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How to Make the Best Everything Bagel Seasoning

Enjoy a jar of everything bagel seasoning — whether you live by a Trader Joe’s or not! Just 6 ingredients and delicious on just about everything.

A small white bowl of everything bagel seasoning next to a jar of the Trader Joe's version. And a hard boiled egg with some of the seasoning sprinkled on the cut side.

Everything Bagel Seasoning is having a moment, isn’t it? 

What is Everything Bagel Seasoning?

Everything bagel seasoning is simply the seasoning that is used on everything bagels — you know the ones with all of the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic flakes and such?

Trader Joe’s started selling “Everything But the Bagel Seasoning” — essentially the seasoning you put on everything bagels, and it sort of exploded on the internet and appeared in other stores, too.

It’s brilliant, really. Luckily for those who are avoiding bagels and other carby/gluteny things you can have that same flavor on other things! 

After seeing all of those who didn’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby lament about not being able to get any EBS, I was determined to help you out. Yeah, Everything Bagel Seasoning has an acronym now. #arrived

After I figured out the best (modest, I am) Everything But the Bagel Seasoning Recipe, I was so excited to share this recipe with you! 

Why is this version the best version?

The key to making a good batch of is getting all of the components roughly the same size. Don’t make substitutions — like using granulated garlic or regular salt — or else it’ll all settle to the bottom and the flavor won’t be quite right.

(Believe me, I’ve tried.)

I’ll explain below.

Very small glass prep bowls containing all six ingredients for everything bagel seasoning -- white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sea salt flakes, dried minced onion, dried minced garlic.

Ingredients for Everything Bagel Seasoning

  • Dried Garlic Flakes — Like I mentioned, not granulated garlic or garlic salt. I often find these in the bulk spice section in the grocery store.
  • Dried Onion Flakes — Or dried minced onion, as they’re sometimes called. Again, don’t use onion powder here. 
  • Black Sesame Seeds — These are usually in the spice section, but I’ve often found more afforable, larger jars in the Asian section of a grocery store. Or at an Asian market. (Update: Since we moved to Boise, I’ve had a really hard time finding it in bulk. So instead of paying $6 for a 2-ounce jar, I got a 2-pound bag on Amazon for 12.99. Like I said — I take my EBS seriously.) If you don’t want to use black sesame seeds, then just add more white sesame seeds and the flavor will be about the same.
  • Regular Sesame Seeds — The white ones. I prefer to use the toasted sesame seeds here because it gives the blend a more pronounced sesame flavor.
  • Poppy Seeds — Pretty straightforward. Just use whatever you can find. Fresh ones are always better, so if your jar of poppy seeds is from the late 90s, you might need to replace it.
  • Flaked Sea Salt — NOT REGULAR SALT. Or even pink Himalayan salt. I feel like this deserves it’s own section. So scroll down. It’s worth it.
A box of Maldon sea salt flakes -- recommended for this recipe.

Sea salt flakes aren’t like other kinds of salt — they’re light and crispy and definitely not rock-like. And the flavor is so good.

I’m kind of a salt-snob now after bouncing from Kosher salt, to fine sea salt to Himalayan pink salt. I can’t even use regular table salt anymore — except for homemade play dough.

I highly recommend using Maldon sea salt. I got some coarse sea salt and it was like biting into little rocks. I found this at a regular (nicer) grocery store, and realized later it was cheaper on Amazon. *facepalm*

Also, if you happen to have a kid who likes to eat salt, I would hide this very well. Just saying. 

A bowl with the six ingredients for the recipe, but have not yet been mixed together.

Can you double or triple the Everything Bagel Seasoning?

This particular recipe makes a scant 3 Tablespoons, but you can double or triple it to fill a small mason jar. I added measurements for a pint jar and a quart jar in the recipe.

Yes, quart. I made a (mostly full) quart jar of this.

You’ll probably want to because once you start sprinkling, it’ll find its way on just about everything you eat. It’s one of my all-time favorite seasoning blends. 

If you’re a keto eater or eating gluten free or grain free, smearing a hard boiled egg with cream cheese and a sprinkle of this is heaven. Seriously.

A small bowl of everything bagel seasoning next to a jar of the Trader Joe's version.

How to Use Everything Bagel Seasoning

I’d love to tell you a dozen things I put this on, but I’m kind of a one or two trick pony.

90% of the time I put it on hard-cooked or scrambled eggs and eat them for breakfast. Or a snack. Here are a few other things to put it on:

No matter how many uses you have for it, it’s well worth making a little extra. 

Have you jumped on the everything bagel train? I’d love to see how you use it as I’m always looking for new ways myself!

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Everything Bagel Seasoning

Everything Bagel Seasoning

Yield: A scant 3 Tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Enjoy a jar of everything bagel seasoning -- whether you live by a Trader Joe's or not! Just 6 ingredients and delicious on just about everything.


To make about 3 Tablespoons:

  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes (Maldon recommended)
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

To make about 3/4 cup:

  • 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 4 teaspoons sea salt flakes
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds

To make about 3 cups

  • 1/2 cup + 3 Tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/2 cup dried minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup black sesame seeds
  • 5 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons poppy seeds


Combine everything thoroughly and store in an air-tight container at room temperature. Sprinkle on hard-boiled eggs, avocados, over salads, or anything else you wish!


  1. Don't make any ingredient substitutions that will change the texture of the ingredient -- like using granulated garlic instead of dried minced garlic. If the components aren't the same size and texture the mixture won't stay blended well and the taste will be off.
  2. I used toasted sesame seeds which gave the blend a slightly more pronounced sesame flavor. You can use either toasted or untoasted.
  3. If you don't want to buy black sesame seeds, you can substitute white sesame seeds and the flavor will be about the same.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 18 Serving Size 1/2 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving Calories 52Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 707mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 2g

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Sunday 3rd of December 2023

omg I love this. i bought a bottle for me and my sis from aldi but it was to salty so after I polished off my jar and most of hers(coulda been all) i thought let me find a recipe. so I make it without salt and use generously then crack a dash of salt on what I am eating. thanks for the large amount recipe.

Natalie Perry

Monday 18th of December 2023

I'm glad you could adapt it like that!


Sunday 13th of August 2023

Thanks ... plan to make a big batch and portion it out for Christmas gifts for my girls. I made a large batch for myself earlier this year that is good but your recipe looks even better. Look forward to making it.


Wednesday 9th of August 2023

I’m very sensitive to salt. Thank for a great recipe that I can adapt to my personal taste. Thank you to the person that noted that she uses no salt. Good to know it’s still great.


Friday 3rd of February 2023

AMAZING! Perfect for topping bagels & cream cheese. I left out the salt for my DH - and turns out that is just as tasty when sprinkled on bread dough & baked! Perfect with a pot of soup for a winter dinner.

Natalie Perry

Friday 17th of February 2023

Good to know! Thanks Penny!

Iris Wee

Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Hi Natalie, poppy seeds are not available in Singapore. Do you have any suggestions on what would make a good substitute. Thanks in advance.

Natalie Perry

Friday 17th of February 2023

I've seen people use caraway seeds in this blend, too. That might be a good substitution if you like caraway.

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