The Famous Seafood Seasoning Recipe

The Famous Seafood Seasoning Recipe

The Colonel's Kitchen 2

"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 ol' 'trial and error' saved the day. The original Old Bay® 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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15 m servings 1 cals
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Original recipe yields 180 servings



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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  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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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 favorit...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

I have made this a couple times and never printed the recipe. I was worried when I did not see it at first today. It is a great recipe and I would hate to be without it in my pantry.

I didn't have celery seed or cardamom, so I made it without them. I also accidentally put in too much cinnamon, but this was still really delicious. I used it to make crab dip and it was awesome...

I made this according to the recipe, but the finished product didn't look nearly as red as the picture or the OBSS I had on the shelf. I wonder if there shouldn't be more paprika?

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 :)

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