Are you a member of the cult of Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning blend? Look on Instagram and Pinterest and you’ll quickly realize that people go crazy for it (there’s even a pic of a woman with the seasoning glued to her manicure—).

Sold by TJ’s (though it’s very easy to make at home), this blend of the toppings you’d usually find on an everything bagel—sesame seeds, dried minced garlic and onion, poppy seeds, and a hearty dose of sea salt—is salty and umami-rich and, frankly, hard not to like. Still, if you’re not yet a believer, or if you just bought your first bottle, you might be wondering what to do with it. The answer is, of course, do everything with it. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

A pat of compound butter made with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning (or your homemade version) is great atop a perfectly cooked steak.

Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Alex Brannian, Food Styling by Rhoda Boone

1. Make a Compound Butter

Stir the seasoning blend into room-temperature butter to make a flavorful topper for your grilled steaks this summer. Or use it to top grilled or roasted vegetables. Or slather it on toast or a biscuit.

2. Put It Around the Rim of Your Bloody Mary

Like salting the rim of your Bloody Mary, but better. Alternatively, you could simply sprinkle the mixture into the drink itself.

3. Put it on Popcorn

Garlicky, slightly nutty, onion-y bagel seasoning needs to be added to your arsenal of easy flavoring solutions for popcorn—right alongside nutritional yeast, furikake, and cheese powder.

4. Use it as a Topper for Store-Bought Hummus

Topping store-bought hummus with extra stuff so it looks fancy and beautiful is the ultimate party hack. You may have tried crispy chickpeas, or za’atar, or curry powder, or fresh herbs. Now try Everything Bagel Seasoning!

5. Put it on a Salad

This will work on nearly any salad for an extra pop of savory, salty flavor, but it would be perfect on a smoked salmon salad, since that plays off of the bagel-and-lox flavor combo you already know and love.

6. Stir It Into a Waffle Batter

This wild idea comes from my colleague Joe. He suggests making a savory waffle with this seasoning stirred in. And topping the whole thing with a fried egg, of course.

7. Sprinkle It on These Kebabs

These soy-basted chicken kebabs are topped with a citrus and sesame sprinkle. Instead of the citrus and sesame, try everything bagel seasoning. Of course you can sprinkle it on a simple roast chicken as well, or on short ribs, or steak. It’ll add savory flavor to any simple grilled or roasted meat.

8. Use It as a Topper for a Sweet Potato

“I’ve been on a kick of sprinkling it on roasted sweet potatoes,” says my coworker Zoe Sessums. “It makes for a nice sweet and salty combo. I often add a fried egg to that pile too.” This sounds like a great idea for a breakfast carb that has bagel-y flavors, but is a little healthier.

Over 100 Ways to Use Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning Blend  

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If you have not yet experienced the seasoning glory that is Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend, I need you to run, not walk, to your nearest TJ location and grab a bottle. The blend has easily become my go-to seasonings that adds that perfect finishing touch to a slew of different dishes. Quite literally, I put that sh— on everything. It automatically gives almost any food item that you dust it with a trendy upgrade—with little to no effort on your end. With a dash of Everything blend you get crunch, salt, toasty pungent bits and nutty notes in one bite.

This game-changing seasoning blend mimics the toppings that are featured on the classic everything bagel. The blend consists of sesame seeds (white and black), sea salt flakes, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, and poppy seeds. The 2.3-ounce bottle only costs 2 bucks, so even if you use it up within a week, it won’t break the bank to go back for more. Of course, you can also just make your own version of the seasoning at home, but some of us just enjoy having a reason to go to Trader Joe’s.

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Upon reflecting on the immerse value of Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend, I felt compelled to jot down a list of all the ways it can and should be utilized. And because the Everything blend is beloved by most everyone, I enlisted help from a handful of colleagues to curate this legendary list of food items that are made epically better with the seasoning.

WATCH: Everything Bagel Popovers

Here is a lengthy (and slightly obnoxious) list of all the the things that you can sprinkle your TJ’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend on or mix it into in order to live your best life. I want to make sure there are no doubts left in your mind that this seasoning blend is a must-have addition to your pantry. In fact, let’s just go ahead and deem the Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend a pantry staple. Just be sure to check your teeth after every Everything-seasoned experience. Now, without further adieu, here are the top 100+ foods we believe would benefit from the addition of a little bit of Everything.


