Everything Bagel Seasoning

Once you have this everything bagel seasoning on hand, you'll sprinkle it over, well, everything! It's crunchy, nutty, garlicky, and delicious.

 Everything bagel seasoning recipe

I first made this Everything Bagel Seasoning for Jack’s homemade bagels, but once I had it on hand, I started sprinkling it over everything. Its nutty, garlicky flavor and irresistible crunch make almost anything more delicious – roasted veggies, eggs, avocado toast, and more!

You might be wondering, “Why would I make my own Everything Bagel Seasoning when I can pick up a jar at Trader Joe’s?” I hear you, but a homemade seasoning mix has one huge advantage over any store bought blend: you control the ratios.

The recipe below is my ideal Everything Bagel Seasoning – heavier on the sesame, lighter on the salt. It tastes great as written, but feel free to make it your own. If you like your blend with more dried garlic or poppy seeds, add them, or amp the onion or the salt. Taste and adjust as you go. If you’re anything like me, you’ll know you’ve gotten it right when you can’t stop eating it straight out of the bowl!

Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion, garlic, and salt in bowls

Everything Bagel Seasoning Ingredients

You only need 5 simple ingredients to make this everything bagel seasoning recipe:

  • Sesame seeds – In my opinion, everything bagel seasoning is all about the sesame seeds. Their toasty, nutty flavor plays perfectly off the dried onion, garlic, and salt. A mix of black sesame seeds and white sesame seeds makes this seasoning blend visually striking, but if you can’t find both, just one will work here too.
  • Poppy seeds – For crunch!
  • Dried minced garlic and onion – They add lots of garlicky, oniony flavor.
  • Flaky sea salt – I’ve made everything bagel seasoning with coarse sea salt and kosher salt too, but flaky sea salt is the best by far. Unlike coarse salt, which is aggressively salty in this mix, the flaked sea salt is delightful. It makes the nutty, savory flavor of the other ingredients pop.

In a small bowl, mix together the onion and garlic flakes, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and salt. That’s it! If you wanted to, you could toast the sesame seeds and poppy seeds before mixing them in, but honestly, I love the flavor of the raw seeds here. And if you’re planning to bake the seasoning on bagels, do not toast the seeds beforehand. They’ll burn in the oven!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Everything bagels

How to Use Everything Seasoning

Jack and I love this seasoning mix on our homemade bagels (and just about everything else too)! Here are a few of our favorite ways to use it:

How do you like to use everything bagel seasoning? Let me know in the comments!

Everything bagel seasoning

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Everything Bagel Seasoning

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5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Serves 30
This Everything Bagel Seasoning recipe is super versatile and easy to make! Sprinkle it over homemade bagels, avocado toast, eggs, and more.


  • 4 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds, or additional white sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt, such as Maldon


  • Mix together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, onion, and sea salt. Sprinkle onto homemade bagels, avocado toast, or any of the serving suggestions listed above.


Makes about ¼ cup.


5 from 8 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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  1. Lydia

    5 stars
    I sprinkle it on cottage cheese with a side of sliced cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and sliced radish. Great breakfast.

  2. Warwick

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! “Aggressively salty” made me laugh and I see what you mean. I only had coarse sea salt at home and it really overwhelms the flavours if you happen to bite into a chunk. Will definitely seek out salt flakes for the next batch.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      I’m so glad you loved the bagels!

  3. Sharon Forakis

    Is thete anything that can take the place of sesame seeds, my husband is Very Allergic to anything sesame, an gets terrible hives all over him, an is miserable.?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sharon, you could try hemp seeds, it wouldn’t be exactly the same, but they’re delicious.

  4. Ms. Havisham

    Whipped up a batch of this seasoning and sprinkled it on my salmon today. Delish!

    I can think of a lot of things that will be treated to this seasoning . . . salads, breads, meats and more.

    Thanks for posting this recipe!

  5. Julie Duran

    5 stars
    Thank you for this. I was making ham and cheese sliders https://www.crunchycreamysweet.com/ham-and-cheese-sliders/
    And didn’t have the everything bagel seasoning. I used a combo seasoning I happened to have for the salt, garlic, onion and added the sesame seeds. Unfortunately no poppy seeds. But it turned out well!

  6. Carolyn Foster

    5 stars
    I love the Everything Bagels seasoning

  7. Trypto Phane

    Have used the Trader Joe’s mix until only recently – when every jar we’ve purchased has had mold on either the onions, or ??

    Happy to find your recipe! Intend to try it on the next batch of bagels.


    • Jeanine Donofrio

      oh yikes, that’s scary to hear! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this blend 🙂

  8. Leon Jester

    5 stars
    Thank you!! The nearest Trader Joe’s is a five-hour round trip, the needed spices are already in my kitchen.

    Both Spice House and Penzey’s stock the dried garlic and onion, excellent quality.

  9. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com

    ha, thank you for sharing this, one of those things I’ve always wanted to know how to mix together fox myself, and wouldm’t have known to look for something like Maldom

  10. A B from earthlyepicurean.blogspot.com

    Where did you find the dried minced garlic and onion? I LOVE This idea since I too love the sesames and onion but a little less salt. THanks for sharing!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      You can find them in the jarred spice section of any store. You only use pinches at a time as a condiment, so it’s not too salty.

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