Trader Joe’s has earned a reputation for selling unique and delicious products, but one part of the store that deserves a special shout-out is their collection of spices and condiments. Because these aren’t your usual salt-and-pepper fare. Trader Joe’s spices are versatile, international, affordable, and one of the easiest ways to add variety and enhance flavor to your meals.
Spices and seasonings are, simply put, 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. Everything except the bagel sesame seasoning blend
If you love a good everything bagel but don’t always want to be burdened by a whole bagel, this will change your world. Inspired by the delicious, garlicky flavor of the beloved everything bagel, this spice blend includes salt, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and dried minced onion and garlic. This cult favorite blend enhances the flavor of…well, everything: Eggs, avocado toast, hummus, Greek yogurt-based dip, roasted vegetables, grilled chicken, soup — you name it.
2. 21 Seasoning Salute
Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute is a delightfully 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 meats, vegetables and soups, and it’s versatile enough to sprinkle over an omelet or add to a salad dressing. The best part? There are zero grams of salt, so you can reduce your sodium intake without sacrificing taste.
3. Mushroom & Company Versatile Umami Seasoning Blend
If you’re not yet familiar with umami, the delicious “fifth taste” of food, prepare to be surprised. Trader Joe’s Umami Seasoning Blend is a savory, earthy, slightly spicy blend that includes kosher salt, dried onion, mustard seeds, porcini mushroom powder, crushed red pepper, black pepper, and thyme. The flavor is a smooth, rich addition to soup broths, sauces and meat rubs, and you can also dust it over roasted veggies and pizza crust. It’s not called a “versatile mix” for nothing — versatility is valid!
4. Seasoning salt
Why use it? regular Salt when you can cool this Seasoning Salt? This all-purpose savory spice brightens the flavor of most any dish. It’s a simple one, but a mix of sea salt, diced onion and garlic, celery seed, paprika and dry mustard, and a bit of nutmeg to balance the saltiness. Use it as a base for salad dressings, sauces and meat marinades, or sub it for regular salt and pepper on roasted vegetables and scrambled eggs.
5. South African Smoke Seasoning Blend
When you’re tired of your usual rotation of spices, check out this smoky spice. It’s a delicious blend of African-grown, slow-smoked paprika and sea salt, garlic and basil. Smoky paprika gives it a bacon-like flavor, making it an excellent addition to grilled or barbecued meats, creamy pastas, and egg dishes.
6. Chili Lime Seasoning Blend
Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning Blend takes everyday food to a whole new spicy and refreshing level. Made with the power of sea salt, chile pepper, cayenne pepper and lime juice, it’s the perfect balance of spicy and citrus. Use it on tacos, salads, grilled fish, chicken or baked potatoes. Or, add a few shakes with popcorn, sliced cucumber, or fresh watermelon and mango for a lively, salty treat.
7. Onion salt
Homemade onion dip with this Trader Joe’s onion salt is easy! This delicious mix includes diced onion and garlic, along with minced onion, kosher salt, green onion, and dried chives. The possibilities of onion salt go beyond just dipping: use it to season taco meat, hamburgers or steak, sprinkle it on baked potatoes, eggs and roasted vegetables, mix it with hummus or use it to bake your own onion crackers or bread.
Originating in Egypt, this nut and spice blend is designed for bread-dipping purposes. It contains almonds, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, coriander, fennel seeds and kosher salt for a spicy, rich flavor. Go the classic route and dip a thick slice of bread in olive oil and dukkah, or add a pinch of dukkah to hummus or salad dressing for extra flavor.
9. Vegan Chicken-Less Seasoning Salt
Although Chicken salt What started as a food trend in fish and chip shops in Australia, has now taken it by storm. Trader Joe’s is bringing the craze to homes across the US with its vegan chicken-less seasoning made with salt, sea salt, onion and garlic powder, turmeric and a few other spices. It mimics the taste of chicken bouillon, but uses no animal products so our friendly herbivores can still enjoy it. Sprinkle this seasoning on some freshly made french fries or use it on any vegetarian dish!
10. Everything except Elote Seasoning Blend
There is something so comforting about a fresh ear of corn hot off the grill and marinated in spices. Now, channeling your inner self is easier than ever elotero And make delicious corn at home! Like Everything But the Bagel Blend, Everything But the Elote contains seasonings. everything You wish on yourself corn — chili peppers, Parmesan cheese, chipotle powder, cumin, dried cilantro, and a few other additions from Trader Joe’s itself. If you’re not a huge fan of corn but still love the flavor of this irresistible spice, sprinkle it over some popcorn or even chicken for a nice kick!
11. Nori Komi Furikake
We’re traveling the world with Trader Joe’s Nori Komi Furika made with dried nori seaweed, sesame seeds, salt and kelp powder. This versatile Japanese seasoning is popularly used in rice bowls and other traditional dishes such as udon and ramen, but you can mix it with some eggs, rice or popcorn. It adds a nice crunchy texture to soft foods like tofu, and sesame seeds act as the perfect aroma to let everyone in the house know you’re making something delicious.
12. Italian Style Sofrito Seasoning Blend
Rarely do you find a spice that can really do that, but Trader Joe’s has created this herbaceous and delicious spice that you can put on almost anything. It has onion, tomato, garlic, red pepper and three herbs – all you could possibly want in a seasoning. Bring the warmth of authentic Italian cooking into your kitchen by adding it to some pasta sauces, grilled meats and vegetables, and even dips and salads.
13. Cuban Style Citrusy Garlic
The name Citrusy Garlic may seem self-explanatory, but its garlic, onion, lemon, lime, cayenne and 13 other spices hit at least three taste buds and crush the palate with a combo of tangy, spicy and savory. Where TJ’s chili lime seasoning is more pepper forward, this blend turns its citrus content up to 11, testing the tongue’s tartness tolerance and brightening the aroma of anything it touches.
14. Cheesy Seasoning Blend
Upgrade everything from your main entrees to your midnight snacks with Trader Joe’s Cheesy Seasoning Blend. Made with crumbled cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, rosemary, and oregano, this flavorful condiment can add a touch of cheesy goodness to popcorn, eggs, pasta, and more.
15. Green Goddess Seasoning Blend
Give your food the green goddess treatment with this spice blend. Made with onion, salt, pepper, garlic and four green vegetables – Dried chives, dried green onions, spinach powder and dried parsley — This blend promises a kick of herbal-freshness. Add vegetables, protein, or use this seasoning to make your own Green Goddess Dressing.