A plain Avocado half

Avocado toast

Baked mac and cheese

Basically any kind of savory dip

Breakfast hash

Bagel Casserole

Breakfast casserole, in general


Burger buns



Candied bacon

Cheese balls or spreads featuring any of the following:

  • blue cheese
  • Camembert cheese
  • cottage cheese
  • cream cheese
  • feta cheese
  • goat cheese (or just roll a log in the stuff and call it a day)
  • ricotta cheese

Charred shishito peppers

Cheese straws

Chicken salad



Cole slaw


Corn on the cob

Crab cakes

Crusted chicken tenders

Dinner rolls

Every form of eggs you can think of:

  • boiled eggs
  • deviled eggs
  • egg in a hole
  • fried eggs
  • frittatas
  • omelets
  • poached eggs
  • quiche
  • scrambled eggs
  • shakshuka

Flatbreads (brush with oil, sprinkle seasoning, and toast)

  • Pita
  • Tortilla
  • naan

French toast

Fried rice

Grains (quinoa, barley, farro, etc.)

Green salads

Grilled or baked chicken



Homemade salad dressing

Homemade snack crackers


Jalapeno poppers (used in the filling)

Lavash crackers



Olive oil



Philly cheesesteak


Pigs in a blanket

Pizza crust and actual pizza

Poke bowl



Potatoes (baked, mashed, roasted, or casserole form)

Potato salad

Pretty much any toast (radish toast, ricotta toast, etc.)




Salmon (obviously)

  • Baked salmon
  • Grilled salmon
  • Lox
  • Salmon cakes
  • Smoked salmon
  • Smoked-Salmon Summer Rolls

Savory granola

Savory muffins

Savory oatmeal

Savory shortbread cookies

Savory-sweet brittle


Soft pretzels


  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Creamy Leek and Parsnip Soup
  • Potato Soup
  • Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • split pea soup
  • tomato soup

Spinach dip

Stir fry

Sushi rolls

Sushi cups

Sushi pizza


Trail mix

Tuna steaks

Tuna salad

Vegetables (Roasted, sauteed, steamed, and grilled), especially:

  • asparagus
  • Brussel sprouts
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • butternut squash

Vegetable chips


7 Ways to Use Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning Besides On Avocado Toast


Every person you know (or follow on Instagram) has probably raved about the Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend. So much so that you couldn’t help but throw a jar into your last TJ’s haul. Sure, you’ve already discovered it’s a game-changer for avocado toast and eggs. But wait, there’s more.

Trader Joe’s Instagram fandom, and the #EBTB and #EverythingButtheBagelSeasoning hashtags, are about to change your life yet again with the realization that it can be used on so. much. more. than toast. (Related: 30 Awesome Avocado Toast Recipes.)

Mimicking the flavor of a classic everything bagel, the blend contains sesame seeds (white and black), sea salt flakes, dried garlic, dried onion, and poppy seeds. Simple, right? The best part is a jar only costs two bucks. (Related: You Can Now Buy Canned Sparkling Wine at Trader Joe’s for Just $4)

Get ready to sprinkle Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning on, well, everything.

On Tacos

Yep, even Taco Tuesday isn’t immune to a sprinkle of the everything spice blend. If you aren’t already following @everything_but_the_bagel start ASAP as she proves the seasoning goes with literally everything.

On Keto Hot Pockets

This keto diet-friendly hot pocket is made with Parmesan cheese and almond flour with a crust that’s dusted with everything seasoning. For other low carb alternatives from the grocery store, there’s also Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi, Rice, and Pizza Crust.

On Grilled Chicken

The world’s easiest chicken recipe—raw chicken is coated with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning (and any other spices you desire), then baked or pan-fried. The dish is simple for a weeknight dinner or Sunday meal prep, but the flavors punch it up when you’re feeling uninspired in the kitchen. (Related: Trader Joe’s Sells a Halo Top Dupe That’s 1/3 the Price and Double the Protein)

On Gluten-Free Bread

A gluten-free bread that tastes like an everything bagel? BRB, running to Trader Joe’s for this ingredients list STAT.

