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Everything Bagel Seasoning (Better than Trader Joes!)

This Everything Bagel Seasoning is perfect for you if you love a good bagel covered in poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, garlic, and salt. Better than store bought and made it at home with 5 simple ingredients and in less than a New York Minute!

Everything Bagel Seasoning spilling out of a wood bowl

What is Everything Bagel Seasoning?

My favorite bagel flavor is the “Everything” bagel. If you have never heard of an everything bagel, stop right now and go get one, then come back and keep reading.

It is also well-known that I love salt. I am a salt fiend! My husband thinks I need a salt lick tied around my neck because I like it so much.

He grew up not eating a lot of salt so I can see why he thinks I need professional help. Want to know the best way to cure a salt craving? An everything bagel.

A bagel with this seasoning always has the most salt (aside from the salt bagel, yes there is one) and is WAYYYYY better than those sweet flavored ones that might as well be called “mature doughnuts.”

It’s amazing because it has all the best flavors!

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labeled picture of bagel seasoning ingredients

It’s amazing how much flavor you can get from just a few simple ingredients. I bet you already have them in your pantry.

What is Everything Bagel Seasoning made of?

  • dried minced onion
  • dried minced garlic
  • kosher salt
  • poppy seeds
  • sesame seeds

Onion and Garlic – They are either called minced or dried. Just be sure to the ones that are actual pieces and not the powder version. The texture of the mix is just as important as the flavors!

Sesame Seeds – With regards to sesame seeds, you can buy them already toasted but they can be expensive. I buy mine in bulk and store them in the freezer until I am ready to use them and then just do a quick “dry toasting” in a pan before I add them.

A tip for getting sesame seeds cheaper, is to hit up the bakery section of your grocery store. I know a few people that work at Publix and the bakery will bag me up a few scoops for way less than the cost of a tiny spice jar. Some grocery stores will sell spices, flours, and nuts in bulk. Check out these sections too!

Salt – I would not recommend using table salt in this recipe. You want a larger flake or crystal-sized salt for the texture. My “go-to” is Kosher salt but feel free to use flaked sea salt or pretzel salt.

How to make Everything Bagel Seasoning

First: Combine the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, and onion in a small bowl. Add the salt and shake or stir to combine.

Second: Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 months. Enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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What is in Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning?

I’m sure you have heard of Trader Joe’s and their beloved Everything Bagel Seasoning before and I keep seeing fights break out over the last bottle of it when I am at the store.


Why go to all that trouble when you can just make your own and for a lot less money? What is in Trader Joe’s everything bagel seasoning that has everyone going crazy?

Once their brand became famous the craziness started catching on. You can now buy bagel seasoning blend at Walmart, Publix, Kroger, and even Amazon.

This Bagel Seasoning recipe has all the same ingredients yet mine doesn’t “fluctuate” as it mentions on their label. Even if there is a zombie apocalypse, my recipe will not vary.

I need that kind of stability in my life, don’t you?

jar of seasoning with black spoon

What do you do with Everything Bagel Seasoning?

Try this Bagel Seasoning not only on bagels but these too!

  • everything bagel dip
  • avocado toast
  • scrambled eggs
  • boiled egg
  • celery stalks or cucumber slices with cream cheese
  • popcorn
  • tomato slices
  • a BLT (my new fave way to eat it!)
  • hummus
  • guacamole
  • chicken, steak, pork, shrimp, and vegetables like baked potatoes
  • maybe add a little savory flavor to ice cream?!?
a bowl of everything bagel dip with chips

How long does it last?

If you store it in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place it will last for 4 months. But I usually use all of mine before then! You can freeze it as well. Just bring to room temperature before using.

You might not be able to find black sesame seeds at your local grocer but I have found them at Indian and Asian markets or of course online. Black sesame seeds are not required, I just like the color contrast!

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Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • The garlic and onion are sometimes called dehydrated garlic or onion flakes. Be sure to get the big garlic flakes or pieces and not the powder.
  • The sesame seeds do not need to be toasted, but I find the flavor to be much better when they are. You can buy them already toasted or toast them yourself.
  • Kosher salt is best but you can use flaky sea salt. Just be sure to have salt with texture. Not plain table salt.

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bowl of seasoning with tablespoon

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Everything Bagel Seasoning spilling out of a wood bowl

Everything Bagel Seasoning

Yield: 1/3 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Your favorite bagel topping of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, garlic, and kosher salt is within your grasp.  Make your own Everything Bagel Seasoning Mix at home with your own pantry spices!


  • 1/2 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons black and white sesame seeds (toasted)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper


  1. Mix everything together and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  2. Use as needed.


  • The garlic and onion are sometimes called dehydrated garlic or onion flakes. Be sure to get the big garlic flakes or pieces and not the powder.
  • The sesame seeds do not need to be toasted, but I find the flavor to be much better when they are. You can buy them already toasted or toast them yourself.
  • Kosher salt is best but you can use flaky sea salt. Just be sure to have salt with texture. Not plain table salt.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1058mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

collage of seasoning blends

Want more seasoning recipes? I have a delicious Steak Seasoning and French Fry Seasoning recipe. Check them out along with this amazing list of homemade spice mix recipes and tips and trick on how to store them.

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Wednesday 25th of May 2022

This took my avocado toast from blah to WOW! Perfect everything bagel seasoning recipe.


Monday 23rd of May 2022

This stuff is SO GOOD!! I put it on everything!!


Thursday 23rd of April 2020

I mix my everything seasoning into my bread dough and then put it on top of the egg wash. It's amazing.


Friday 24th of April 2020

great idea!

Beverly Kall

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

Thank you for this recipe! I am a T.J’s Everything But addict and my breakfast, every morning, was a Thomas’s Everything bagel with Sabra Garlic hummus and Everthing But topping. Alas, I was watching the weight creeping up and decided I needed to do something about it, so I switched from bagels to Quaker’s Low Salt brown rice cakes and am happy as a clam. 40 calories per rice cake and to me, just as delicious as the bagel.


Friday 24th of April 2020

great idea! I love my bagels in the am too!


Friday 21st of June 2019

I used to get loaded bagels but with raisins, cranberries and other fruits. Do you have a recipe for them?


Monday 24th of June 2019

Check out this one Carlyle:


Monday 24th of June 2019

Unfortunately, I can't make bagels as good as the ones I found in NYC so I don't even try. Sorry.

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