Trader Joe's Umami Spice Blend Rivals Shopper Favorite Everything But the Bagel

TJ's new seasoning is coming in hot (or, shall we say, umami). But how do you use this magical mushroom concoction?


Danielle Daly

Trader Joe's nails flavor trends and solutions to kitchen conundrums so well that it's not uncommon for its products to gain a well-deserved cult following. A prime example is its Everything But the Bagel Seasoning: There are nearly 40,000 posts about it on Instagram. What often makes its products such a tremendous success is that they're able to breathe new life into quick-to-cook dishes that are prone to getting tired.

Their recent spice release is no different. The Mushroom and Company Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend is made from a divine mixture of kosher salt, dried porcini and white button mushrooms, dried onion, mustard seed, red and black pepper, and thyme. Once you taste it, you're going to want to sprinkle it on everything, which is convenient considering how flexible its flavor profile is.

What Is Umami?

Umami is often referred to as the fifth taste (in addition to sweet, salty, sour, and bitter). It's a Japanese term that translates to "pleasant savory taste," and it's really just that. Umami is the deliciously rich, meaty flavor you'll get naturally from foods like parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, soy sauce, miso, and of course, mushrooms. And for those concerned about monosodium glutamate (MSG), fear not: Because Umami occurs naturally in mushrooms, Trader Joe's has managed to capture its delicious essence without any additives.

Trader Joe's Umami Blend Uses

Umami is as versatile as they come, and a hit of TJ's magic mushroom blend will add a little "lift" to foods with zero added effort. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use it:

If you're looking for a Trader Joe's nearby, you're in luck: The chain has more than 550 locations nationwide and more stores opening this year.

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