The 4 Best Old Bay Seasoning Substitutes

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What is Old Bay Seasoning?

I love Old Bay Seasoning! It’s the ultimate seafood seasoning that tastes great on shrimp, fish, rice, vegetables, and potatoes. Simply add it to recipes that generally call for salt and pepper, but it will also work well by itself.

Old Bay Seasoning is the secret ingredient in many local dishes. It’s similar to the classic French Four Pepper Seasoning.

I have nothing but good words about Old Bay, and I use it pretty often. The problem is that it’s an American product, and it’s not easy to get on the European market. If you order it online, it’s going to take weeks to get here, and it’s going to cost you a pretty penny.

The recipe for Old Bay Seasoning is still a secret. Some of the ingredients are known, but the label still says that there are other "spices" to keep the recipe under wraps. We know that there are 14 different ingredients, but precisely what they are is up to conjecture. Some of the common ingredients that people claim they can taste in the seasoning include cloves, ginger, and mustard.

There are other seasonings with