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Easy Homemade Old Bay Seasoning

homemade Old Bay Seasoning
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A popular Maryland staple, Old Bay seasoning is available in most stores, but you can easily make homemade old bay seasoning. Here we show you how.

Old Bay seasoning is an ever-popular American favorite that adds that little extra to fish, poultry, soups, and roasted vegetables. The Old Bay blend of spices typically includes salt, red and black pepper, celery seed, mustard, paprika, cinnamon, and ginger to name a few. It has long been used to season crab cakes, grilled shrimp, fish, fries, and chicken, but you can honestly just add this wonderful spice blend to virtually anything you choose.

Homemade Old Bay Seasoning Recipe

Ground spices are best for your Old Bay seasoning recipe.
Ground spices are best for your Old Bay seasoning recipe. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / babawawa)

You’ll need the following ingredients to make homemade Old Bay seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp celery salt
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch dry mustard
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cardamom
  • 1 pinch allspice
  • 1 pinch cloves
  • 1 pinch ginger

Make sure that your chosen spices are either all powdered or all ground, as this will make it easier to create an even and consistent blend of Old bay seasoning. Then all you need to do is mix together all of your ingredients in a bowl before putting your homemade Old Bay seasoning in a container with a firm, tight-fitting lid. A glass jar with a screw-top lid will suffice or better yet, an old salt shaker could be repurposed. When stored correctly in a cool and dry place, your homemade Old Bay seasoning should last three months before it starts to lose its flavor.

Using Homemade Old Bay Seasoning

Homemade Old Bay seasoning is great on shrimp.
Homemade Old Bay seasoning is great on shrimp. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / RitaE)

Old Bay seasoning works best with seafood, but you might want to play around with it a little and consider adding it to sweet corn, gumbo, gazpacho, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, or sprinkled on salad. A dash of Old Bay seasoning is great in soups and stews, sauces, dips, hummus, and mayo. Homemade fries and tortilla chips can be sprinkled with a little Old Bay seasoning for a spicy flavor boost. You might even consider adding it to your stuffing. You get the idea – homemade Old Bay seasoning is easy to make and is truly versatile, so give it a shot.

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