If you haven’t tried Trader Joe’s seasoning blends then you must! Cooking with these spices has been the ultimate kitchen saver for me! You can sprinkle this stuff on anything! Literally anything.
Each Trader Joe’s seasoning blend is unique and holds the right balance of salt and flavor. Since Covid-19, I shop there once a week for leafy greens, and of course their seasoning blends.
If you love cooking or if you want something to spice up your snack life, I have compiled this list of the best-tasting seasonings and how to use them.
1. Mushroom & Company Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend
This is by far Trader Joe’s best seasoning blend. I love its versatility and its earthiness. As a vegetarian, mushrooms make up about 30% of my diet.
This umami blend is perfect. The mushroom flavor of the blend isn’t overpowering as one might think. The spice blend brings out flavors in mushroom-based soups and mushrooms in general.
Use this blend when sauteeing mushrooms, veggies, onions, and garlic. You can also use this blend to add intensity in soup, stock, and broth.
For Asian inspired dishes, it makes stir-fry and fried-rice pop.
Ingredients: kosher salt, dried onions, ground mustard seed, porcini mushroom powder, white button mushroom powder, crushed red pepper, black pepper, dried thyme.
2. Everything But the Elote Seasoning Blend
This seasoning is the ultimate snack seasoning! I don’t cook with this but I do use this on corn. This blend is spicy with hints of sour cream notes and tanginess. The blend is creamy and tastes like a party in your mouth.
If you try this blend on popcorn you will become addicted! If you don’t like popcorn, sprinkle on tacos. Add on breadsticks before popping them in the oven. And of course you can make elote corn. This blend works well on anything that is cheesy and festive.
Ingredients: cane sugar, sea salt, cornflour, chile pepper, parmesan cheese (milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes, disodium phosphate), chipotle powder, natural flavor, citric acid (acidulant), dried cilantro, organic rice fiber, cumin powder.
3. BBQ Rub and Seasoning with Coffee & Garlic
I love the shape of this container. It reminds me of coffee, but it doesn’t taste like coffee. The coffee in this brings the garlic flavor out. It is deep and robust and slightly sweet. This bbq rub is a great dry rub.
This seasoning is mainly used for meats but you can use this seasoning on vegetarian and vegan cuisine as well.
While cooking or sauteing, I find that it works well on starchy vegetables. Eggplant, carrot, sweet potatoes, jackfruit, and beans go well with this rub.
If you use this on meat, use on chicken thighs and ribs.
Ingredients: coffee, brown sugar, sea salt, sugar, roasted garlic and onion flakes, smoked paprika flakes, red bell pepper, clemengold rind, paprika oil (color)
4. Everything but the Bagel Sesame Blend
When I purchased this seasoning, I didn’t know how fast I would use this. This seasoning tastes just like the everything bagel without the simple carbs and fat! I didn’t cook with this but I used this seasoning to add extra flavor for food that comes across bland or plain.
Sprinkle this on toast, avocado toast, cold pasta, and mix in with salad dressings.
Ingredients: sesame seeds, sea salt flakes, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, black sesame seeds, poppy seeds
5. Vegan Chicken-less Seasoning Salt
Although this blend doesn’t taste like chicken, it does have a familiar poultry taste that reminds me of childhood. I mainly use this spice to fry up tofu or mushrooms. Be aware it is kind of salty, a little goes a long way.
Use this on tofu, fried mushrooms, seitan, poultry, and jackfruit.
Ingredients: sea salt, onion powder, spices, turmeric, garlic powder