DIY {Copy Cat} Old Bay Seasoning Recipe

Copy Cat Old Bay Seasoning Recipe

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted one of my DIY Spice Mixes, but after finding some halibut in the freezer, I decided to whip up a batch of my copy cat version of Old Bay Seasoning.

This spice mix is perfect with pretty much any kind of seafood and is a must have around here when we have salmon or crab.

Here is my recipe:


2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground celery seed
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg {I like to buy mine whole and grate it as needed}
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl until well-combined. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place.

Be sure and check out my recipes for Allspice, Ranch Dressing,  Pumpkin Pie Spice, Hot Chocolate Mix, Italian Seasoning, Taco Seasoning as well.

Looking for a way to store your spices? Amazon has plenty of spice racks in stock.


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  1. Robin says

    I’ve loved all your DIY spice mixes. Thanks for posting these. I’ve pinned them all and this one will be added to the collection. Growing your own herbs, chili’s etc really saves me a ton of money plus I love not having to run to the store just to buy a spice mix. And I can control the heat level in our chili powder mixes.

  2. Allison Harvey says

    Thanks for that we came to the USA last year for a holiday,(eight years saving) Old Bay seasoning was one of the things I brought back with me as it is £12($17) as tin here!
    With the weather warming up it is getting to be BBQ time so I will whip a batch of this up, as I cannot afford to come and get the real thing for another seven years!
    Many thanks again for your inspiration.

  3. Mary Griffin says

    Hi Mavis,
    I am new to your website and I really enjoy it. I wanted to know if you have a copy-cat for Slap ya Mama cajun spice?
    Thanks, Mary

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