18 Recipes Using Old Bay Seasoning That All Southerners Should Know
Whenever we see that iconic yellow and blue tin, we know dinner is about to be something good. Really good. Old Bay seasoning is what Southerners like to whip out for Low Country boils, crab cakes, and shrimp dishes. We throw it in deviled eggs and top off a Bloody Mary with a few shakes. Heck, we even sprinkle it over popcorn for a nice little kick. We like to think of it as a Jack of all trades, if Jack was a man we could throw in our purse to battle bland food on-the-go.
We’ve rounded up our favorite recipes that use Old Bay seasoning—so you don’t have to. Whether you’re hosting a crab boil this summer or a tailgate this fall, these Old Bay-infused recipes are sure to please any crowd of hungry Southerners.
Shrimp and Bacon Salad Sliders
Recipe: Shrimp and Bacon Salad Sliders
You won't find a better shrimp salad for summer than this recipe. It's a fresh take on the classic dish.
Shrimp Boil Vegetable Bowls
Recipe: Shrimp Boil Vegetable Bowls
This recipe has everything you love about a classic Low Country boil, but it serves it up in an easy one-bowl meal perfect for weeknights.
Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay
Recipe: Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay
Because you can't have a crab boil without a few hearty scoops of Old Bay. It's an unspoken rule down here.
Shrimp Boil Pasta
Recipe: Shrimp Boil Pasta
We combined two Southern summer staples—pasta salad and shrimp boil—into a one-bowl meal that everyone will love.
"Frog Moore" Stew
Recipe: "Frog Moore" Stew
The Low Country classic packs a flavorful punch, loaded with red potatoes, fresh corn, smoked sausage, shrimp, and Old Bay seasoning.
Creamy Crab Dip
Recipe: Creamy Crab Dip
Fresh lump crabmeat might be the star of this easy dip recipe, but the flavor of Old Bay seasoning doesn't go unnoticed.
Grilled Clambake Foil Packets with Herb Butter
We upgraded the typical clambake with traditional Lowcountry boil ingredients: shrimp, potatoes, corn, and smoked sausage, such as Conecuh.
Classic Shrimp Cocktail
Throw that chilled shrimp ring to the curb in favor of this garlicky warmed-up rendition.
Fried Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Fried Deviled Eggs
Old Bay seasoning isn't the standout ingredient in this recipe, but it adds the perfect little kick of flavor when used in the breadcrumb mixture for these fried deviled eggs.
Recipe: Pickled Shrimp
We'll take a Mason jar full of perfectly seasoned pickled shrimp any day.
Shrimp Boil Skewers
Recipe: Shrimp Boil Skewers
Take your classic shrimp boil to the party with these crowd-pleasing skewers made for grazing.
Boiled Peanut Hummus
Recipe: Boiled Peanut Hummus
This hummus recipe is a creative take on a favorite Southern snack food. The dish comes together with old-fashioned boiled peanuts that have been seasoned with Old Bay for ultimate flavor.
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Recipe: Cajun Chicken Pasta
As always, the secret lies in the seasoning—heavily seasoned Cajun chicken, that is. For a slightly more complex flavor, we recommend switching the Cajun seasoning for Old Bay every now and then.
Crab Cakes With Lemon Rémoulade
Recipe: Crab Cakes With Lemon Rémoulade
Fresh crab meat combines with red and green bell peppers, Old Bay seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, mayonnaise, and saltine cracker crumbs. Need we say more?
Rinehart Family Lowcountry Boil
Recipe: Rinehart Family Lowcountry Boil
This recipe calls for "two cans of Old Bay seasoning," and that's the type of measurement Mama would approve of.
Old Bay Shrimp Salad
Recipe: Old Bay Shrimp Salad
Say hello to the old-school chilled shrimp salad you know and love. Simply serve a scoop over lettuce or pair with crackers—and enjoy!
Brown-Butter Crab Benedict with Old Bay Hollandaise
We didn't think Old Bay seasoning belonged at breakfast...until now.
The Southern Living Bloody Mary
Recipe: Southern Living Bloody Mary
Southerners like their Bloody Mary with a kick á la Old Bay. This homemade mix obliges.