On Roasted Chickpeas

Adding spices to beans and legumes is a great way to incorporate plant-based protein while avoiding what @mymillennialkitchen calls bean burnout. Sprinkle Everything But the Bagel chickpeas on salads, soups, toasts, or eat them on their own as a snack. (Psst… Trader Joe’s is Now Selling Everything But the Bagel Dip.)

On Pizza Crust

A sprinkle of Everything But the Bagel Seasoning takes regular ol’ pizza crust from plain to exciting. This unique combo of arugula, goat cheese, black olives, and sun-dried tomatoes is not to be missed, but the crust can be mixed and matched with any toppings you’d like.

On Savory Oats

The seasoning goes back to its breakfast roots with this savory oatmeal bowl. This bowl of miso-soaked steel-cut oats and veggies mix well with fresh green onions to give the sesame seasoning blend an Asian food flair.

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You Have To Try Trader Joe’s New Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning

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Your morning bagel is about to get an upgrade. No longer will you need to go to your local bagel shop to get the perfect seed and spice combo that comes with enjoying an everything bagel. Now, thanks to Trader Joe’s you can get the salty, garlicky blend of flavors anytime you want (and put it on anything you want, too).

Trader Joe’s, the grocery store famous for its genius products at affordable prices (hello cookie butter!), just announced that it’s now selling its own concoction of the spices that make these bagels taste so delicious. It’s appropriately called Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend, which you can find in the spice aisle.

RELATED: Top 10 Wines at Trader Joe’s

The blend includes sesame seeds (white and black), poppy seeds, sea salt flakes, dried garlic, and dried onions. Use it to season your cream cheese, if you’re stuck with a plain bagel. But don’t just stop there—the retailer recommends putting it on just about anything. On its website, it advertises the blend as “all you need for bringing that crunchy, roasted, savory flavor to grilled chicken, buttered popcorn, baked potatoes, creamy dips, pizza dough, salad dressings, pasta, mac & cheese, or panko-breaded anything.” We could see it getting heavy rotation in your spice rack.

The best part? The 2.3 ounce glass shaker isn’t immune to Trader Joe’s ridiculously great prices. You can pick up at your local store for just $1.99.

RELATED: 14 Trader Joe’s Items That Will Basically Change Your Life

Sound like something you need to have? Act fast. If the Instagram comments on a fan account for the grocery store are any indication, this stuff is going to go fast.

This article originally appeared on Real Simple.

50 Ideas for Using Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

Sometimes, the grocery gods give us a solution to a problem we didn’t even know we had.

Enter Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning. This blend is a divine mixture of black and white sesame seeds, dried minced garlic and onion, sea salt flakes and poppy seeds. The concoction’s salty, savory flavors are reminiscent of your favorite bagel variety but jive with a lot more than the crusts of white bread.

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Pictured Recipe: Cauliflower Everything Bagels

In fact, Everything but the Bagel has such mass appeal that it has garnered a cult-like following on social media (read: nearly 32,000 dedicated posts on Instagram).

EBTB’s just the thing for elevating eggs, roasted veggies, any Panko-crusted protein, flat breads and more. It’ll also add a satisfying subtle crunch to soft foods like avocado or creamy dips and dressings. It is, for lack of a better word, everything.

Look for Everything But the Bagel in a 2.3-ounce bottle in the spice aisle at Trader Joe’s for $1.99. Then, turn to this list of our 50 favorite ways to use it for endless inspiration.

Try These: Healthy Bagel Recipes

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Pictured Recipe: Chickpea & Potato Hash

1. Hash Browns
Bagels aren’t the only breakfast food that pair well with garlic, onion, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. The seasoning will make your next batch of crispy potatoes sing.

2. Grilled Salmon
For a four-ingredient dinner in under 10 minutes, drizzle salmon fillets with olive oil, lemon juice and a generous amount of Everything But the Bagel before tossing on the grill.

3. Shakshuka
This single-skillet Middle Eastern breakfast dish combines tomato sauce, poached eggs, onions and spices like chili pepper, cumin and paprika. Everything but the Bagel will marry its bright, spicy flavors and add a little extra crunch, too.

