Old Bay Substitute

Old Bay Substitute

When I wanted to make my Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (how’s that for a teaser?!) I wanted to use some Old Bay Seasoning. Well, I have some at home (probably ancient – I DO live in the Midwest, after all) but none here at the folk’s. In the middle of nowhere. In South Dakota. It’s rather dry here, not to mention landlocked with very few lakes.

Old Bay Seasoning Substitute

Old Bay Seasoning Substitute


Rather than run into the city, I thought I’d try my hand at my own blend – and ended up pretty pleased. I don’t have any actual Old Bay on hand to compare, but this is a super nice blend. I basically went down the list on the back of an Old Bay can and used a little common sense on the amounts.

I used a mix of whole (I keep a lot of spices I don’t use often in whole form because they retain their flavor) and dried and then just ground it all up in what I assume might be my Step Sister’s Coffee Grinder. (Sorry Sis!! I feel bad but it was for a good cause!)

Old Bay Seasoning Substitute

Old Bay Seasoning Substitute

I keep a grinder at home just for spices so the flavors don’t carry over to the morning coffee. But I did clean the grinder out well by tapping it out and then grinding up several pieces of bread, then giving it all a wipe with a damp cloth and leaving it open to air. Hope that does the trick! We’ll see!!

So are you a big user of Old Bay? What do you use it on or in? I’m pretty inspired by this buzzfeed article. And of course, I welcome any comments or suggestions on this blend.

Old Bay Seasoning Substitute

Old Bay Seasoning Substitute

Old Bay Seasoning

  • Servings: abt 3 tablespoons
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (use less if using table salt)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon bay leaves (this took about 7 or so leaves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Good pinch of cinnamon

Grind whole spices, mix all spices together. Store in a small, airtight jar away from the light. Makes about 3 tablespoons.

from the kitchen of www.frugalhausfrau.com

If you’d like to see more of my spice & herb blends, check out Spice, Herb & Flavor Packet Substitutes. I’m adding as I go along!


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29 thoughts on “Old Bay Substitute

      • I know JUST what you mean about the midwest – I remember hearing all about Chipotle pepper, Panko and any number of ingredients we couldn’t get here w/o a heck of a lot of searching anyway, long before they were in the store! But then, every time I’m in a really big city, it’s such a relief to come home! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  1. You know Mollie, yours in much healthier. I have never read the ingredient list on Old Bay, but it probably has anti-caking agents… I love making my own spice blends. This will be pinned! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you. It looks like a good recipe. I don’t have any Old Bay in the house either and have omitted it in the past from recipes that call for it. I keep intending to make some. 🙂

  3. This looks very good Mollie! I love to get recipes for different spice blends and this one looks very different than any blend I have used before so i am pinning it for trying out sometime. Does this go well with seafood only?

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