Rating: 4.22 stars
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
180
Yield:
1 cup
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Ingredients

180
Original recipe yields 180 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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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Nutrition Facts

1 calories; carbohydrates 0.1g; fat 0.1g; sodium 245.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (17)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2011
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! Read More
(20)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/26/2019
Reduced recipe, omitted cardamon added Creole seasoning. Read More
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2011
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! Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
05/08/2012
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. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2013
It's good. Wondering why this one has no mace like the the Actual OLD BAY SEASONING Recipe that is posted. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2013
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. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2017
I could have sworn I had some Old Bay Seasoning before I started cooking my etouffe but alas I did not. So while my vegetables were simmering on the stove I had to scramble to come up with Plan B. This was it. As I was mixing it I was gravely concerned that my etouffe would taste like apple pie. It did not and no one besides me even knew that it wasn't Old Bay Seasoning in my dish. I'll still use Old Bay in the future because I'm too lazy to mix seasonings together if I don't have to but this was pretty close. Thank you Colonel for saving my supper! Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2013
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2016
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? Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
09/26/2019
Reduced recipe, omitted cardamon added Creole seasoning. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
05/14/2017
I started with a scant 4T of salt based on other reviews. Still way too salty for other flavor to be recognized. Read More