4. Butternut Squash Soup
The nutty, garlicky bagel spice blend needs to be added to your arsenal of fast flavoring ideas for easy weeknight soup recipes, like butternut squash or zucchini basil.

Try These: Healthy Butternut Squash Soup Recipes

5. Cornbread
Traditionalists can add a dash to cornbread batter before baking; adventurous eaters can add a layer of jalapeño cream cheese and then sprinkle EBTB over the top when it’s finished cooking.

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Pictured Recipe: Everything Bagel Avocado Toast

6. Avocado Toast
Avocado and Everything But the Bagel are a perfect pair. Get your fix by following this easy recipe for Everything Bagel Avocado Toast (it takes five minutes flat). For extra protein, add a sunny side up egg on top.

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Pictured recipe: Homemade Chicken Tenders with Everything Bagel Seasoning over Salad

7. Breaded Chicken Tenders
Here’s a way to take homemade chicken tenders up a notch: Bread chicken strips with a mixture of Panko and Everything But the Bagel before crisping them up in the oven or air fryer. Dip in honey mustard or marinara, or finish with a simple squeeze of lemon juice.

8. Cauliflower Rice
TJ’s seasoning will add a delicious dose of crunchy umami flavor to your next cauliflower rice bowl. Pair with stir-fried veggies, tofu and peanut-ginger sauce.

9. Shortbread
Shake things up at your next cookie swap by sprinkling shortbread cookie dough with Everything But the Bagel before they go in the oven. The salty, savory sables will be a welcome departure from other overly-sugary options.

10. Grits
Plain or cheesy grits spiked with a bit of this seasoning makes a killer side for fish sandwiches or grilled shrimp. They’ll also work as a breakfast in their own right.

11. Pesto Zoodles
Pesto and Everything But the Bagel are a match made in garlicky, nutty heaven. Swirl into pesto sauce before mixing with spiralized zucchini noodles, or sprinkle on top with extra Parm.

Related: The Best Spiralizer for Making Vegetable Noodles

12. Biscuits
Browned, buttery biscuits are the perfect base for Everything But the Bagel. Just make sure to use unsalted butter if you’re making them from scratch.

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Pictured Recipe: Pumpkin Seeds with Everything Bagel Seasoning

13. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Give this fall favorite a makeover with a hit of the salty spice. Find our super simple recipe here.

14. Overnight Oats
For a savory breakfast idea, swirl bagel seasoning into overnight oats. The coarse texture of the blend adds an extra crunch to the creamy oatmeal and is a welcome departure from basic brown sugar or blueberries.

15. Smoked Salmon Salad
Play off the classic bagel-and-lox pairing by topping a spinach or romaine salad with EBTB and slices of smoked salmon. Add avocado, cucumber, fresh tomatoes and creamy dill dressing.

16. Pizza Crust
Take pizza to the next level with a hit of the salty, garlicky goodness that is TJ’s seasoning. It works especially well on breakfast pizza or any white pie.

17. Chili
Whip up a batch of vegetarian chili in your Instant Pot and top with shredded cheese, Greek yogurt or sour cream and a generous dash of Everything But the Bagel for a simple game day dish. Double the recipe and freeze if you like to meal prep for busy weeknights ahead.

18. Coleslaw
This one has “unbeatable summer side” written all over it. Toss a spoonful of Everything But the Bagel into your favorite slaw recipe to add an extra oniony crunch.

Try These: Healthy Coleslaw Recipes

19. Bloody Mary
Cocktail game-changer: Wet the rim of your Bloody Mary glass with a wedge of lemon, then invert onto a plate of Everything Bagel seasoning to coat the edge.

20. Cauliflower Bagels
Those looking for a low-carb, low-calorie swap for bagels will love this recipe for Cauliflower Everything Bagels. It packs the same delicious garlic-and-onion flavor as the real thing, so you won’t feel like you’re sacrificing come breakfast time.

