Seafood recipes scream for a healthy dose of Old Bay Seasoning. If you don’t have that iconic tin hanging around the house, don’t fret. You can mix up your own with ingredients you probably already have in your cabinet. Plus, it’s always better to make your own spice blends because then you can adjust the heat according to your tastes.

Old Bay Seasoning is the most beloved spice blends of the Mid-Atlantic, the South, and through parts of New England and the Gulf Coast — and for a good reason. It’s the perfect way to kick your seafood up a notch. But if you think it’s only for fish dishes, you’re missing out. Have some fun with it! Try it as a popcorn topper, add a pinch to melon slices, or sprinkle on top of your dinner rolls before baking. Rim the glass of your next Bloody Mary, dash it on roasted vegetables or deviled eggs, or mix it with goat cheese for a fancy cracker spread.

Try Old Bay in this quirky Pickle Soup recipe.

Beyond the traditional crab boil, you’ll finds all kinds of uses for this versatile spice blend:

Old Bay Seasoning Recipe


  • 5 tsp dry/ground mustard seed
  • 5 tsp ground celery seed
  • 1.5 tbsp ground bay leaves
  • 4 tsp dried parley flakes
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

What else you will need:

  • 1 small (4-6 ounce) airtight jar


  1. Add all ingredients to jar and shake until combined.

Also see, Easy bone broth soup.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.