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The Famous Seafood Seasoning Recipe
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The Famous Seafood Seasoning Recipe

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"This one really wasn't that hard to crack ... The ingredients are printed on the container! The only difficult part was working out the correct ratios for each spice, or herb... But patient perseverance, and good 'ole 'trial and error' saved the day. The original seasoning was invented in the 1940's by an American-German immigrant named Gustav Brunn. Initially, it was intended only for use on crab meat (as there was plenty of it in the Chesapeake Bay area where Gustav lived!), but in the last decade or so, it's used in other food areas, such as poultry and salads."

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  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. Mix the salt, celery seed, dry mustard powder, red pepper, black pepper, bay leaves, paprika, cloves, allspice, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container.
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Nov 27, 2011

Pretty close...I am missing the cardamom, so that is probably what is lacking here. My husband started cooking shrimp, but we ran out of Chesapeake Bay Seasoning. I decided to check my favorite recipe website and this is the only one I could find. We will definitely be making it again--with all of the ingredients next time. Thanks for posting this recipe!

May 08, 2012

Used celery salt instead of celery seed and salt. Did not have ground cardamom on hand. Eliminated red pepper flakes for the children. Good 1st try, but wonder if it would be better if/when I add cardamom to the mix. Used these seasonings in "Captain Duarte's Salt Cod Cakes" instead of Old Bay Seasoning. Its nice to have an alternative to running out to the store on short notice. Yes, thank you for posting.

Sep 29, 2013

It's good. Wondering why this one has no mace like the the Actual OLD BAY SEASONING Recipe that is posted.

Nov 01, 2013

This is close! I didn't have ground bay leaves so it ran some through my spice mill. Then the rest looked too coarse so I ran the whole thing through the spice mill. I'm thinking the flavors may blend a bit more after being stored together for a while.

Nov 01, 2013

I think it’s a little salty, and to get the same texture as Old Bay, it probably should be put into the blender to grind up the red pepper flakes. Other than that, it definitely is reminiscent of the real deal, Old Bay.

Apr 18, 2015

This is excellent! My sweetheart and I are getting health conscious so it's nice to find recipes to our favourite seasoning blends where we can control the salt. Thank you for posting :)

Dec 30, 2013

Tastes pretty good to me!

Dec 18, 2013

Used this for shrimp when it was too cold out to grill. Gave the shrimp a good favor. Will use it again.


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  • Calories
  • 1 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 246 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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