HUNT VALLEY, MD - The secret's out.  Once a staple enjoyed only by a lucky few along the Chesapeake Bay, OLD BAY® Seasoning is gaining fans all across the country.  Best known as the definitive seasoning for crab, shrimp and other seafood dishes, today OLD BAY Seasoning is boasted as the "secret" ingredient for great hamburgers, chicken, pizza, pasta, vegetable dishes and more.  It's easy to add the distinctive flavor to your meals every night of the week with this versatile seasoning.


OLD BAY was founded more than 70 years ago when Gustav Brunn arrived in the United States from Germany with a hand-held spice grinder and a dream of starting a spice business.  In 1939, Brunn settled in Baltimore and developed his secret recipe that would become OLD BAY Seasoning.  This unique blend of more than a dozen herbs and spices was created for a population passionate about steamed crabs, and, today, it is still produced to its original exacting standards in Maryland.


OLD BAY's bright yellow and blue tin has become an icon.  This unique spice blend evokes images of seaside dining, salty sea breezes and sun-warmed sand.  Yet this fantastic blend of celery, bay leaves and mustard combine with the heat of red pepper and ginger to tempt palates in everything from grilled fish and steamed shrimp to fried chicken, potato salad and vegetable dips. 


Here are some quick tips to turn old favorites into intriguing new dishes.  OLD BAY mixed with oil and vinegar makes a spicy chicken marinade that will send your senses soaring.  For the best burger you've ever tasted, add OLD BAY Seasoning to make taste buds sizzle.  Once you try grilled corn-on-the-cob sprinkled with OLD BAY, you'll never eat it any other way.


Why stop there!  Take your taste buds to the next level with these great recipes suited for your next picnic, patio dinner party or quick weeknight meal.  These appetizing dishes are guaranteed crowd-pleasers that take full advantage of this versatile seafood-and-more seasoning.


Crispy Jalapeño Honey Chicken with Tomato-Corn Confetti

Celebrates the pairing of "sweet heat," mixing the hot bite of jalapeño peppers, garlic and OLD BAY Seasoning with the sweetness of honey.  A spicy, updated take on fried chicken, this crispy seasoned chicken and flavorful spiced confetti make a great entertaining dish as well.


Shrimp Bruschetta

Is a contemporary appetizer that delivers high flavor and is easy to make.  Delectable shrimp are combined with onions, red bell peppers and OLD BAY Seasoning then added to baguette slices, and toasted to perfection.


Grilled Bayside Tuna with Ginger Mango Salsa 

Is another fresh-from-the-sea creation that capitalizes on OLD BAY's heritage, with a Latin twist.  An effortless marinade infuses the tuna with the flavors of lime, cilantro, OLD BAY and Tequila. The grilled tuna is complemented by a zesty salsa of ripe mangoes, oranges and sweet onion.


A blend of land and sea is offered in Shrimp and Chicken Penne. Well-seasoned, sautéed chicken and shrimp are tossed with a light OLD BAY cream sauce, green onions and al dente penne pasta - a dish that works well as a summer first course or entrée portion.


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