30 Ways to Use Everything Bagel Seasoning

Updated: Apr. 30, 2024

There are plenty of uses for everything bagel seasoning besides, well, bagels. Start by sprinkling it on eggs, fries and roast chicken. Soon you'll be eating it with everything!

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Making Everything Bagel Seasoning
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We all love an everything bagel. The blend of sesame, onion, garlic, poppy seeds and salt makes them a real treat (especially with a big schmear of cream cheese).

It’s no wonder that everything bagel seasoning blends are popping up all over! Trader Joe’s started this trend with their Everything But the Bagel seasoning, but you can snag similar mixes at the Spice House, from McCormick or even on your next Walmart run.

But no need to limit yourself to just a bagel. Use this everything seasoning on, well, everything!

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Spice Up Your Bread Dough

A plain loaf rises to the next level thanks to everything bagel flavors. Simply brush your bread with an egg wash when it’s ready to go in the oven, then sprinkle generously with seasoning. Our Everything Bread recipe shows you exactly how it’s done.

And don’t stop with this loaf. Try this seasoning blend on pretzels and breadsticks, too!

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Add It to Mac and Cheese

There are few dishes are unashamedly comforting as mac and cheese! If you’re making a homemade version of this classic, here’s a quick way to step things up a notch. Before you add the top layer of cheese, sprinkle some Everything But the Bagel seasoning onto the pasta. You won’t regret this move!

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Try It in Snack Mix

Sure, potato sticks, snack crackers and pretzels all taste delicious on their own. But when combined? And sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning? Pure perfection. Check out the recipe for our Savory Cracker Snack Mix.

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Rub It on Roasted Meat

Believe it or not, everything bagel seasoning makes an excellent rub for roast meat or a roasted chicken. When you’re seasoning a bird before roasting, include some of this mix. Use olive oil or even butter to rub the seasoning onto the meat directly and then cook.

By the way, here’s how to roast the perfect chicken.

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Use It on Fried Eggs

When you’re frying an egg, sprinkle on some of the seasoning. If you time this right, you should find that the mix cooks inside the egg itself. Delicious.

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Top Biscuits

Scratch-made biscuits are a great canvas for new flavors. Brush the tops with butter or egg wash and sprinkle bagel seasoning on top. Pop them in the oven and count down the minutes until you enjoy this savory treat.

These biscuits are great with butter, but they’d be amazing with traditional sausage gravy, too.

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Mix It into Coleslaw

One of the nation’s favorite side dishes needs little introduction. However, there’s a quick and easy way to improve on this added extra. Stirring everything bagel mix into your coleslaw gives it a little something extra. The savory flavors of the mix work perfectly in this crunchy side.

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Flavor Your Breading

Before popping chicken strips in the oven or air fryer, give ’em a flavor boost with the seasoning. Just mix a tablespoon or two into the dry breading ingredients, then coat your chicken, and voila: Everything Bagel Chicken Strips. You can even use your seasoning on some tasty air fryer bagel chips. Ree Drummond’s everything chicken recipe also offers a delicious take on the seasoning. We wouldn’t say no to a sprinkle of seasoning in your favorite dipping sauce, either.

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Sprinkle It on Salad

Ready to take your salad game to the next level? You might already use dressing to give your healthy dish extra pizazz but how about adding some seasoning, too? The garlic and onion flavors of this mix are sure to give a new dimension to your food. Give it a go!

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Season Roasted and Sauteed Vegetables

Roasting vegetables to go alongside meat and potatoes? Nothing could be better. Adding everything seasoning to the sheet pan (along with some oil) could be just the thing to give your greens that extra something. Be as generous as you dare.

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Upgrade Your Bloody Mary

A Bloody Mary is a classic cocktail that few of us can resist. Many people like to put celery salt around the rim of the glass, but how about using seasoning instead? Everything bagel seasoning goes oh-so-well with tomato juice!

And don’t stop with the seasoning. A Bloody is nothing without great garnishes.

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Season Your Fries

You might think the only way to serve them is with a few shakes of salt. Next time, reach for everything bagel seasoning when they come out of the air fryer. You’ll be surprised!

