Every year on New Year’s Eve, Joe makes three pounds of these Old Bay steamed shrimp for dinner. (It’s okay to substitute seafood seasoning for Old Bay if you can’t find the latter.) He loves peel & eat shrimp, and while I don’t love them as much, I do partake of his bounty on that special occasion.
What is Old Bay?
Old Bay seasoning is sold by McCormick and was originally created by the Baltimore Spice Company in Maryland. In the eastern US, it is synonymous with seafood dishes, but I’ve eaten it on popcorn, French fries, corn on the cob, fried chicken, potato salad, and many other dishes and meats.
Old Bay is a blend of celery salt, paprika, and black and red pepper. It is smoky, salty, and a little spicy, so a little goes a long way.
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