Do you love everything bagels? Me, too. They’ve always been my favorite. When we were little, our parents would take us to the bagel shop on Sundays. I’d jump up and down for an everything bagel, while my brothers went for the asiago or cinnamon raisin options. No, thanks!
As an adult, I’ve begrudgingly come to realize that white bread doesn’t make me feel very good. So, I opt for whole grain bagels when bagels present themselves, even though what I really want is an everything bagel.
Imagine my delight when I discovered how to make my own everything bagel spice blend. Now I can make any bagel an everything bagel! I can even make toast taste like an everything bagel. You can use this blend on much more, as you’ll see below.
The trick to making the best everything bagel seasoning is to toast it in a skillet. If you think about it, everything bagels go through the oven with the seeds and spices on the outside, so the toasted flavor is key. Freshly toasted everything bagel seasoning tastes way better than store-bought blends, like Trader Joe’s “Everything But the Bagel” blend. Let’s make some.
Uses for Everything Bagel Seasoning
Think beyond bagels! This seasoning blend recipe adds flavor to all kinds of snacks and side dishes. Just keep in mind that the seasoning contains salt, so you might scale the salt back a bit on whatever you’re serving it with.
Here are a few ways to use it:
- On toast. Sprinkle it over avocado toast, buttered toast, or cream cheese on toast. It’s surprisingly good on peanut butter toast, too.
- On soup. I can vouch that this blend adds some fun flavor and crunch when sprinkled over creamy cauliflower soup. (I have a hunch it would be good on mashed potatoes, too.)
- On vegetables. Liven up your roasted vegetables with a sprinkle of everything blend. I loved it on roasted Brussels sprouts with a swoosh of tahini sauce underneath. Both the spice blend and tahini contain sesame seeds, so they go great together. This treatment would be great on roasted broccoli, too.
- On dips. Try sprinkling everything bagel blend on hummus, or simple tahini or sour cream-based dips.
- On popcorn. Everything blend on stovetop popcorn? Have mercy.
Please let me know how you use your everything bagel blend in the comments! I love hearing from you.
Toasted Everything Bagel Seasoning
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 7 minutes
- Yield: ⅓ cup 1x
- Category: Spice Blend
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
The trick to making the best everything bagel seasoning is to toast the seeds and spices in a skillet! That way, it tastes just like a freshly toasted everything bagel. Recipe yields a little over ⅓ cup (6 tablespoons).
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt or ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- In a small skillet, combine the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion, dried garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes (if using).
- Warm over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the spices are fragrant and the sesame seeds are turning barely golden on the edges, about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on the pan, as the seeds can burn if they are not stirred frequently, especially during the last couple of minutes.
- Transfer the mix to a small bowl to cool. Store cooled leftover spice blend in a jar at room temperature for up to 1 month.
Recipe adapted from my cookbook, Love Real Food.
Change it up: I love to add 2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds or pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) to the skillet for an extra boost of seedy flavor and crunch. Hemp seeds would be good, too.