Old Bay Shrimp Salad

Bring on the Bay love. Earthy and ever-so-lightly spicy, Old Bay seasoning delivers a delicious punch to the traditional. Old Bay shrimp salad is a go-to if you love that earthy Chesapeake flavor (like we do). It adds a much more memorable touch to a light lunch.

Old Bay shrimp salad
Old Bay shrimp salad, over a bed of lettuce. It’s a perfect light lunch.

Old Bay packs a mild paprika-level heat, and even that is subdued as it’s part of a larger seasoning blend. Think more a warmth than actually spiciness here. It’s perfectly fine to serve to nearly anyone, no matter their spicy food preference. But if you want a little more, add in a pinch of cayenne pepper powder to the Old Bay. Cayenne provides a strong medium-level heat (30,000 to 50,000 Scoville heat units), so start with a pinch and move up from there. You can add more in as needed.

We love this salad’s versatility as a meal. Serve it as a light lunch over a bed of lettuce, as a sandwich or wrap, or simply with some crackers as a tasty appetizer. Any way you serve it, it won’t stay on the plate long.

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Old Bay shrimp salad

Old Bay Shrimp Salad

With a delicious Chesapeake flavor
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Meal
Servings 8 servings
Calories 188 kcal


  • 2 pounds medium shrimp unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup celery minced
  • 1/3 cup onion minced
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Old Bay seasoning + 1 teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper


  • Fill a large pot with water and add in 1/4 cup Old Bay seasoning. Bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the shrimp to the boiling water and cook until the shrimp turn pink (approximately 2 minutes).
  • Remove shrimp from the water and allow them to cool for 2 to 3 minutes. Peel and devein the shrimp, then chop the shrimp into small pieces.
  • Place the chopped shrimp in a mixing bowl and add in the celery, onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and the remaining teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover the bowl and chill for 1 to 2 hours prior to serving.
  • Serve as a wrap, as a sandwich, atop lettuce, or with crackers.


Calories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 24gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 290mgSodium: 946mgPotassium: 132mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 190mgIron: 3.2mg
Keyword Old Bay
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on May 9, 2024 to include new content.
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