Mix

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This mild crumb mix is the perfect base that kids and adults will love. You can make this up as a base and adapt it to suit your needs.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Course Component
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 8
Method by hand


  • 100 g panko crumbs I used 1/2 a pack
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon flaked salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Weigh all ingredients into a jar pop on the lid and shake well.
  • Too easy hey.
  • You can do all sorts with this. Making it up like this it will provide a seasoned crumb mix that you can store in the pantry. Check the best before dates on the ingredients you've used and the one that expires first will tell you what date to pop on your jar.


Other things you could add to this are
  • dried parsley
  • dried oregano
  • chilli flakes
  • bell pepper flakes
  • rosemary
You could add grated parmesan to the mixture just before use. However, it is important to note that once fresh parmesan has been mixed in, the mixture cannot be stored in the pantry.  So just add it to the portion you’re going to use.

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