Inside the Spice Cabinet: Old Bay Seasoning

Inside the Spice Cabinet: Old Bay Seasoning

Kelli Foster
Oct 1, 2016
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Traditionally used to bring more flavor to seafood, Old Bay seasoning is the blend that brings a salty, tang, with a kick of heat to everything it touches.

What Is Old Bay Seasoning?

Taste: Salty, spicy
Most Popular Use: Seafood

Old Bay got its start in the Chesapeake Bay and was initially made to use on crabs. That identity stuck. It's known first and foremost as a seasoning for seafood. Much like shrimp boil (many people use it as one), it contains celery salt, allspice, mustard, bay leaves, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and paprika, among many other spices.

This zippy blend is particularly popular along the East Coat from New England, through the Mid-Atlantic, and down to the Gulf Coat.

How To Use Old Bay Seasoning

Old Bay seasoning is quite potent, with a little lingering sweetness, so it can jazz up fish or shrimp that would otherwise have a very mild taste. These days, it's use extends far beyond seafood. It can also be used to season poultry, meat, and vegetables, and is particularly good sprinkled over french fries, popcorn, and eggs.

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