21. Roasted Carrots
Coat carrots with olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning mix over top, then finish with fresh herbs. If carrots aren’t your favorite, this method works with any vegetable you’re roasting on a sheet pan for future lunches or dinners: beets, potatoes, broccoli, asparagus and more.

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Pictured Recipe: Garlic Shrimp & Asparagus Kebabs

22. Shrimp Kebabs
Marinate skewers of shrimp in a mixture of vegetable oil, soy sauce, lime, ginger and TJ’s seasoning before grilling.

23. Waffles
The only things better than from-scratch waffles are homemade Everything But the Bagel waffles. Just whisk a bit of the seasoning into your batter before pouring onto the grates of your waffle maker. Top with butter, sliced avocado, or crème fraiche.

24. Macaroni and Cheese
This one’s a crowd-pleaser. Make a toasted bread crumb topping for the comfort classic using a dash of Everything But the Bagel, or mix it into the cheese when incorporating sauce with the noodles.

25. Tzatziki
Stir the seasoning into store-bought tzatziki, or make your own quick version by whisking Greek yogurt with lemon juice, fresh dill, bagel seasoning and extra minced garlic.

26. Granola
For a surprisingly delicious way to switch up your morning breakfast bowl, hit store-bought or homemade granola with a dash of Everything But the Bagel. Spoon on top of plain Greek yogurt as a savory topping.

27. Hummus
Stir into any variety of store-bought or homemade hummus-the sesame seeds in the seasoning and the tahini in the dip are a match made in heaven!

Related: Eat the Rainbow with This Healthy Hummus Recipe Made 4 Ways

28. Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
The pleasing pungency of Dijon mustard is a great compliment to the garlic and onion in TJ’s seasoning. Make your own or whisk into store-bought before tossing with salad greens, spreading onto sandwiches or using as a marinade for salmon.

29. Eggs Benedict
Everything But the Bagel seasoning adds a pop of flavor to simple scrambled or fried eggs, but we’re partial to using in on the poached kind in Eggs Benedict. Hollandaise’s creamy, lemony flavor works well with the oniony spice mix.

30. Crispy Chickpeas
Toss chickpeas in olive oil and Everything But the Bagel and roast. Cool and mix with toasted coconut flakes. Use this as your signature cocktail nut next time you host a dinner party, as a crunchy topping for stir-fried veggies or toss into a bowl of salad greens.

31. Cream Cheese
For the most meta breakfast ever, toast an everything bagel and spread each half with a thick layer of cream cheese that’s been mixed with TJ’s seasoning. Because sometimes, more is more.

32. Popcorn
Next time you make popcorn, skip the extra salt and sprinkle your kernels with Everything But the Bagel instead.

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Pictured Recipe: Everything Bagel Cheese Ball

33. Cheese Ball
Our cheese ball recipe has it all: Salty, creamy, spicy, cheesy. Serve with bagel chips, crackers or crudité.

34. Homemade Pita Chips
Use it as a swap for za’atar. Brush your favorite pita bread with olive oil and add a good amount of Everything But the Bagel and bake in the oven until crispy.

35. Tomato Soup
The perfect salty, crispy way to elevate your next bowl of tomato soup: Spoon a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt on top, and finish with a sprinkle of Everything But the Bagel.

36. Portobello Mushrooms
Drizzle with olive oil and throw a few portobellos on the grill, then add a dash of Everything But the Bagel for a delicious, heart-healthy burger swap. Serve on toasted buns with plenty of summer’s ripest tomatoes.

37. Poke Bowls
Everything But the Bagel is a perfect companion for every ingredient in your go-to healthy lunch bowl. From fish to brown rice and tamari, it’ll add a deliciously salty, garlicky flavor to every bite.

38. Sweet Potato Toast
The best sweet and salty combo: toast a slice of sweet potato and top with crème fraiche and a dash of EBTB.

Try This: Sweet Potato Toast Ideas to Supercharge Your Breakfast Routine

39. Guacamole
Mix into your guac to add a hit of salty spice (and crunch) before topping tortilla chips or quesadillas. Everything Bagel guacamole also works on sliced cucumbers or other raw veggies like radishes or cauliflower florets.

