The Ultimate Guide to Trader Joe’s Seasonings

Seasoned and rookie Trader Joe’s shoppers: WHY is the seasoning section so enticing? Even when my spice cabinet is literally overflowing to the point of avalanche, I can’t resist. If there’s an interesting flavor I haven’t tried, I must buy it.

And most of the time it will inevitably sit in my cabinet for weeks until I work up the creative energy (or courage) to actually use it. Does anyone else do this? Am I the problem? 

The Ultimate Guide to Trader Joe’s Seasonings

There must be others like me who bought the Trader Joe’s seasoning they saw someone rave about on TikTok only to stare at it for months. The solution? I bought them ALL so I can help you decide what’s worth buying, and the best way to use them.

Okay, maybe not all of them because it’s hard to keep up! If there’s something missing on this list that I need to try, let me know in the comments!

Everything but the Bagel

Savory, salty, garlicky.

trader joe's everything but the bagel

Starting off with the most classic Trader Joe’s seasoning to ever exist. The perfect example of a must-buy item for TJ’s rookies. If you’ve had an everything bagel, you know what this tastes like. It’s salty, garlicky, and slightly oniony. 

I like to press a little of this into the buttered side of my grilled cheese before I cook it. It creates a nice crust and adds a ton of flavor. 

It’s perfection on avocado toast, salmon, roasted veggies, salad, and that viral pepper cucumber salad everyone made this summer. 

Everything but the Elote

Cheesy, smoky, and slightly spicy.

everything but the elote

One of my favorites! It’s super flavorful, with hints of cheese, chipotle powder, and cumin. I’m always discovering a new way to use it – sprinkled on popcorn, in guacamole, in eggs, or sprinkled on top of a burrito bowl.


Ketchup Flavored Sprinkle Seasoning Blend

Tomato-y, sweet, tangy.

trader joe's ketchup sprinkle

Ketchup seasoning seems gimmicky, but ketchup in sprinkle form that doesn’t make things soggy is actually genius. You have to try it on eggs, hash browns, or French fries. 


Green Goddess Seasoning

Bright, herby, and versatile. 

trader joe's green goddess seasoning

How can this one not catch your eye? This seasoning lifts the flavor of anything you put it on. And you can do SO MUCH with it.

  • Sprinkle on roasted veggies (or even raw veggies)
  • Top a baked potato
  • Season chicken before roasting
  • Make salad dressing (recipe is on the label!)

Did you just discover a new staple? Maybe.


Mushroom & Company Umami Seasoning Blend

Savory, slightly earthy, elevated

trader joe's umami mushroom blend

Funny how one of the most universal seasonings is for some, one of the most intimidating. If you’re not into mushrooms or just weirded out by a mushroom seasoning, trust. I don’t like mushrooms and I adore this seasoning.

We have 4 traditional categories of taste: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. “Umami” is a fifth category, meaning “pleasant savory taste” in Japanese. The flavor typically comes from MSG, but you won’t find any of that in this TJ’s seasoning. The umami flavor actually comes from the mushrooms!

Use this on basically everything. Sprinkle on roasted veggies, mix it into a turkey burger, or add it to panko for a yummy breading. You can even add this to avocado toast, soups, and sauces.


Cuban Style Citrusy Garlic

Bright, zesty, garlicky. 

trader joe's citrusy garlic

This one is bright and flavorful. Garlic + citrus is just ✨chef’s kiss✨.

I love using it to season chicken and fish, but I also read you can use it on rice or beans? Trying that ASAP.


Salmon Rub

Sweet, smoky, salty.

trader joe's salmon rub

Anything with smoked paprika gets an immediate yes from me. I’ll be honest: I haven’t actually tried this on salmon yet but I have tried it on chicken. It packs a ton of flavor and I can confidently say it would taste great sprinkled on salmon before popping it into the oven or air fryer. Yum.


Nori Komi Furikake Japanese Multi-Purpose Seasoning

Crunchy, salty, mild

I’m not sure why I slept on this for so long. Now, I can’t remember life without it.

If you’ve ever had poké and some types of sushi, you’ve likely had Furikake seasoning. It’s made up of tiny strips of nori seaweed, black and white sesame seeds, salt, and kelp powder. I love it on so many things, like rice, ramen, sushi, potstickers, and soup dumplings. I also read it’s delicious on eggs, but haven’t tried for myself (yet).


Ranch Seasoning Blend

Zesty, garlicky, herby.

trader joe's ranch seasoning blend

This is like those Hidden Valley packets, but better. You can make your own dressing or dipping sauce with this using yogurt or sour cream. I actually prefer to use this straight from the jar. This on popcorn? Perfection. A shake (or ten) on your baked potato or roasted veggies? Mouth watering. Salad, pizza, chicken, pasta, homemade croutons… I feel like I could go on forever.


Pizza Sprinkle Seasoning Blend

Zesty, tomato-ey, herby.

trader joe's pizza seasoning blend

This is a great example of a TJ’s seasoning that I had to have and then did nothing with for way too long. The flavor is good and who hasn’t wished they could bottle (or jar in this case) the flavor of pizza? But really, I didn’t find it life-changing. I could take it or leave it.

