Categories:Herbs, Spices and Seasoning Hints & Tips
Questions and Answers – Old Bay Seasoning Recipe
Really like your site! Provides lots of fantastic variety to our routine weekly family menus. Thanks a lot! From you biographical info, I see you are in Oregon. I thought the “Old Bay seasoning” called for in the crab cakes must be regional, but since I am in Forks, Washington, I must just not know this seasoning. Where can I find it, and is there a suggested substitute? – Doug Ferris (11/6/99)
Check with your grocery store manager — Old Bay Seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that is marketed in the United States by McCormick & Company, and produced in Maryland. Often Old Bay Seasoning is found in the seafood section or with the gourmet spices.
If you can not find Old Bay Seasoning, following is a recipe:
1 tablespoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
6 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon whole cardamoms
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
4 whole cloves
1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
1/4 teaspoon mace
In a spice grinder or small food processor, combine all of the ingredients. Grind well and store in a small glass jar. Best if used within 6 months (date your jar).