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Copycat Umami Seasoning

This umami seasoning -- inspired by Trader Joe's version -- gets its savory flavor from porcini mushroom powder. It can be scaled up easily and keeps well, so make a double batch to keep on hand to use when you're looking to add a flavor boost to any dish.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: about 1/4 cup
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2 1/2 teaspoons porcini powder

2 teaspoons white mushroom powder 

2 teaspoons onion powder 

1 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes 

1 teaspoon mustard powder 

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 


  1. Combine the porcini powder, white mushroom powder, onion powder, chile flakes, mustard powder, thyme, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Transfer to an airtight container. Umami seasoning keeps up to 3 months at room temperature.
  2. Here are two of our favorite ways to use the seasoning.  
  3. Mac and Cheese: Stir 1 tablespoon umami seasoning into the cheese sauce from your favorite boxed mac and cheese before you toss it with the pasta.  
  4. Popcorn: Pop a 3.5-ounce package of natural microwave plain popcorn. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon umami seasoning.