How to Make Old Bay Seasoning

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Old Bay Seasoning

You can make this Old Bay Seasoning recipe using ingredients already in your pantry. The yellow and blue Old Bay Seasoning tin has become an iconic classic in the Chesapeake Bay region, though it can be difficult to find in some areas.

Named after a steamship line that traveled the Chesapeake Bay between Maryland and Virginia, Old Bay Seasoning has been spicing up seafood dishes for over 70 years. While it is best known in shrimp and crab dishes, it can be used "on everything else", according to the manufacturer.[1] Old Bay is used by restaurant cooks as well as home chefs. Red Lobster uses Old Bay Seasoning in recipes like Red Lobster Rice Pilaf, Shrimp Salsa, and Shrimp Diablo. Joe's Crab Shack's Garlic Herb and BBQ Crab Legs both include Old Bay seasoning mix.

Start to finish: 10 minutes (Active time: 10 minutes)

Makes: 1/4 cup

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Offered by Old Bay, Inc.[1]
Customer service phone 800-632-5847[2]
Served as Seasoning for seafood, poultry, meats, and salads
Main ingredients Bay leaves, celery salt, dry mustard
Cooking method Mixing
Similar to J.O. No. 1 Brand Seafood Seasoning[3]
Author Julie Clark

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Old Bay Seasoning Ingredients

Recipe by CopycatRecipeGuide's Food Editors

Old Bay Seasoning Recipe

  1. Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.[8]
  2. Gently stir the mixture to evenly distribute all spices.[4]
  3. Pour seasoning mix into a container.

Shrimp Recipe Using Old Bay Seasoning

Chef Tony Matasse at prepares a shrimp recipe on the grill. Adapt this recipe to include Copycat Old Bay Seasoning for a taste of the Chesapeake Bay.


  • This recipe can be doubled, which would allow you to store the excess for future recipes requiring Old Bay Seasoning.
  • The shelf life of herbs and spices can vary from one year to three depending on how the product is handled and stored.[9] When making Old Bay Seasoning, be sure to use fresh ingredients to ensure you get maximum flavor. Some seasoning manufacturers, such as McCormick, have expiration dates printed on their bottles. If you find spices in your pantry sans expiration dates, or ones that you've bought in bulk and packaged yourself, there are a few simple ways to determine if your herbs and spices still pack their original flavor.
    • Storage - The best way to maintain the freshness of your Old Bay Seasoning is to store it in an airtight container and place it somewhere that is cool, dark, and dry.[10] Small glass spice jars and tin canisters are excellent containers for storing spices. [10]
    • Color - Freshly ground herbs and spices retain their vibrant color. Examine your herbs. If the color looks a bit dull, most likely they will have lost some of their flavor as well.[9]
    • Aroma - Take a sample of the herb in question, rub it between your fingers, and then smell the crushed herb. If the aroma is weak, then it is time to replace it.[9]
    • Handling - When adding the Old Bay Seasoning to food that is cooking, avoid sprinkling it directly from the bottle into a steaming pot. Exposing the unused Old Bay Seasoning mix to moisture and heat can cause it to lose flavor faster.[9]

Also See: How to Make Red Lobster Seafood Paella, How to Make Red Lobster Batter Fried Shrimp, How to Make Texas Roadhouse Rib Seasoning, How to Make Montreal Steak Seasoning, How to Make The Ninety Nine's Panko Crusted Cod


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