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The Famous Seafood Seasoning Recipe

The Colonel's Kitchen

"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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Ingredients

15 m servings 1 cals
Original recipe yields 180 servings (1 cup)

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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.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 1 calorie; 0.1 g fat; 0.1 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 246 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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...

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I started with a scant 4T of salt, based on other reviews. Still way too salty for other flavor to be recognized.

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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...

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

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 ...

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 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 P...

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 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?

I started with a scant 4T of salt, based on other reviews. Still way too salty for other flavor to be recognized.

I've made this, used this and love this. Wife likes the flavor as well