‘Old bay’ seasoning was created in Maryland for local restaurants which served freshly caught crabs. Generously seasoned with salt and spices these crabs compelled the visitors to order more beer.
My homemade seasoning is much milder with no added salt, which I rely like because I can control the saltiness of my stews and stocks.
This very aromatic seasoning enhances the taste and the flavor of shrimps, fish and other seafood.
I like adding my homemade ‘Old Bay’ Seasoning not only to fish and seafood, but also to some egg dishes, potatoes, chicken, pork, salads, and breads (focaccia, dinner rolls, corn bread, savory muffins, etc.).
Homemade Old Bay Seasoning
- 2 tbsp ground bay leaf
- 2 tbsp celery seed or ground celery seed
- 1 tbsp dry mustard
- 1 tbsp sweet paprika
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- ½ – 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes or ½ – 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp white pepper
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cardamom
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Mix all the ingredients. Store in a tightly closed container.
Cook with pleasure!