This seed and spice blend is so easy to put together, and there are so many ways to use it.

By Laura Rege
April 02, 2021
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Whether you're an everything bagel fan or not, pretty much everyone agrees there is something irresistible about the seedy and garlicky seasoning mix that tops this classic variety. We certainly do, and we started making our own everything bagel seasoning and sprinkling it on, well everything—everything savory, that is. It's a fiery, seedy bite that adds umami to dishes, and it's so easy to make at home. That's right: You don't even need a recipe to make your own everything bagel seasoning; instead, follow our ratio below. Then, once you have a jar and find yourself hankering for more ways to use it, try some of our favorite ideas.

How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning

Everything bagel seasoning is as easy to make as it is to remember—just think in ratios of one and hit the dried spice aisle. Combine one tablespoon each of these ingredients: toasted sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, and flaky sea salt. Each component is shelf stable which means that the mix is, too. Store your homemade blend in an airtight container and it can last for up to three months.

If you just want a quick fix, check out our favorite pre-blended brand: Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend ($7.30, amazon.com).

homemade everything bagel season sprinkled on cream cheese
Credit: Aaron Dyer

How to Use Your Everything Bagel Seasoning

For starters, turn any flavor bagel easily into an everything bagel by sprinkling the seasoning over the cream cheese. Then, try it on other savory dishes to add that same garlicky onion bite and a seedy crunchy texture. What tastes best? We think creamy, cheesy, and buttery dishes complement this assertive blend especially well, but don't limit yourself to just that. It also goes great on the rim of glass for a bloody Mary or sprinkled atop homemade bread before baking it.

If you're in the mood for something cheesy, try including it as a topping on pizza. Another option is to roll the outside of a classic cheese ball in the mix, then serve it with crackers. For something a little more subtle, try mixing it into spinach and artichoke dip or any other cheesy dip you love. Last but not least, sneak it into the filling of a grilled cheese or a panini.

Then there's the butter route. Try warm the seasoning mix in butter, then pouring it over freshly popped popcorn. It's a movie snack you just can't turn down. We also love everything bagel seasoning scattered over rich egg dishes, like omelettes, or over fried eggs. For something even simpler, try mixing the seasoning blend into butter and spreading it onto bread or toast. You can also stir it into brown butter and toss with pasta.

When you want something creamy, you have two options: with and without dairy. To enjoy your everything bagel seasoning in a creamy, but non-dairy way, stir the seasoning into guacamole. Similarly, you can top a piece of avocado toast with this seedy blend. We also love the idea of making homemade avocado sushi rolls and rolling the rice in the mix or else finishing a bowl of hummus with a generous dusting of the blend.

As for dairy-based ideas, go ahead and serve the seasoning over wedge salads with a creamy ranch or blue cheese dressing—you won't be disappointed. It also works well as a garnish for creamy and buttery soups, like Butternut Squash Soup or potato. Lastly, try mixing the seasoning with mayonnaise and sour cream for a quick dip—add a touch of sriracha for color and heat.

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