Trader Joe’s has earned a reputation for selling unique and flavorful products, but one section of the store that deserves special mention is its collection of spices and seasonings. That’s because it’s not your usual salt and pepper fare. Trader Joe’s spices are versatile, international, affordable and some of the easiest ways to add variety and flavor to your meals.
Spices and seasonings are, quite simply, low-effort, high-impact culinary essentials, and TJ’s has mastered this niche. Here’s our guide to the 15 best spices from Trader Joe’s.
1. Anything but Sesame Bagel Seasoning Mix
If you love a good all-purpose bagel, but don’t always want to be weighed down by an entire bagel, this will change your world. Inspired by the savory, garlicky flavor of the beloved bagel, this seasoning mix contains salt, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and dried minced onion and garlic. This cult-favorite blend amps up the flavor of… well, everything: eggs, avocado toast, hummus, Greek yogurt dip, roasted vegetables, grilled chicken, soup, etc.
2. 21 seasoning salute
Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute is a pleasantly potent blend of 21 different spices and herbs, including onion, black pepper, celery seed, cayenne pepper, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary and garlic (to name a few). It’s perfect for seasoning meat, vegetables and soups, and it’s also versatile enough to sprinkle on an omelet or add to a Vinaigrette. The best part? There are zero grams of salt, so you can reduce your sodium intake without sacrificing taste.
3. Mushroom and Company Versatile Umami Seasoning Blend
If you are not yet familiar umami, the tasty “fifth taste” of food, prepare to be amazed. Trader Joe’s Umami seasoning mix is a savory, earthy and slightly spicy blend that includes kosher salt, dried onion, ground mustard seeds, porcini powder, crushed red pepper, black pepper and thyme. The flavor is a smooth, rich addition to soup stocks, sauces and meat rubs, and you can also sprinkle it on roasted vegetables and pizza crusts. It’s not called a “versatile mix” for nothing – the versatility is legit!
4. Seasoning salt
Why use regular salt when you can you this cool seasoning salt? This all-purpose savory seasoning enhances the flavor of most dishes. It’s a simple yet potent blend of sea salt, granulated onion and garlic, celery seed, paprika and dry mustard, plus a little ground nutmeg to balance out the salty taste. Use it as a base for salad dressings, sauces and meat marinades, or add it for regular salt and pepper on sautéed vegetables and scrambled eggs.
5. South African Smoke Seasoning Blend
When you’ve had enough of your usual spice rotation, seek out this smoky seasoning. It is a delicious blend of slow smoked paprika grown in Africa and sea salt, garlic and basil. The smoked paprika gives it a flavor similar to bacon, making it a great addition to grilled or barbecued meats, creamy pastas and egg dishes.
6. Lime Chili Seasoning Mix
Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning Blend takes everyday dishes to a whole new spicy and refreshing level. Made with sea salt, chili, red pepper and the power of lime juice, it’s the perfect balance of spice and citrus. Use it on tacos, salads, grilled fish, chicken or baked potatoes. Or add a few shakes to popcorn, cucumber slices or fresh watermelon and mango for an invigorating, salty snack.
7. Onion salt
Homemade Onion Dip Made Easy With This Trader Joe’s onion salt! This flavorful mix includes granulated onion and garlic, along with chopped onion, kosher salt, green onion and dried chives. The possibilities with onion salt go beyond dips: use it to season taco meat, burgers or steak, sprinkle it on baked potatoes, eggs and roasted vegetables, mix add it to hummus or use it to bake your own crackers or onion buns. .
Originating in Egypt, this mixture of nuts and spices is designed for dipping bread. It contains almonds, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, coriander, anise seeds and kosher salt for a spicy and rich taste. Go the classic route and dip a thick slice of bread in a little olive oil and dukkahor add a sprinkle of dukkah to hummus or salad dressing for an extra kick of flavor.
9. Chicken-Free Vegan Seasoning Salt
Even though chicken salt started as a food trend in fish and chip shops in Australia, it has now taken the world by storm. Trader Joe’s is bringing this food craze to homes across the United States with its Chicken Free Vegan Seasoning Salt, made with sea salt, onion and garlic powder, turmeric and a few other spices. It mimics the taste of chicken broth, but uses no animal products so our friendly herbivores can still enjoy it. Sprinkle this seasoning on freshly made fries or use it to spruce up any vegetable dish!
10. Everything But Elote Seasoning Mix
There’s something so comforting about corn on the cob fresh off the grill and smothered in spices. Now it’s easier than ever to channel your inner elotero and prepare the delicious seasoned corn on the cob at home! Like the Everything But Bagel mix, Everything but Elote the seasoning has everything you would like on your elot – chilli, parmesan, chipotle powder, cumin, dried cilantro and a few other additions from Trader Joe himself. If you’re not a big fan of corn but still love the taste of this irresistible seasoning, sprinkle it on popcorn or even chicken for a great kick!
11. Nori Komi Furikake
We go around the world with Trader Joe’s Nori Komi Furikake made with dried nori seaweed, sesame seeds, salt and kelp powder. This versatile Japanese seasoning is commonly used in rice bowls and other traditional dishes like udon and ramen, but you can mix it with eggs, rice or popcorn. It adds a nice crunchy texture to otherwise soft foods like tofu, and the sesame seeds are the perfect flavoring to let everyone in the house know you’re cooking something delicious.
12. Italian Soffritto Seasoning Mix
Very rarely do you get a seasoning that really can do it all, but Trader Joe’s has concocted this herbal, flavorful seasoning that you can toss on just about anything. It’s got crispy onions, tomatoes, garlic, red peppers and three herbs – everything you could ask for in a seasoning. Bring the warmth of authentic Italian cooking right to your kitchen by putting it in pasta sauce, roasted meats and vegetables, and even dips and salads.
13. Cuban Citrus Garlic
The name citrus garlic It might seem obvious, but its combination of garlic, onion, lemon, lime, red pepper, and 13 other seasonings hits at least three taste buds and smacks the olfactory with a tangy, spicy, and savory combo. Where TJ’s Chili Lime Seasoning is zestier, this blend takes its citrus count to 11, testing the tongue’s tolerance for acidity and illuminating the flavors of everything it touches.
14. Cheese Seasoning Mix
Upgrade everything from your main entrees to your midnight snacks with Trader Joe’s Cheese seasoning mix. Made with powdered cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, rosemary and oregano, this flavorful seasoning can add a cheesy kick to popcorn, eggs, pasta and more.
15. Green Goddess Seasoning Blend
Give your meals the Green Goddess treatment with this seasoning mix. Made with onion, salt, pepper, garlic and four green vegetables — dried chives, dried green onion, spinach powder and dried parsley — this blend promises a touch of herbaceous freshness. Add veggies, protein, or use this seasoning to create your own Green Goddess dressing.