If you decide to buy, try it on French fries, or eggs, or add it to canned tomato soup to give it some life.


Sriracha Sprinkle Seasoning Blend

Spicy, garlicky, peppery.

trader joe's sriracha seasoning blend

Sriracha Lovers rejoice (especially if you’ve been suffering through the shortage)! 

Add this to anything that needs a little spice – Noodles, veggies, popcorn, tofu, chicken, salad, or boiled eggs, just to list a few ideas.

In my opinion, this isn’t quite the same as the sauce and I found it very spice-forward. So consider that before you buy!


Chile Lime Seasoning Blend

Spicy, tangy, bright.

best trader joe's seasonings chile lime blend

This seasoning is similar to Tajín but tastes sightly different. The tangy-spicy flavor is perfectly balanced. My favorite ways to use it are sprinkled on watermelon (seriously, try this) and on the rim of a margarita. 

Other ideas: Other fruits like mango or grilled pineapple, on a salad, on chicken, salmon or shrimp, or in guacamole. Delish.  


Green & Red Hatch Chile Flakes

Spicy, slightly sweet, sharp

I’m salivating just thinking about this. Hatch Chiles are red and green chiles serving as a major staple of New Mexican cuisine. The first time I tried anything Hatch Chile was in Colorado and not to be dramatic, but it changed my life.

Obviously, the dried version isn’t exactly the same as an authentic southwestern dish, but it’s nice to have if you live nowhere near this region (like me). These chile flakes are slightly spicy and more flavorful than traditional chili flakes. A little goes a long way!

You can sprinkle this over veggies, nachos, or anything that could use a little crunchy spice. I prefer to add it to foods with more liquid like chili, mac n’ cheese, or scrambled eggs. The liquid rehydrates the chiles and really brings out the flavor.

Herbes de Provence 

Savory, herb-y, aromatic.

herbes de provence

Using this seasoning makes me feel a little fancy. The jar it comes in is beautiful (that cute spoon!), and there’s just something about cooking with herbs that really makes me feel like I have my life together.

This seasoning is especially tasty on roasted chicken, pork tenderloin, in soups, stews, and casseroles, and on root veggies like carrots.

Taco Seasoning Mix

Spicy, salty, bold.

trader joe's taco seasoning

The first time I tried this, I was not a fan. I thought it was way too spicy. Later on, I learned that I’d made a rookie mistake – I used too much seasoning. The trick here, especially if you’re a mild-medium spice girly like me, is to use ¼ to ½ of a packet per pound of meat when you’re making tacos. 

You can use this seasoning in other foods too, like chili or burgers.

What are your go-to Trader Joe’s seasonings?

Which one do you stock up on in fear that TJ’s will decide to discontinue it?


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  1. Mary Whited says:

    What happened to dill seasoning? It was so good on popcorn and salads!

  2. Mary Sahs says:

    Onion Salt. May sound boring but it’s surprisingly amazing. South African Smoke. Exciting! I choose not tylive without either of these.

  3. Barbara Gribbons says:

    I wish you would make an everything bagel seasoning without salt. Most of the spices have to much salt. People could buy the spices and add their own salt.

  4. Alan Victor Stageberg says:

    I am especially interested in the citrus-garlic seasoning and the herbs de Provence but there’s nowhere near to buy them.

  5. Becky says:

    I am a huge fan of Trader Joe spices. 21 Spice is to die for. Adds zip to anything. Love the Dill Pickle Spice. A favorite for egg salad, a quick aioli for fish etc. You can find something different to add all of the TJ spices to.

  6. Julie says:

    Aglio olio
    For pasta dishes, baked potatoes, eggs and mashed potatoes. The best new addition to cooking front Trader Joes.

  7. Brawn says:

    Trader Joe’s seasonings are my weakness too! 😅 Seriously, who can resist the allure of those spice aisles? Love the breakdown of flavors here – I’m eyeing the Everything but the Bagel and Ranch blends for my next haul. What’s your ultimate go-to?

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  9. Janet says:

    I’m boycotting any seasonings. You’re right they discontinue all the good ones. I’m still fuming about the lemon pepper with real lemon rind in the grinder that they nixed. I also disagree, most of these weirdo ones will end up in the cupboard four years later, hardly used with icky, dusty, greasy tops, then they’ll get tossed.

  10. Francisco says:

    You missed Ajika Georgian! Just hope it hasn’t been discontinued.

  11. Courtney says:

    That taco seasoning is my secret ingredient in my chili recipe! It does have a kick, but extra cheese and sour cream help for my kids and it’s not as spicy the next day. But yeah, I’ve “won” chili cook offs at work and among friends and I credit this!

  12. Marina says:

    Dill pickle & ranch on popcorn

  13. Nora says:

    You forgot seasoning in a pickle. It works on almost everything! And everything but the leftovers. These are my go to seasonings for my famous roasted TJs Brussels sprouts.

  14. Dienia b says:

    I adore the Japanese seasoning I just bought my second bottle I use it in ramen cup of soup and imitation poke bowl which is just imitation crab green onions red onions sesame oil and cucumber wicked good