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Level Up Deviled Eggs

While classic deviled eggs will always have a place in an appetizer spread, it never hurts to put a spin on this party classic. Instead of (or in addition to) paprika, add a dash of Everything But the Bagel right on top. It adds flavor and crunch.

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Use It on Popcorn

You might usually serve popcorn with a load of butter. Let’s shake things up here—literally. Put your fresh homemade popcorn in a paper bag. Add the bagel blend, then give it a good shake. Serve while the popcorn is still piping hot.

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Sprinkle It on Pizza

We all know that oregano is a classic pizza seasoning, but you don’t have to stop there. If you’re making pizza from scratch, you could even mix the seasoning into the dough or sauce. Or, when your pie comes out of the oven, sprinkle some on top.

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Spruce up Your Potato Salad

Potato salad is one of the easiest sides you can possibly make. Just add dressing to boiled potatoes for a quick, no-hassle dish. You’re good to go! Still, if you want to make it extra special, adding everything seasoning is a fantastic idea. You’ll get all the flavor with zero effort.

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Stir It into Soup

Homemade soup can be so warming and inviting, at the best of times. If you’re tired of the same ol’ tomato and herb offering, why not spice things up? When you’re heating the soup, try stirring a little seasoning into the pot. Make sure that you taste it as you go!

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Spice Up Grain Bowls

Using whole grains as a base for meals is a great way to get more fiber in your diet. You can liven up these whole grains by sprinkling everything bagel seasoning right on top of all those other bowl accompaniments. We think it’d be perfect in this BLT Quinoa Bowl.

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Liven Up Potatoes

Whether you liked them baked, mashed or roasted, potatoes can always benefit from a little something extra. A sprinkle of bagel seasoning adds pizazz without a lot of leg work.

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Add to Dips

Homemade and store-bought dips alike can be livened up with a dash of everything seasoning. Classic chip dip is a great canvas for this seasoning blend, but don’t sleep on other possibilities like guacamole!

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Stir It into Risotto

Are you a master of Italian cuisine? If you’ve already mastered how to make the perfect risotto, you may be looking for ways to experiment and put a twist on the classic. Just before you serve the dish, season it. This works best with mildly flavored risottos, as it allows the taste to come through.

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Top Your Toast

Everything bagel seasoning works well on pretty much every breakfast or brunch treat, including this loaded avocado toast!

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Transform Cheese Balls

Around the holidays, you’ll find cheese balls in many appetizer buffets. Roll your favorite cheese ball in some bagel seasoning or stir it right into the cheese mix. It’s really a match made in flavor heaven.

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Scale Up Shrimp

Before you pop that shrimp on the barbie, season it well. Salt and pepper are gimmes, but you can add lots of flavor with just a few dashes of this bagel mix.

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Make Vinaigrette

Next time you’re whipping up a quick homemade salad dressing, reach for everything seasoning instead of plain poppy or sesame seeds. This mix will add layers of flavor with just a few shakes.

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Baking up savory, flaky appetizers like bourekas, spanakopita or even a party bread? Then it’s time to break out your go-to everything seasoning. A sprinkle of this blend adds layers of complementary flavors. Garlic, onion, poppy seed and sesame all play well with flavors like cheese, spinach and mushroom.

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Amp Up Ramen

When you’re in the mood for something filling and warming, you can’t go wrong with a delicious bowl of ramen. This Japanese-style noodle soup is popular the world around. Often enough, people add a kick of chili to it. If you’d like a more subtle taste, try adding the seasoning directly to the broth.

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Combine It with Butter

Need an easy way to impress guests at your next get-together? Make compound butter—a blend of butter and the ingredients of your choice. Herbs and spices are common mix-ins, so everything bagel seasoning is a natural fit. Just start with a good brand of butter and you’re set!

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Shake Up Garlic Bread

We know that garlic bread on its own is perfection. However, you can always give your next batch a twist by topping it with everything blend. And if you ask us, a shake of Parm never hurts, either!

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Transform Tuna Salad

Take your favorite brand of tuna to the next level by adding a touch of everything bagel seasoning. You can also incorporate these flavors into a tasty tuna salad.