18 Recipes Using Old Bay Seasoning That All Southerners Should Know

"Frog Moore" Stew

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.

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Shrimp and Bacon Salad Sliders

Shrimp and Bacon Salad Sliders
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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.

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Shrimp Boil Vegetable Bowls

Shrimp Boil Vegetable Bowls
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

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.

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Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay

Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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.

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Shrimp Boil Pasta

Shrimp Boil Pasta
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Kay. E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Shrimp Boil Pasta

We combined two Southern summer staples—pasta salad and shrimp boil—into a one-bowl meal that everyone will love.

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"Frog Moore" Stew

"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.

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Creamy Crab Dip

Collard Dip
Hector Manuel Sanchez

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.

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Grilled Clambake Foil Packets with Herb Butter

Grilled Clambake Foil Packets with Herb Butter
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: 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.

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Classic Shrimp Cocktail

Garlic Butter-Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Garlic Butter-Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Throw that chilled shrimp ring to the curb in favor of this garlicky warmed-up rendition.

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Fried Deviled Eggs

Fried Deviled Eggs
Micah A. Leal

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.

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Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp
Southern Living

Recipe: Pickled Shrimp

We'll take a Mason jar full of perfectly seasoned pickled shrimp any day.

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Shrimp Boil Skewers

Shrimp Boil Skewers Recipe
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Shrimp Boil Skewers

Take your classic shrimp boil to the party with these crowd-pleasing skewers made for grazing.

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Boiled Peanut Hummus

Boiled Peanut Hummus
Southern Living

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.

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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta
Ralph Anderson

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.

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Crab Cakes With Lemon Rémoulade

Crab Cakes With Lemon Rémoulade
Southern Living

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?

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Rinehart Family Lowcountry Boil

Rinehart Family Lowcountry Boil Closeup
Rinehart Family

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.

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Old Bay Shrimp Salad

Old Bay Shrimp Salad
Southern Living

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!

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Brown-Butter Crab Benedict with Old Bay Hollandaise

Brown-Butter Crab Benedict with Old Bay Hollandaise
Photography: Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Brown-Butter Crab Benedict with Old Bay Hollandaise

We didn't think Old Bay seasoning belonged at breakfast...until now.

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The Southern Living Bloody Mary

Southern Living Bloody Mary
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Southern Living Bloody Mary

Southerners like their Bloody Mary with a kick á la Old Bay. This homemade mix obliges.

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