How to Make Old Bay Seasoning

How to Make Old Bay Seasoning

How to Make Old Bay Seasoning is a classic mix of many distinct kinds of spices that are used to flavor seafood dishes. You can also mix it into mashed potatoes, vegetable, and stir-fries, and it’s excellent with chicken as well. Try it on simply pan-fried pork chops, or mix it with sour cream to make an appetizer dip.

You can change the quantity and proportions of the ingredients in this recipe to your liking. If you like very spicy foods, use more of the dry mustard and crushed red pepper flakes. If you prefer a smokier flavor, use smoked paprika and raise the amount. This recipe can be double up or tripled if you use a lot of this type of seasoning. And it’s fun to make it yourself!

This mix will keep about 7 months stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Remember to never store spices near the stove, because the heat makes them lose potency hastier, and store them in the dark, particularly direct sunlight, can affect the flavor as well.

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Bay seafood seasoning is a fabulous blend of herbs and spice to sprinkle on everything from shrimp, to roasted potatoes and corn on the cobb. It even makes a wondrous addition to salad dressings.

We use Old Bay a ton in the summer months because the strong note of bay leaves and baking spices offers tantalizing contrast to summer flavors.

And best of all, Old Bay is simple to make at home.

Steps to Make It


1 tablespoon ground dried bay leaves
2 teaspoons celery salt
1-1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
Add1-1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
Add1 teaspoon ground celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
Or add 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Add1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Or add1/8 teaspoon ground mace
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
And 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

Steps to Make It

Step 1

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container and store in a very cool place. Use with seafood or any chicken.

Step 2

If you want to make this with fresh spices you grind yourself, use this recipe for Whole Spice Old Bay Seasoning Mix. And, as always, adjust the spices to your favorite taste.

Step 3

You can sometimes find ground bay in your supermarket, but you may have to grind it only yourself. Convinced to use dried bay leaves, not fresh, because they grind more easily, and completed grind to a powder. The stiff spine in the center of the bay leaf can injure your esophagus if you swallow it, but if it’s reduced to a powder that danger is eliminated.

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