How to Make an Old Bay-Style Seasoning Mix

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 24 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
2 Calories
0g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 198mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 2mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Make a copycat of Old Bay seasoning to store in your pantry. This seasoning is a classic mix of many different kinds of spices that are used to flavor seafood dishes. You can also mix it into mashed potatoes, vegetable dishes, and stir-fries, and it's excellent with chicken as well. Try it on simple pan-fried pork chops, 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. And it's fun to make it yourself.

This mix will keep about six months stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Remember to never store spices near the stove, because the heat makes them lose potency more quickly. Store them in the dark, since sunlight—especially direct sunlight—can affect the flavor as well.

And make sure to label any spice or seasoning mix, or any homemade mix for that matter, with the name of the mix, the date it was made, and the date it should be discarded. Mixes can all look alike when several are stored together.


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  • 1 tablespoon ground dried bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

  3. Use with seafood or chicken. Store remainder in an airtight container and store in a cool place.


  • You can sometimes find ground bay leaf in your supermarket, but you may have to grind it yourself. Be sure to use dried bay leaves, not fresh, because they grind more easily and completely grind to a powder. The stiff spine in the center of the bay leaf can injure your esophagus if you swallow it, but if it's reduced to a powder that risk is eliminated.
  • It will take 15 large bay leaves to result in 1 tablespoon of ground bay leaf. And it's a great way to use those broken bay leaves that are in the container.