How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning – Have you tried it? This copycat Trader Joe’s seasoning is good on EVERYTHING!
I was a little late to the Everything Bagel Seasoning trend. For the last year or two, I’ve seen this Trader Joe’s seasoning mix popping up all over the place online. I was intrigued, but wasn’t ever really into everything bagels growing up and didn’t know what all the fuss was about. I asked on Instagram a few months ago, and it turns out people SWEAR by everything bagel seasoning! I had people say they put it on everything from eggs to potatoes, chicken to cottage cheese, and everything in between.
I gave into the hype and picked up my first jar during my last trek to Trader Joe’s and was totally converted after some of the best avocado toast of my life. This seasoning blend–made from garlic, onion, salt, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds–really is great on so many things. AND if you don’t live close to a Trader Joe’s, you can still totally make your own.
Here’s the easy-peasy method for DIY Copycat Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning and some of my favorite ways to use it.
It really is as simple as combining a few different seasonings and seeds. Once you’ve got your mix, you store it in a jar or airtight container and it’ll keep for several months. As for what to put it on… here are a few favorites:
- Avocado toast
- Poached, scrambled, or fried eggs
- Roasted potatoes
- Turkey sandwiches and lettuce wraps
- Grilled chicken
- Roasted veggies
- On top of hummus or veggie dip
It adds a nice note of flavor (and a little crunch!) to so many different dishes. It’s easy to play around and experiment with it!
Notes on DIY Everything Bagel Seasoning
Open Sesame. Trader Joe’s makes their blend look pretty by using a combination of black sesame seeds and white sesame seeds. Not every store stocks black sesame seeds, so you can totally order from Amazon or just swap in additional white sesame seeds. The taste won’t be noticeably different.
Don’t Try to Substitute Other Ingredients. Really. It just won’t work. You really do need to use the grated/dehydrated garlic flakes and onion flakes rather than granulated/ground. I’ve been able to find onion flakes at many different stores, but garlic was a little trickier to find. I wouldn’t recommend swapping in granulated garlic (garlic powder) or onion powders. They’ll fall straight to the bottom and be far too strong.
Go kosher or coarse. Similarly, you want nice big flakes of salt in this. My favorite is the Maldon brand big flaked sea salt, but I’ve also made it with coarse kosher salt and it was good, too.
Keep it Fresh. My batch makes much less than a full Trader Joe’s size jar. I prefer to keep my batches of seasoning blends on the small side so they’re always fresh. You can certainly double or triple this recipe if you want to make a bigger container full.
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- 1½ Tbsp sesame seeds
- 1½ tsp black sesame seeds
- 1 tsp onion flakes
- 1 tsp poppy seeds
- ½ tsp garlic flakes
- ½ tsp flaked salt (like Maldon brand. Can use kosher salt)
- Combine all seasonings in a small bowl or jar. Shake or stir to combine. Store in an airtight container up to 6 months.
- Try it on eggs, avocado, potatoes, veggies, hummus or veggie dip, chicken, and more!