Old Bay Seasoning

Old Bay Seasoning

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 5Tablespoons
  • About This Recipe

    “Great Seasoning with sea food.”


  • 1tablespooncelery seed
  • 1tablespoonwhole black peppercorn
  • 6bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoonwhole cardamom pod
  • 1/2 teaspoonmustard seeds
  • 4wholecloves
  • 1teaspoonsweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoonmace
  • Directions

  • Place ingredients in a spice grinder or small food processor-grind well.
  • Store in a small glass.
  • Reviews

  • “I’ve several recipes calling for Old Bay Seasoning, which I haven’t been able to find where I live. I’ve made the same recipes without and with your Old Bay Seasoning mix and what a difference! I’m now planning to make small jars of this seasoning to give as gifts for Christmas. Thankyou for a great recipe.”

  • “Miss Annie!Thanks for posting such a wonderful recipe for Old Bay.It’s not available in Australia and trying to explain the taste to my husband was difficult at best.For him to taste it…he thought it was terrific! My crab cakes came out very well with this seasoning added in!”

  • “I usually buy Old Bay Seasoning from the store, but tonight I mixed this up because we were out. I used it to season catfish, and it tasted so delicious and much fresher than the store-bought blend. Thanks for sharing.”

  • “We also have no idea what Old Bay Seasoning tastes like but did give it a try in Recipe #219784. The fish and this recipe were delicious! Thanks for posting.”

  • “I have to admit that I have no idea what Old Bay Seasoning really tastes like — we can’t buy it in Australia. But I did make this recipe to use in Recipe #198408. It worked beautifully. Thanks so much for posting a go-to recipe for me.”

  • “Fabulous! Tasted even better than Old Bay. Fresher spices I guess!”

  • “I have used this recipe since 2004.I don’t buy packaged seafood seasoning.It makes a wonderful Low Country Boil!”

  • “great substitute”

  • “This was a wonderful introduction to such a great seasoning.I made it to add to Recipe #8701, but I can see there being so many more uses for it.Thanks Di for sharing this keeper.”

  • “I made this seasoning so that I could make Recipe#197390 I don’t know what the commercial seasoning mix tastes like but I loved this one. Thanks for posting.”

  • “You cant get Old Bay here in Australia but I’ve bookmarked many recipes here at Zaar that list it as an ingredient. WOW…what a delight I’m so glad I found this recipe. This time around I used it for #55244 Kick A%% Fried onion rings with great results. Thanks for sharing!”

  • “This is my first time dealing with Old Bay Seasoning, had no idea as what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised, this did add flavor to the salmon I made and as meny seafood recipes on zaar use it, I am excited to use it on something else, again. I am a new fan!”

  • “A great time-saver and very tasty to boot!Thanks so much for posting this.”

  • “This recipe saved the day for me. I cant get Old Bay Seasoning in Germany and had lots of leftover seafood in the fridge to use.It added just the right amount of oomph to the chowder. Thank you so much for sharing !”

  • “I made this recipe to use with Rita L’s Crispy Tilapia (#47391), but its so good that I’m going to have to look for more recipes to use it in.BF started lingering around the kitchen door and “Mmm”ing when I mixed it up.I made a couple small changes- used only 4 bay leaves because the ones I have are HUGE and used a peppercorn mix (black, white, green and red) rather than just black pepper.I have never tasted the “real” Old Bay seasoning before, but this is fantastic!Thanks for posting.”