Learn how to make the best Everything Bagel Seasoning in this easy and delicious spice mix recipe. If you love using Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, I highly recommend you try my homemade version!
There are so many ways to use this great seasoning blend beyond spicing up plain bagels, too. From chicken tenders and french fries to veggie dips and avocado toast – we give you plenty of ideas!
The best part is you’ll spend less money than frequenting your local bagel shop or buying a bagel blend at your local grocery store when you make your own everything bagel seasoning.
Everything Bagel Seasoning
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- ¾ cup poppy seeds
- ¼ cup dried onion flakes
- ¼ cup dried minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons Sea salt flakes
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds - (optional)
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Small mixing bowl
- 16 ounce glass jar
- Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
- Transfer to a pint-sized mason jar for storage.
Nutrition Information Per Serving
By the Numbers: How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning Blend
Step 1: Measure Out Ingredients.
The first thing you’ll want to measure out your ingredients and add them to a mixing bowl. You’ll need: 1 cup of sesame seeds; ¾ cup of poppy seeds; ¼ cup of dried onion flakes; ¼ cup of dried garlic flakes; 3 tablespoons of flaked sea salt; and 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, if desired.
After you have all of your ingredients measured out, add them to a mixing bowl and stir until everything is really well combined.
Step 2: Transfer to a Mason Jar.
The final thing you want to do is transfer your homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning to a mason jar or other airtight container for storage. It’s now ready to use – keep reading for some ideas.
Tips & Ways to Use Everything Bagel Seasoning
1. Don’t Have All the Ingredients?
This is one seasoning blend where you don’t want to make a lot of substitutions. Be sure you’re using dehydrated minced garlic and onion – not garlic powder or onion powder.
You really want the texture you get from sea salt flakes in this recipe. You can use coarse pink salt or kosher salt if you don’t have access to flakes, but it’s not the same.
The only ingredient that it’s really totally okay to omit is the fennel. If you’re after a copycat Trader Joe recipe, you’ll want to omit that one anyways.
2. How to Use Everything Bagel Seasoning?
While it may not seem like it, this is an incredibly versatile blend. If you’re wondering what else to put this everything bagel spice blend on, here are some of my favorite ways to use it:
- Avocado toast
- Instant Pot Egg Bites
- Hard boiled eggs or potato salad
- Baked or mashed potatoes
- Cheese balls
- Instant Pot Chicken Breasts
- Cream cheese dip for veggies
- Gluten Free Meatloaf
- Homemade bread or everything bagels
- Soups like cauliflower and baked potato
- Sprinkled over French fries, popcorn or roasted veggies
- Coating for chicken tenders or nuggets
- Mixed into cottage cheese
3. Storing Homemade Spice Mixes
I always store my homemade spice mixes in quart or pint sized mason jars since we do buy spices in bulk, but any airtight container will work.
Be sure to store them in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight for optimal freshness and mark any relevant expiration dates on the jars for reference.
4. Difference between colors of sesame seeds?
White sesame seeds normally have the hulls removed whereas the hull is left on black sesame seeds. The hull gives black sesame seeds and earthier, nuttier taste than their counterparts.
While I prefer the simplicity of white sesame seeds in this recipe (and they’re the more traditional choice), either will work.
5. Best place to buy bulk spices?
I buy all of my spices in bulk because I make all of our seasoning blends from scratch. Starwest Botanicals has great prices on bulk spices, so that’s who I source most of my spices and seasonings from to make my own mixes.
6. Stocking your spice cabinet with homemade blends.
If you want to make more of your own seasoning blends using simple ingredients for your spice cabinet, these are popular choices:
7. Where to Buy Everything Bagel Seasoning?
If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy Everything Bagel Seasoning from Starwest Botanicals.