Food & Recipes

8 Unique Ways To Cook With Old Bay Seasoning

It's basically a miracle seasoning. What's your favorite way to use Old Bay in a recipe?

Before living in the D.C. area, I’d never tried Old Bay Seasoning. However, I quickly learned about its cult-like following in the Mid-Atlantic, where the spice blend is sprinkled on succulent blue crabs and many other foods. Not surprisingly, Old Bay’s popularity has spread beyond being a regional favorite. There’s even an “Old Bay Nation” fan page on the seasoning company’s site.

Old Bay was started by Gustav Brunn, a German spice maker who escaped the Nazis and immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1930s with his hand-cranked spice maker in his suitcase. Brunn settled in Baltimore and created the addictive seasoning, best known for its use on crab, shrimp, lobster and chicken. Old Bay takes its name from a defunct Chesapeake Bay steamship line, and McCormick now owns the brand.

And though it’s popular on the East Coast, as the Old Bay Instagram shows, it’s for anyone “who needs some spice in their life”: