This 5-ingredient everything bagel seasoning takes less than 5 minutes to make. It tastes just like the store-bought stuff and stays fresh for months in your spice cabinet!
The Internet’s Favorite Seasoning
Everything bagel seasoning saw its rise in popularity a few years ago when it quickly became a staple in many homes (mine included!). If you’ve never tried it, it’s a simple seasoning made from seeds, dehydrated vegetables, and salt–essentially everything you’d see on an everything bagel, minus the bagel! It’s a low-calorie flavor booster that tastes great on pretty much anything.
This is super basic recipe, but I wanted to share my version simply because of how often I use it at home (especially on top of my sourdough bread, bagels, and sourdough crackers). It’s also super inexpensive to make at home and it has a long shelf life, so it’s great for making in bulk.
While I’m sharing a classic/traditional seasoning with you today, feel free to customize and adjust if needed (more garlic, anyone?). Some people even like to add dill to theirs, which I think sounds pretty tasty. You can even remove the salt if you need to reduce your sodium intake. That’s the beauty of making your own seasoning!
Why make it at home?
- SO easy and fast: Less than 5 minutes to stir together.
- Inexpensive: some stores charge $10+ per pre-made bottle!
- Scales easily: Doubles, triples, & quadruples without issue.
- Long lasting: Stays fresh for months!
What You Need
So, what is in this bagel seasoning? Well, a little bit of everything! Most, if not all, of these ingredients should already be in your spice cabinet. Here’s what you need:
- Dried minced onion. This can be found in the spice aisle of your grocery store. Make sure to use minced onion and not the granulated or powdered version.
- Salt. Use a larger salt, like flaky salt or coarse kosher salt. This helps the salt stay suspended in the seasoning instead of allowing it fall to the bottom.
- Poppy seeds. You might have some of these lying around if you’ve made lemon poppy seed muffins or scones. I love the contrast and texture they add to this seasoning!
- Dried minced garlic. Don’t use garlic powder; it’s too fine for this recipe. Stick with dried minced garlic, and feel free to add more if you like a lot of garlic (if you do, you’ll probably enjoy my garlic knots or garlic cheese drop biscuits too!).
- Sesame seeds. You can use white or black sesame seeds, or a blend of the two. Toasted sesame seeds would also be great here.
FUN FACT: The Everything Bagel, which this seasoning mix gets its name from, was created in the 1980s. It’s called “Everything” because it includes all the toppings found on other types of bagels.
Remember, this is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why. For the full recipe please scroll down to the bottom of the post!
How to Make It
- Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Pour into a sealed jar and store in a cool, dry place for several months.
- Enjoy on just about everything…ideas below!
SAM’S TIP: Make sure to store your seasoning in a sealed jar. Personally, I like these Weck 762 tulip jelly jars (affiliate link) from Amazon. They have tight-fitting lids and wide mouths for easy filling without a funnel.
Frequently Asked Questions
So many things! You can sprinkle it on scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, avocado toast, homemade bread, chicken, hummus, cucumber slices, garlic knots, popcorn, potato chips, mac and cheese, pizza, salads, crackers…I could keep going! Truly, this stuff is good on just about everything.
While there is some sodium in this seasoning, the seeds and veggies contain fiber, healthy fats, and vitamins/minerals. Plus, it’s big on flavor and small on calories.
So yes, there are some health benefits to this seasoning, as long as you don’t go too crazy with the salt!
There’s not much in this seasoning that can go bad besides the seeds. As a result, your seasoning will last for quite some time (more than a few months). The flavor is best when everything is fresh though, so don’t let it slip to the back of your spice cabinet and forget about it!
I’d love to hear your favorite way to use this seasoning…some people are so creative with it! Let me know in the comments below 😊
Let’s bake together! I’ll be walking you through all the steps in my written recipe and video below! If you try this recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram, and you can also find me on YouTube and Facebook
Everything Bagel Seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons poppyseeds
- 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 Tablespoon onion flakes/dried minced onion
- 1 Tablespoon garlic flakes/dried minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
- Combine all ingredients in a small dish.2 Tablespoons poppyseeds, 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds, 1 Tablespoon onion flakes/dried minced onion, 1 Tablespoon garlic flakes/dried minced garlic, 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
- Stir until well-combined. Use as desired.
StoringStore in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Will keep for several months, at least.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.