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With a perfect blend of salty, savory, and crunchy yumminess, this homemade Everything But The Bagel Seasoning is just as tasty as the store-bought kind from Trader Joe’s. Made from scratch in mere minutes, this recipe for bagel seasoning spice blend is about to bring big flavor to your favorite meals without any fuss.

Overhead photo of everything bagel seasonings in a glass jar.

About this everything bagel seasoning recipe 

Everything seasoning for bagels has been a serious food trend for the past few years and it’s showing no signs of letting up. Its popularity doesn’t bother me one little bit — it’s seriously delicious and adds lots of savory flavor to everything it touches! 

Rather than buying a (generally overpriced) separate bottle at the store, I figured I should just raid my spice cabinet and make my own. Boy am I glad I did! 

Why you’ll love this topping

This simple everything bagel seasoning recipe isn’t just tasty. It also happens to be:

  • Made With Only 6 Ingredients – I’d bet you already have most of what you need on hand.
  • Quick & Easy – Measure, mix, and store — it’s literally that simple!
  • Meal-Prep Friendly – 5 minutes of prep time will keep you in EBB seasoning heaven for weeks to come.
  • Budget-Friendly – Spices should really only stay on the shelf for 6 months to a year before they start losing potency. Rather than buying a separate bottled spice blend, use up the stash you already have to save yourself some money!
  • Super Versatile – Not only can you riff on the recipe for EBTB seasonings, you can also add it to nearly any dish to make it a little tastier. Sprinkle some on smoked salmon or egg dishes, add a pop of flavor to steamed or roasted veggies, give your popcorn some pizzazz… the uses are endless. Read on below for even more ideas!

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What’s In Everything But The Bagel Seasoning? 

As promised, you only need a few spice cabinet staples to make your own delicious everything bagel seasoning. Here’s what to grab:

Ingredients in bagel seasoning

  • Dried Minced Onion – Those chunks of dried onion flakes add sweet allium complexity and a lovely bit of crunch.
  • Black & White Sesame Seeds – I love the two-toned color pop of using both types of sesame seeds, but you’re welcome to just use one or the other if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Caraway Seeds – Caraway is the prominent flavor in rye and has a distinctive anise-meets-citrus and pepper flavor that I can’t get enough of. If you bought a bottle for a random recipe at one point and have no idea what else to do with it, this everything bagel topping is a genius way to put it to good use.
    • Substitution: Fennel Seeds share some of caraway’s anise-flavored proclivities, making it a nice swap.
  • Dried Garlic – Dry minced garlic flakes adds a sweet allium flavor and gorgeous, chewy crunch.
    • Substitution: Garlic Powder is a fine substitute here. Just note that it isn’t a perfect replacement — you’ll get the yummy flavor, but miss out on the texture.
  • Flaky Sea Salt – Good salt makes all the difference here. You want the crispness from large flakes without being overly salty and a hint of minerality from the salt itself. I love using Maldon pyramids, but sel gris, fleur de sel, Jacobsen, or even kosher salt will do.


While I love this everything spice just the way it is written, feel free to zhuzh it up to your liking. Here are a few variations to consider:

Seasonings to add to your homemade blend

  • Dried Chives – For a touch of color and even more allium goodness. 
  • Poppy Seeds – These mildly nutty seeds add extra texture and color. Feel free to swap them in for black sesame seeds if you only have white!
  • Black Pepper – For a touch of heat and added crunch.
  • Salt-Free – If you’re on a salt-free diet, consider using dried lemon zest, crumbled seaweed, or a potassium chloride-based salt substitute in place of the salt.

Overhead photo of what's in everything bagel seasonings.

How to make everything bagel seasoning

Making this recipe for everything bagel seasonings at home is incredibly simple. Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Measure: Gather and measure all the bagel seasonings.
  2. Mix: Pour the everything spices into a small bowl. Use a fork or small whisk and stir the seasonings to combine. Taste the everything but bagel seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  3. Use or Store: Transfer your homemade everything spice blend to an airtight storage container. Store in a cool, dry, dark place, such as the pantry or a kitchen cabinet.

Tips for the best bagel spice blend

  • Check expiration dates: Double check your pantry spices, seasonings, and dry herbs for expiration dates before using them.
  • Start small: When using salt and more aggressively flavored seasonings, such as caraway seeds or fennel seeds, start with a small amount. You can always add more, but you can’t remove the spice once you add it to your seasoning blend.
  • Adjust to taste: Taste and adjust the everything bagel seasoning mix to suit your specific tastebuds before storing. That way it’s ready to go when you are. (Recipes in general are a guideline, not a rulebook.)
  • Store properly: To keep your everything spices fresher for a longer period of time, make sure you store them in an airtight container in a dark, cool place. A kitchen cabinet or pantry (with no windows) works best.