40. Grilled Cheese
In the sandwich, on the sandwich, around the crust of the sandwich-or all of the above.

41. Roasted Eggplant
For a super simple vegetarian main, cut an eggplant length-wise and brush it with olive oil. Roast face-down at 400°F for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the back looks puckered. Top with a generous amount of ricotta cheese, bagel seasoning and fresh parsley.

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Pictured Recipe: Blistered Peppers with Lime

42. Shishito Peppers

The seasoning’s salty-spicy notes are a great complement to a skillet of sautéed shishito peppers. Follow this recipe (the baby bell peppers and lime juice balance out the spice from the shishitos) but swap Everything But the Bagel for the salt.

43. Corn on the Cob
Give your corn on the cob a (literal) bath in Everything But the Bagel. Because life’s too short to worry about getting food stuck in your teeth.

44. Frittatas
Elevate your brunch go-to by mixing the eggs with asparagus sprigs, fresh dill and Everything But the Bagel before baking. It’s simple and packed with fresh spring flavors.

Try These: Healthy Frittata Recipes

45. Trail Mix
Next time you’re packing trail mix for a hike or busy day, finish it with a sprinkle of TJ’s bagel blend. You’d be surprised how well the nutty, salty seasoning complements sweet-and-sour dried fruit and toasted nuts and seeds.

46. Tuna Steaks
Use EBTB to crust a tuna steak before slicing and adding it to the top of a niçoise salad.

47. Hamburger Buns
Everything But the Bagel would be very welcome on top of a toasted burger or slider bun.

48. Butter
Stir the seasoning into your favorite type of butter (make sure it’s room temperature for easy mixing) and spread on top of toasted baguettes or just-seared steaks.

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Pictured Recipe: Hasselback Cheesy Garlic Bread

49. Garlic Bread
Butter some thick slices of ciabatta or sourdough, then add a hefty dose of the spice blend before browning in the oven. The seeds and garlic will toast up and get deliciously aromatic.

50. Half an Avocado
Sprinkle on top of an avocado half for the world’s simplest afternoon snack. Don’t forget a spoon!

WATCH: How to Make Parmesan Cloud Eggs

Couple Explain How They Made $30,000 Reselling Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

Everything but the Bagel seasoning is not only a delicious spice, but it is so versatile. Perfect to give food a little zing such as on hummus, popcorn, sandwiches, salads, avocadoes, sweet potato fries, or for seasoning chicken or fish. That’s why the spice from Trader Joe’s is so beloved by many. It is so popular right now that people are making good bank by selling the tasty spice on Amazon.

Juston and Kristen Herbert from Los Angeles have a quality side hustle going on by simply reselling Everything but the Bagel on Amazon. The Herberts buy Everything but the Bagel from Trader Joe’s and then resell it on Amazon. Their part-time job is paying them $30,000 a year.

Their retail arbitrage hustle has them purchase the spice from Trader Joe’s for $1.99 and then they sell them on Amazon for a little over $6. After Amazon takes their cut, they make about 80 cents in profit for each unit sold. They sell approximately 100 units per day. They generally only purchase 71 containers of seasoning, which costs $141.29. They generally only buy that amount once a week as to not be “obnoxious” to the staff at Trader Joe’s.

They then wrap the items in packages that meet specific requirements that Amazon requires. They box them all up and send it to an Amazon warehouse. From there, Amazon handles all of the selling and shipping of the product.

“We’re trying to tell people anybody can do this. You can do it from your home, and you can make a pretty decent income just by walking into a store,” Juston tells MONEY. “I guarantee you’re walking past profit every single day.”

The Herberts also resell items from other brick-and-mortar retail stores such as Walmart, Lowe’s, Big Lots, HomeGoods, and more. They explain their methods on their YouTube channel Flipping Profits.

Trader Joe’s commented on their products being resold on Amazon. “Our products work the best when they’re sold as part of the overall customer experience within our stores. We do not authorize the reselling of our products and cannot stand behind the quality, safety or value of any Trader Joe’s product sold outside of our store.”

While we’re on the topic, if you can’t make it to Trader Joe’s and need to order Everything but the Bagel seasoning, you can order the official seasoning from Amazon where a 2.3-ounce container costs $6.27.

