Bay Seasoning Blend

Not a secret any more…

Since I’m pretty much featuring seasoning blends this week, I might as well share one for shrimp. Actually, this is great on all seafood and vegetables and any other thing you like to use Bay Seasoning on. It has a different taste I think but to me it’s more pleasing.

I like to sprinkle it on foods like this shrimp before and after cooking. Use it in marinades; add it to soups, stews and of course, gumbo. Stuffed crab, crab cakes, shrimp and crawfish boulettes, oyster and fish bisques, dressed fish, lobster, steamed crabs – you name it – this is an all-purpose fish and seafood seasoning blend. Enjoy!

Bay Seasoning Blend

3 tablespoons celery seed
3 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoons sweet Hungarian paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
18 small bay leaves
8 whole cloves
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste

    Place all in a spice grinder or food processor with a metal blade. Process for several minutes until well blended. Store in a tightly sealed container.

    Note: this mixture does not contain salt, add according to your recipe.

    11 thoughts on “Bay Seasoning Blend

    1. pegasuslegend

      Wow this is a true secret alright, I never knew about the hungarian paprika and allspice too! I tasted the cinnamon never got this quit right…what a great friend to share this with us! Awesome recipe for these beautiful shrimps!

    2. kathyvegas

      I love a big bowl of large shrimp crusted with Old Bay but sometimes the Old Bay is too salty if you use a heavy hand with it….you've solved my problem! Now I can really coat fish & seafood without making myself thirsty for the next 2 days….thank you for this!

    3. Mae

      Ooo! This is so totally useful! The premade mixes get so bland over time and they throw in sugar and salt which is so not cool. Thank you for this!!


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