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How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning

How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning -- a knock off of the Trader Joe's version! It's so easy to make and once you start sprinkling, you won't be able to stop! | perrysplate.com

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.

How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning -- a knock off of the Trader Joe's version! It's so easy to make and once you start sprinkling, you won't be able to stop! | perrysplate.com

What’s in 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.

How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning -- a knock off of the Trader Joe's version! It's so easy to make and once you start sprinkling, you won't be able to stop! | perrysplate.com

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. 

How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning -- a knock off of the Trader Joe's version! It's so easy to make and once you start sprinkling, you won't be able to stop! | perrysplate.com

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.

How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning -- a knock off of the Trader Joe's version! It's so easy to make and once you start sprinkling, you won't be able to stop! | perrysplate.com

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:

  • Avocados (Seriously, so good. And if avocado toast is your thing, prepare for nirvana after a sprinkle of this on top.)
  • Salads (It’s amazing how just a little sprinkle can add so much flavor! I use it in my 5-minute Breakfast Salad.)
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Lettuce Wraps & Sandwiches
  • Popcorn
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Sushi Bowls (I LOVE it on a California Roll Sushi Bowl!)
  • Popcorn
  • Pizza crust (Sprinkle some around the edge of the crust before you bake. It’s killer.)

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!

DIY Everything Bagel Seasoning

DIY Everything Bagel Seasoning

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

Whip up this tasty and versatile seasoning -- whether you live by a Trader Joe's or not!

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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!

Notes

Nat's Notes:

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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Laura

Friday 21st of May 2021

Hi Natalie I can’t thank you enough for this fantastic Recipe. I have been trying to do a EBS seasoning and it’s never been spot on till now !! Thanks to you ! I live in England and we can’t get Trader joes and it’s triple the price on Amazon so I am so happy and grateful I am totally addicted to making this and have it on salads crackers and soft cheese in fact nearly everything Yours is the best mix and we all love it Kindest Regards Laura x

Natalie Perry

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

That makes me so happy! EBS for everyone!!

Dana

Monday 3rd of May 2021

Thank you! You made this so easy to shop for and gave such clear rationale behind the recipe. I didn’t swap a thing, and the flavors are amazing with just the right amount of crunch. Made the 3 cup version for about $9 - now I can go crazy without rationing every sprinkle! Bravo on your recipe and thanks for sharing.

Natalie Perry

Monday 10th of May 2021

You're so welcome! Go crazy!

Stéphanie

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

Thank you for your recipe. I live in Brazil, and around herde poppy seeds are not easy to find, and they are really expensive. Your ratio of it is perfect for the amount I have home right now. So I’m really grateful that I’ll be able to taste this spice mix. Xoxo

Natalie Perry

Monday 10th of May 2021

I'm so happy you were able to make it!

Shannon

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Any suggestions for a sesame seed replacement? I was thinking flax seeds maybe. I'm sadly allergic to sesame but love the gluten free/allergen friendly everything bagels I buy. Thanks!

Natalie Perry

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Hmm... You could use flax seeds, but I'd use about half as much so it doesn't overpower the blend. Let me know if you try that and how it turns out!

Msmoo

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Made this today , could only find dried onion flakes, and sliced dried garlic, so ground in mortal and pestle until "fine" enough for recipe. I found the mini food processor too harsh, and was starting to turn some garlic to powder. Haven't tried the original, but friends at work rave about it. Will get them to taste test!

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