Everything Bagel Seasoning Recipe

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This Everything Bagel Seasoning recipe is nutty, crunchy, garlicky, and simply delicious. It’s the simplest of things to throw together – six ingredients and five minutes – and the flavor is irresistible. No need to head to the store.

Making your own seasonings at home is easy and affordable. From homemade taco seasoning, to pumpkin pie spice mix and vanilla extract, we’ve got it all.

Wooden bowl with homemade everything bagel seasoning mix.
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What is Everything Bagel Mix

You’ve probably had “Everything” seasoning on a bagel, at least once or twice. It’s the best. 

The Trader Joe’s pre-made mix is great too. Sadly, we no longer live near one so I figured that I could create my own version for less money and with better flavor.

This Everything Bagel seasoning is done in a flash, and will add instant flavor to any dish you dress with it. Here are a few reasons why the recipe works so well,

  • It’s the most versatile seasoning. Use it as a seasoning, garnish, flavor enhancer, or topping. From breakfast eggs to sushi bowls, you can literally put it on everything.
  • Quick to make, and has a long shelf life. You only need to spend 5 minutes of your time twice a year, and you’re sorted. Since it has a shelf life of 6 months, you can make it in bulk and enjoy it all year round.  
  • Vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free. This seasoning is very allergy-friendly. Made with five seeds and salt, it doesn’t contain any dairy, flour, or nuts.

Love today’s seasoning? Be sure to make our easy, 4 ingredient everything bagel dip recipe using today’s homemade mix!

Ingredient Notes 

Ingredients needed to make homemade everything bagel seasoning.
  • White and Black Sesame Seeds – These are the backbone of the recipe. A mix of black and white sesame seeds makes the seasoning visually stunning. You can usually find them in the spice section. But the bigger and more economical packs are found in the Asian food aisle. You can also buy “tuxedo” sesame seeds, a blend of white and black sesame seeds.  
  • Poppy Seeds – They add a crunch. So make sure your jar of poppy seeds is fresh and crunchy, not stale and chewy.   
  • Dried Minced Onion – Or dried onion flakes add a lot of flavor and texture, so don’t replace it with onion powder. 
  • Dried Minced Garlic – You’ll find it in the spice section of the grocery store. Make sure you don’t confuse it with garlic salt or granulated garlic. 
  • Kosher Salt – Or coarse sea salt, NOT regular salt or Himalayan Pink Salt. The salt must be flaky and not rock-hard. This way, it compliments the texture of the other ingredients. 

Easy Instructions 

Pastry brush on a bagel with seasoning mix in a bowl.

The recipe is literally one step, and that is. Measure the ingredients an mix them in a bowl.


To make your plain bagels with seasoning mix, brush the tops with water then add a generous amount of seasoning to the top.

Plain bagels topped with homemade everything seasoning mix.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use DRIED onion and garlic. Make sure to use dried minced onion and garlic found in the spice aisle and not freshly minced ones.
  • Don’t use table salt. Instead, try a flaky or coarse salt. The larger granules help with both the texture and taste. If you use table salt, then it will settle at the bottom and disrupt the balance in flavors.
  • Don’t make substitutions. This seasoning is all about size and proportions, so try to avoid skipping ingredients or making any substitutions. All the ingredients are roughly the same size which helps them stay equally distributed for the best flavor. 
  • Toast the sesame seeds. To add a nuttier flavor to the seasoning, lightly toast the white sesame seeds before adding them to the mixture.
Bagel topped with cream cheese and everything seasoning mix.

Serving Suggestions 

As a garnish.

It can make a lot of dishes taste and look stunning. Sprinkle it on avocado toast, poke bowls, baked potatoes, salads, or pizzas.

As a seasoning.

The classic recipe where it all started: Bagels. Before they go in the oven, brush the bagels with water and dip them in the seasoning. Then bake. You can also sprinkle it on breakfast eggs, lettuce wraps, egg salad sandwiches, or cheese toast.

On baked goods.

Similar to bagels, you can put the seasoning on a lot of baked goods before they go in the oven, like homemade bread, Danish, flatbreads, dinner rolls, or hamburger buns. 

As a flavor enhancer.

Make our everything bagel dip or mix it in some softened butter, sour cream, or cream cheese. Then serve it along with some crudites, crackers, or chips. You can even smear it on a bagel or toast. 

Everything bagel mix in a bowl with bagels.

Recipe FAQs 

How do I store the Everything Bagel Seasoning?

Store the Everything Bagel Seasoning mix in an airtight container or jar. Keep it in a cool and dry place for up to 6 months.

Can I adjust the ingredient quantities?

If you want to match the flavor of store-bought Everything Bagel seasoning, I’d recommend sticking to the recipe. If not, you can play around with the proportions and skip ingredients you don’t like or add more of what you like.

Do I toast the sesame seeds or use them raw?

Both ways work. You can use raw sesame seeds if you like the seasoning’s texture to be slightly chewy. If you want a nuttier and crunchier texture, then lightly toast the sesame seeds before adding them to the seasoning.

Does this seasoning taste like the Trader Joe’s Everything But Bagel Seasoning Blend?

Yes, but only if you stick to the recipe. The best part is that you can make it taste better by adjusting the quantities of the ingredients to suit your personal taste. 

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By: Aimee
This Everything Bagel Seasoning recipe is nutty, crunchy, garlicky, and simply delicious. It’s the simplest of things to throw together – six ingredients and five minutes – and the flavor is irresistible. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 0.5 cup


  • 2 Tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt or coarse sea salt
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  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl.
  • Stir to combine.


  • Store seasoning mix in an airtight container, or jar, for up to 6 months.
  • Make sure to use DRIED minced onion and garlic found in the spice aisle (not freshly minced).
  • Do not use table salt. Use a coarse kosher salt or sea salt.
  • Black sesame seeds can often be found in Asian food aisle. Or, you may find “tuxedo” sesame seeds, which is a blend of white and black together (you’ll need a total of 3 Tablespoons).
  • Use on Bagels: brush plain bagel with water then sprinkle seasoning on the bagel.
  • More uses: Season butter/cream cheese with bagel seasoning mix. Sprinkle on eggs, avocado toast. Sprinkle over popcorn, hummus, and meats.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.


Serving: 1teaspoon, Calories: 13kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 0.5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Sodium: 195mg, Potassium: 25mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 0.2g, Vitamin A: 0.2IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Basics
Cuisine: American
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Posted on August 25, 2023

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