How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning at Home

How to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning at Home

Make your own Everything Bagel Seasoning from scratch using simple ingredients found in your kitchen pantry! Only takes 5 minutes to make - and can be sprinkled on soups or avocado toast, as a meat rub, or tossed into your salads.


There’s nothing like an everything bagel, toasted, with cream cheese to accompany your morning coffee - but have you ever thought of making the Everything Bagel Seasoning on your own? Or wondered what else this glorious mix of spices could be added to enhance the flavour? 

Well, read along, we’ll show you just how easy it is to make Everything Bagel Seasoning at home, and the endless possibilities you can use it for.

What is Everything Bagel Seasoning?

It’s the topping you find on your everything bagel! This low calorie, flavourful seasoning contains a combination of white and black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried minced garlic, dried onion flakes and flaked or coarse sea salt. 

Is Everything Bagel Seasoning healthy?

Now, Everything Bagel ]Seasoning doesn’t just taste great. You may be surprised to know that it can have some surprising health benefits as well! Each ingredient in Everything Bagel Seasoning can add some positive health benefits and increase the nutritional value of your food.

Sesame Seeds: This tiny, oil-rich seed is full of antioxidants, which can help to protect you from cell damage or illness. They are a source of fibre (3 tablespoons = 3.5 grams) and plant-based protein (3 tablespoons = 5 grams). Sesame seeds can also aid in lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure as well.

Poppy seeds: They’ve been used as a traditional remedy for various illnesses for centuries. Poppy seeds are rich in Manganese (1 tablespoon = 26% of your daily value), a trace element that can help your body to utilize amino acids, carbohydrates and fats. Manganese is also an important element for good bone health and preventing blood clotting. Poppy seeds are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help to reduce the chance of stroke or heart attack. These powerful seeds are also a source of fibre, which can assist in proper digestion and prevent constipation.

Granulated Garlic: Whether dried and minced or made into a granulated powder, garlic is not just known for its strong flavour and taste enhancing abilities - it also has many health benefits as well. Granulated garlic is high in Vitamin B6, which can play a role in regulating your mood and increasing brain function and memory. Eating garlic can also help increase your iron intake, as well as aid in preventing diabetes and maintaining low blood pressure.  

Onion flakes: Onions contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Potassium and Magnesium. Dried onion flakes or powder still contain these beneficial vitamins and minerals as well. Onions are also an antioxidant, which can boost your immunity and prevent inflammation and infection. 

Sea salt: Unlike refined table salt, sea salt is minimally processed, hence the more rough texture and inconsistent shape. It is a source of minerals, including potassium, calcium and iron. Sea salt can help you to maintain good blood pressure levels.

Can I make Everything Bagel Seasoning even healthier?

Now that we’ve already covered the health benefits of Everything Bagel Seasoning, there are a few swaps or additions you can make to increase the nutritional and health value of the seasoning! 

Swap PoppySeeds for Chia seedsThese tiny, powerful superfoods are high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which can contribute to lower blood pressure, good cholesterol and improve eye health and dry eye disease. Chia seeds are also a great source of plant-based protein (2 tablespoons equals about 5 grams of protein). They are also high in fibre, which promote good gut health and digestion!

If you intend to use your Everything Bagel Seasoning mix on foods that are not “dry” such as salad dressing or dip, keep in mind that chia seeds do absorb liquid, causing them to expand 10 times their size and turn into almost gel-like. 

Swap Sesame Seeds for Hemp heart seeds: This nutty seed is a complete source of protein, containing the 9 essential amino acids your body needs but can’t produce on its own. Hemp seeds are a source of Vitamin E, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce the risk of heart disease, inflammation and acne. 

Add Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: Spice up your Everything Bagel Seasoning with crushed red pepper flakes, while also gaining some extra health benefits as well! Red pepper flakes contain antioxidants, which can boost your immunity and increase your antibodies. They can also boost your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories. Spicy foods have also been shown to suppress your appetite, limit your cravings and curb hunger.

What can you use Everything Bagel Seasoning for?

Just like the name entails, it can be put on pretty much everything! Here’s a list of some of our favourite ways to use it:

  • Sprinkle on avocado and smoked salmon toast.
  • On eggs, of any kind! Fried egg, scrambled, omelette, deviled eggs, hard-boiled eggs and egg salad sandwiches.It also tastes great on tofu scramble as well! 
  • Use it as a rim for a homemade virgin Ceasar!
  • Use it for baking: sprinkled on croissants, homemade bagels, soft pretzels, cheese rolls and bread.
  • Add a dash to your favourite soup or bisque!
  • Use it to flavour popcorn, homemade trail mix or h’orderves.
  • Use it as a meat seasoning for chicken or steak.
  • Season roasted or steamed veggies with it.
  • Toss your fresh-cut fries in it and add parmesan cheese!
  • Sprinkle on pizza crust, before you put it in the oven for some added crunch! Or sprinkle on top of a slice for added flavour.
  • Use it as a hummus topper or add to any of your favourite dips!
  • Enhance your stir fry or rice noodles dish with it.
  • Top your baked potato with it or sprinkle on your corn on the cob.
  • Roll your goat cheese in it, for a crusted everything seasoned goat cheese log!

What You’ll Need to Make Everything Bagel Seasoning

You’ll need only 5 simple ingredients that you more than likely already have in your kitchen cupboard or pantry, and less than 5 minutes prep time to spare.

To make Everything Bagel Seasoning you’ll need:

You’ll also need: 

  • A mixing bowl
  • A spoon
  • An airtight glass container or an old spice container with a sifter

How Do You Make Everything Bagel Seasoning?

  1. Add equal parts of all 6 spices into a mixing bowl (ensure it is enough to fill the contents of your intended container). Tip: You can spice up your seasoning for some extra flavour using red pepper flakes, italian seasoning or ground pepper!
  2. Stir the contents, ensuring that all ingredients mix evenly.
  3. Using a funnel, transfer the mix into an airtight glass container. An old spice container might be your preference since it will already have the removable sifter. 
  4. Close the lid, ensuring it is secure, and store your jar in a cool, dark place (such as a cupboard or pantry). Store in an airtight glass container with a resealable lid or reuse an old shaker/dispenser

What is the Shelf life of the Everything Bagel Seasoning?

While the shelf life does depend on the expiration date of each individual ingredient used, typically it should be good for up to one year. Using it within 3-6 months will ensure optimal freshness of the product. However, we believe that you’ll be using this for everything, there’s no doubt you’ll have to be replenishing your stock almost immediately!

So that’s about everything you need to know on how to make Everything Bagel Seasoning! We guarantee you’ll be eagerly finding new ways to add this delicious seasoning to all your meals - thankfully, the time it takes to make takes less time than it does to toast your bagel in the morning!

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