“It was fun and tastes amazing. I tried with and without caraway seeds. With caraway was my favorite." — Lillian, recipe tester, age 10
Add sesame seeds and caraway seeds (if using) to 8‑inch skillet. Toast over medium-low heat, stirring often with rubber spatula, until fragrant and sesame seeds turn golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn off heat. Transfer seeds to small bowl and let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
Add poppy seeds, dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, salt, and toasted seeds to small jar with tight-fitting lid. Cover jar with lid to seal and shake until combined. (Everything bagel seasoning can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 month.)
Bagels come in lots of different flavors with all sorts of toppings, but “everything” is one of the most popular flavors in the United States. It’s hard to know for sure who invented it, but one story goes that a teenager working at a bagel shop in Queens, New York, was cleaning out the oven at closing time and swept together all the toppings that had fallen off other bagels earlier in the day. He gave the combo of toasted seeds, garlic and onion bits, and salt to the baker and asked him to try to make a bagel with it and call it “everything.” The flavor took off with customers and has become one of the most iconic bagel flavors of all time.