But I found that this Everything Bagel seasoning is just as tasty and way cheaper since it costs $12.99 for a 10-ounce container. It might be a little more oniony, but actually has less sodium. The ingredients are the same as Trader Joe’s: roasted black and white sesame seeds, sea salt, minced garlic, dried onion, and poppy seeds.

How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning

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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 it 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

Side note: I was able to guest post on the Whole30Recipes Instagram account last week (Eek! Fun!), and I shared this recipe with those lovely Whole30-ers.

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!

Ways 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 having a big jar in the cupboard. I just made a quart-sized jar of it. #obssessed

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.)

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.)
  • 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 — I feel like this deserves it’s own section. So scroll down. It’s worth it.

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*

Sea salt flakes aren’t like other kids 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.

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

This recipe makes a scant 3 Tablespoons, but you can double or triple it to fill a small mason jar. 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.

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!


  • 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


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!


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.

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How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning – Have you tried it? This copycat Trader Joe’s seasoning is good on EVERYTHING!

I was a little late to the Everything Bagel Seasoning trend. For the last year or two, I’ve seen this Trader Joe’s seasoning mix popping up all over the place online. I was intrigued, but wasn’t ever really into everything bagels growing up and didn’t know what all the fuss was about. I asked on Instagram a few months ago, and it turns out people SWEAR by everything bagel seasoning! I had people say they put it on everything from eggs to potatoes, chicken to cottage cheese, and everything in between.

I gave into the hype and picked up my first jar during my last trek to Trader Joe’s and was totally converted after some of the best avocado toast of my life. This seasoning blend–made from garlic, onion, salt, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds–really is great on so many things. AND if you don’t live close to a Trader Joe’s, you can still totally make your own.

Here’s the easy-peasy method for DIY Copycat Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning and some of my favorite ways to use it.

It really is as simple as combining a few different seasonings and seeds. Once you’ve got your mix, you store it in a jar or airtight container and it’ll keep for several months. As for what to put it on… here are a few favorites:

  • Avocado toast
  • Poached, scrambled, or fried eggs
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Turkey sandwiches and lettuce wraps
  • Grilled chicken
  • Roasted veggies
  • On top of hummus or veggie dip

It adds a nice note of flavor (and a little crunch!) to so many different dishes. It’s easy to play around and experiment with it!

Notes on DIY Everything Bagel Seasoning

Open Sesame. Trader Joe’s makes their blend look pretty by using a combination of black sesame seeds and white sesame seeds. Not every store stocks black sesame seeds, so you can totally order from Amazon or just swap in additional white sesame seeds. The taste won’t be noticeably different.

Don’t Try to Substitute Other Ingredients. Really. It just won’t work. You really do need to use the grated/dehydrated garlic flakes and onion flakes rather than granulated/ground. I’ve been able to find onion flakes at many different stores, but garlic was a little trickier to find. I wouldn’t recommend swapping in granulated garlic (garlic powder) or onion powders. They’ll fall straight to the bottom and be far too strong.

Go kosher or coarse. Similarly, you want nice big flakes of salt in this. My favorite is the Maldon brand big flaked sea salt, but I’ve also made it with coarse kosher salt and it was good, too.

Keep it Fresh. My batch makes much less than a full Trader Joe’s size jar. I prefer to keep my batches of seasoning blends on the small side so they’re always fresh. You can certainly double or triple this recipe if you want to make a bigger container full.

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  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp onion flakes
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garlic flakes
  • 1/2 tsp flaked salt (like Maldon brand. Can use kosher salt)
  1. Combine all seasonings in a small bowl or jar. Shake or stir to combine. Store in an airtight container up to 6 months.
  2. Try it on eggs, avocado, potatoes, veggies, hummus or veggie dip, chicken, and more!

Everything Bagel Seasoning

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Everything bagel seasoning that you can make at home in seconds! Plus, three of my favorite ways to use this magical seasoning blend! You need this in your spice cabinet!

If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, you probably triedEverything But the Bagel seasoning years ago. You probably already know how magical it really is.

If you don’t live near a TJ’s (like me, boohoo), then you have maybe not discovered this goodness quite yet.

