Today I ran into a dilemma.
Somehow my local grocery store was out of Old Bay seasoning.
I’ll spare you the story (because I’m sure you want to make the seasoning yourself and that’s why you came here.
How to make Old Bay seasoning at home
It’s quite easy. You need lots of spices a mini food processor (or a blender with a dry blender cup) and that’s about it.
With these few things you can make a pretty good Old Bay seasoning substitute.
Ingredients in homemade Old Bay seasoning
Old Bay boasts that it has 18 spices in it. While I was never going to figure it out, I did get pretty darn close with 11.
I didn’t quite get 18 spices, but my blend uses the following spices:
- Celery Salt
- Black Pepper
- Bay leaves
- Ground mustard seed
- Ground Nutmeg
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
Is Old Bay seasoning gluten-free?
Old Bay seasoning (and this homemade version) are both thankfully gluten free!
What can you use it on?
Old Bay has so many uses. The most obvious is seafood. You can also use it on burgers, in bloody mary’s, grilled fruit, and more.
It has tons of uses, and once you’re able to make your own, the possibilities are endless.
Get the full recipe below. It’s easy enough to make your own spice mixes at home (and you know what’s in them)!
Make sure you pin the recipe in case you’re ever in a pinch!Print