The Famous Seafood Seasoning Recipe


This seafood seasoning recipe 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 patience, perseverance, and good ol' trial and error saved the day. The original Old Bay Seasoning was invented in the 1940s 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 been used in other food areas, such as poultry and salads.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
1 cup


  • 6 ⅓ tablespoons salt

  • 3 ⅔ tablespoons ground celery seed

  • 2 ½ teaspoons dry mustard powder

  • 2 ½ teaspoons red pepper flakes, ground

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground bay leaves

  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Mix salt, celery seed, mustard powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, bay leaves, paprika, cloves, allspice, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon together in a bowl until thoroughly combined.

  2. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1 Calories
0g Fat
0g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 180
Calories 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 246mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 4mg 0%

* 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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