Homemade Old Bay Seasoning

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Old Bay is one of those magic spice mixes – a complex combination of many flavors that comes out on the other side as something singularly delicious. It’s simple enough to pick up Old Bay at any store (and we highly recommend keeping a bulk amount around as we do). But if you’re the type that loves to concoct in the kitchen, making your own homemade Old Bay seasoning is simple and fun too.

Homemade Old Bay Seasoning

It contains many spice rack staples, along with a few exotic flavors, and this recipe gets you pretty close to the flavor of the real deal. Enjoy it on seafood like Old Bay Shrimp or crab cakes. Or you can spice up your sides, like cooking up some Old Bay fries. And let’s not forget the tastiness of an Old Bay Bloody Mary on a Sunday morning. This is a very versatile spice mix.

The heat comes from paprika, crushed red pepper, and black pepper, so control your spiciness by adjusting the amount of these three.

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Homemade Old Bay Seasoning

Earthy and warm – particularly delicious on shellfish and vegetables
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Seasoning
Servings 32 servings
Calories 4 kcal



  • With a mortar and pestle, crush the bay leaves and crushed red pepper into a powder.
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.


Calories: 4kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 437mgPotassium: 14mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 130IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword Crushed Red Pepper, Paprika
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on November 29, 2022 to include new content.
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