No worries, you’re going to make my everything but the bagel seasoning recipe and all will be right in your world!

First, let’s chat about what you can use this seasoning blend on.

How to use Everything But The Bagel Seasoning:

It may seem like a good use would be on a low carb bagel, and that’s an obvious choice that I would not disagree with. But there is so much more you can do with this seasoning blend!

My top three favorite choices are below:

Celery + whipped cream cheese + bagel seasoning = snack perfection!

This is just about the easiest snack and it’s seriously so good. I don’t even like celery and I eat this. True story.

My next best use for everything bagel mix is scrambled eggs!

Just scramble up some eggs in a little butter and then sprinkle on the seasoning before serving. Bonus points if you stir a little cream cheese into your scrambled eggs just before they finish cooking. It makes the BEST scrambled eggs and the bagel seasoning just takes it over the top.

And my absolute FAVORITE way to use everything bagel seasoning is over cottage cheese.

I eat this for breakfast almost every. single. day.

Cottage cheese is packed with protein, so it keeps me full until lunch, plus it’s beyond simple to toss on a plate and devour. Spice it up with everything bagel seasoning and it is seriously so good.

You can also sprinkle this over an avocado, season chicken breasts with it, or top my low carb crackers with this! It’s pretty good on just about anything you want to sprinkle it on!

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning Recipe:

This is beyond simple, guys!

Just grab some sesame seeds, flaky sea salt, dried minced onion, and dried minced garlic and toss that all together.

The store bought version includes black sesame seeds as well, and you can totally add them in. However, I can never find them in local grocery stores so I just leave them out. If you can find them or want to order them online, go for it! Amazon sells them (affiliate link).

Hope you enjoy!

More low carb recipes to try:

Garlic Butter Shrimp: Everyone’s favorite shrimp recipe!

Pork Tenderloin: Seriously the best!

Broccoli Salad: It’s loaded with cheese and bacon!

Fathead Pizza: We make this every week!

  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  1. Add everything to small jar and stir well.
  2. Store tightly covered.

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Admit it, how much money have you spent in the past two years on Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning from Trader Joe’s? Even if you’ve switched to more local brands, like the Sprouts Farmers Market or Chompie’s brand, it can still add it. That’s because it goes on everything — mac and cheese, grilled chicken, salad, pizza, whatever. But give that little bottle a turn and you’ll see the ingredients are fairly straightforward.

That means, the whole operation is pretty DIYable.

And we know, we’re far from the first to advise making your own Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning, but let’s just plug on.

The recipe for this beloved seasoning is a simple, six-parter: regular sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, minced dried garlic, minced dried onion , flaked sea salt, and poppy seeds (watch you don’t have an upcoming drug test to pass in order to meet the bushmen of the Kalahari). And don’t think you can just bust out the kosher salt. A box of Maldon Sea Salt Flakes is recommended up and down the internet.

While busy recipe webpages differ slightly on the ratio, we found this one to be the most common.

1 1/2 tablespoon white sesame seeds
1 1/2 tablespoon black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic (or flakes)
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon dried minced onion (or flakes)
2 teaspoon flaked sea salt

EXPANDThe final result. Lauren Cusimano

The best part about making something yourself, aside from the cost reduction, is the ability to modify. Need to reduce salt in your diet? Add just one teaspoon of salt. Want your version to look way more goth? Double up on the black sesame seeds. And so on.

The second-best part is going to the grocery store. And what makes this trip more fun than usual is the fact you get to visit the bulk bin section of your favorite food store. We chose Sprouts, and the spices rack certainly delivered.

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When you get your ingredients home, it’s most fun to make little piles out of the six ingredients. Study the different colors, texture, and shapes.

Then you mix, baby. In the end, you get about the same as the Trader Joe’s container — 2.3 ounces or 65 grams.

We did call in an impartial party, and he did think the DIY seasoning was from Trader Joe’s.

Last comes the third-best part, finding an appropriate container for your newly made Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning. Happy shaking.

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Lauren Cusimano is Phoenix New Times’ food editor. She is a journalist based in Tempe with more than 10 years of experience writing and editing. She enjoys eating wings, riding bikes, going to dive bars, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.

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