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Seafood Seasoning

How to make your own Old Bay style seasoning | Share

If you’ve ever eaten at one of the crab shacks or seafood houses along the American mid-Atlantic shore, you’ve likely tasted the distinct seafood seasoning that’s sprinkled on many of their menu items, including the fries.  

A Winning Combination

When Gustav Brunn fled Germany in 1937 and arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, he saw an opportunity to create a seasoning blend for the local seafood market.  Starting off with only a small spice grinder, he developed the seasoning combination that would grow in popularity under the brand name Old Bay Seasoning.  It gets its name from the Old Bay Line, that carried passengers across Chesapeake Bay in the early 1900s.

If you can’t find this distinctive yellow shaker in your local grocery store or would like to make your own blend, try out this substitute.

Seafood Seasoning

How to make your own Old Bay style seasoning
Prep Time2 minutes
Author: Kevin Lamoureux


  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground bay leaves


  • Mix all ingredients


Sprinkle on fish and seafood like Broiled Lobster Tails or even on french fries.

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