Old Bay Seasoning Recipe

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:


Old Bay SeasoningOld Bay Seasoning 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).  



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