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Old Bay Seasoning Recipe

Old Bay Seasoning
Makes: About 1/2 cup

Old Bay Seasoning is a mixture of herbs and spices traditionally used in Baltimore when steaming hard-shell crabs. Today, Old Bay is used on grilled fish, steamed shrimp, fried
chicken, french fries, and potato salad, and for vegetable dips. The exact recipe is a secret, but this is a close approximation.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons ground bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine ground bay leaves, celery salt, dry mustard, ground black pepper, ground ginger, sweet paprika, ground white pepper, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground allspice, crushed red pepper flakes, ground mace, and ground cardamom.

This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.