FAQs: everything seasoning for bagels

What is on an everything bagel?

The classic combo always includes sesame seeds, garlic, onion, and salt, but may also include other spices like fennel or caraway, chives, black pepper, or poppy seeds depending on where you get it.

What’s the best brand of everything but bagel seasoning?

The one you make at home, of course! 🤓

Why are they called “everything” spices?

According to baker David Gussin of Queens, the spice blend was borne of him cleaning out an oven and saving all the seeds and seasoning detritus from the day’s bagels. Rather than tossing it, he used the blend to add to a new flavor that he dubbed bagels with “everything.” 

Close-up photo of everything seasoning for bagels.

Serving everything but bagel seasoning

If you’ve ever wondered what everything seasonings are used for, the answer is FLAVORING EVERYTHING. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use this everything bagel seasoning recipe:

  • Homemade Bagels – Mimic the bagel seasonings from your favorite NYC bakery!
  • Avocado Toast – Add some textural interest and lots of flavor to your favorite breakfast toast.
  • Popcorn – Nearly any spice blend is a great way to add flavor to your popcorn, and this homemade mix is no exception.
  • Dip – My Everything Bagel Dip recipe is a true appetizer revelation. You can also just add some to yogurt, cream cheese, or butter for a tasty spread or schmear.
  • Salad – Next time you have a boring side salad that needs some pepping up, sprinkle on some everything spice!
  • Potatoes – This tasty everything bagel topping is pretty stellar on other carbs like potatoes, too. Try my potato salad to be converted.
  • Vegetables – Whether they’re steamed, sautéed, or roasted, this EBTB seasoning blend adds lots of flavor and crunchy texture to your veggies.
  • Pizza Crust – Everything spice isn’t limited to the bagel, try scattering everything spices around the edges of your pizza crust before baking.
  • Chicken – Give your boring chicken breast dinner a flavorful upgrade by dredging chicken in spices before roasting.

Storing everything seasoning  

  • Store your homemade everything but the bagel seasoning in an airtight jar or container in a cool dark place (like your spice cabinet!). This everything bagel seasoning recipe should last for 6 months to a year under proper conditions, but I have a feeling you’ll find plenty of ways to use it before then.

Overhead photo of bagel seasonings in a glass storage jar with a black tablespoon scoop.

Alright, friends! I’m not sure if you’ve herb me when I’ve said this in the past, but I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the best readers a gal could ask for. Honestly, you are my EVERYTHING and I cherish how you spice up my life on a daily basis. Until next time, I wish you happy hearts, full bellies, and plenty of thyme to do all the things you love.


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Everything Bagel Seasoning

Total Time: 5 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 tablespoons
With a perfect blend of salty, savory, and crunchy yumminess, this homemade Everything But The Bagel Seasoning is just as tasty as the store-bought kind from Trader Joe’s. Made from scratch in mere minutes, this bagel seasoning spice blend is about to bring big flavor to your favorite meals without any fuss.
Recipe can be scaled up or down by using the slider if you hover your mouse over the number of Servings.


  • 1 Airtight Storage Jar


  • 1 ½ TBS Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 TBS Poppy Seeds
  • 1 TBS White Sesame Seeds
  • 1 TBS Black Sesame Seeds
  • 2 tsp Caraway Seeds (substitution: Fennel Seeds)
  • 2 tsp Dried Minced Garlic (substitution: ½ tsp Garlic Powder)
  • ½-1 tsp Flaked Sea Salt or Coarse Sea Salt
  • Optional: 1 TBS Dried Chopped Chives


  • Measure: Gather and measure all the everything bagel spices.
  • Mix: Pour all the spices into a small bowl. Use a fork or small whisk and stir to thoroughly combine. Taste and adjust as necessary.
  • Store: Transfer your homemade everything seasoning to an airtight storage container. Store in a cool, dry, dark place, such as the pantry or a cabinet.


Nutritional information is an estimate based upon 6 servings. Exact information will depend upon the brands of ingredients and precise measurements used.


Calories: 33kcal    Carbohydrates: 3g    Protein: 1g    Fat: 2g    Saturated Fat: 0.3g    Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g    Monounsaturated Fat: 1g    Sodium: 195mg    Potassium: 65mg    Fiber: 1g    Sugar: 1g    Vitamin A: 3IU    Vitamin C: 1mg    Calcium: 56mg    Iron: 1mg

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