Old Bay Seasoning comprises of 18 different spices and herbs. The main ingredients include celery salt, which is a mix of salt and celery seed, black pepper, red pepper and paprika.
The McCormick & Company keeps the exact Old Bay Seasoning recipe secret. A similar taste can be achieved by mixing celery salt, ground bay leaves, black pepper, paprika and dry mustard together. A pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves must be added for accurate flavor.
Old Bay Seasoning has been popular for more than 70 years. Originating in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland, it has since spread across the nation and is used primarily for flavoring seafood such as crab and shrimp. It was first called Delicious Brand Shrimp and Crab Seasoning, but was later changed to Old Bay, named after a steamship line in New England. Packaged in a distinctive yellow and blue rectangular tin, it can be purchased from most supermarkets.
The original seasoning has a zesty and versatile flavor that can be enjoyed on most meats, vegetables, potatoes, and soups. Several additional products are also available for purchase such as Old Bay rub, cocktail sauce, and less sodium seasoning. Many people use the seasoning in place of traditional salt and pepper.