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This version of Old Bay seasoning mix is a bit different from other 'Old Bay' recipes online. "Old Bay's appeal lies in its marriage of sweet paprika, dried mustard, and varying amounts of celery seed, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and other (undisclosed) spices. ... The seasoning sticks to the shells and flavors the meat with a tangy spice that lingers on your lips and tongue and turns your fingers orange-red." [1]

My Old Bay Seasoning Mix

1 T bay leaves, ground

2 1/2 tsp celery salt

1 1/2 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp white pepper

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp allspice

1 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp cardamom


 This is a classic mix with many different kinds of spices - clearly. You most likely have them all in your spice rack! It's fun to make it yourself! You can mix this into mashed potatoes, vegetable dishes, and stir-fries. Chicken, Seafood, and Pan-fried pork chops make excellent candidates for this rub... or mix it with sour cream to make an appetizer dip! You can change the amounts and proportions of the ingredients in this recipe to your liking. If you like spicy foods, use more of the dry mustard and crushed red pepper flakes. If you prefer a smokier flavor, use smoked paprika and increase the amount. This recipe can be doubled or tripled if you use a lot of this type of seasoning. [1][2]

This mix will keep about 6 months stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Remember to never store spices near the stove or in the sun, because the heat/sun-light makes them lose potency quickly. [1]


Wang, Yue. "My Old Bay Seasoning Mix." TPA Wellness, TPA Wellness Blog, 3 July 2019,
Larsen, Linda. “How to Make 15-Minute Easy Old Bay Seasoning Mix.” The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Eats, 20 May 2019,

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