It really is everything

By Briana Riddock
March 27, 2018
Trader Joe's

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.  

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. 

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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:

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

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) 

Savory granola

Savory muffins

Savory oatmeal

Savory shortbread cookies

Savory-sweet brittle 


Soft pretzels


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