Old Bay is every Marylanders’ sriracha — we put it on everything. The best way to get your Old Bay fix, obviously, is on top of a heaping bushel of blue crabs, but the seasoning can add some delicious Chesapeake Bay zing to just about anything. We asked Marylanders for their personal preferences, which included everything from french fries and popcorn to pizza, edamame and corn on the cob — even mac ‘n cheese!
Below, we share their responses — paired with some yummy, complementary recipes from around the Web — so you can enjoy the herb-and-spice blend all year long, like a true Marylander.
This “crab corn” from Sweet C’s Designs adds some awesome flavor to popcorn with just some butter, olive oil, Old Bay, sugar and garlic powder.
Sprinkle some Old Bay on top of soup for some extra flavor. We recommend sticking with mostly creamy soups — like this summer sweet corn soup with lump crab, from iVillage — but we imagine stirring some Old Bay into your gazpacho would satisfy your taste buds as well.
For whatever reason, Old Bay pairs well with creamy dishes — even pasta. The Old Bay website offers a recipe for creamy shrimp pasta, but if you’re looking for something a little lighter, try this Old Bay shrimp scampi from A Teaspoon of Happiness.
Every Marylander knows that french fries aren’t complete without a bit of Old Bay. Make your own with this recipe for Old Bay tater skin crispies from Ally’s Kitchen.
Seafood isn’t the only protein Old Bay works wonders with. Make a tasty marinade for grilled chicken with this recipe from Fork To Cork.
The only thing that can make fried chicken better is a tablespoon of Old Bay. Follow this recipe from Tide & Thyme for some mouthwatering Maryland fried chicken.
This recipe from Simply Recipes doesn’t use breadcrumbs, but it still makes some fingerlickin’ good wings.
Give pork some Chesapeake flavor with this dry rub from Food.com.
Herr’s already makes Old Bay potato chips, but you can make your own at home with this recipe from Girl Likes To Eat.
Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. Check out this Maryland-style mac ‘n cheese recipe from Chow.
Old Bay gives traditional deviled eggs a kick in this Martha Stewart recipe.
You haven’t had a real Bloody Mary until the rim has been seasoned with Old Bay. It’s the only way to go. If you want to take the Old Bay flavor up a notch, try this With Food & Love recipe for spicy Old Bay Bloodys with rosemary-infused vodka. Or add an Old Bay pickle!
If you can’t get Chesapeake Bay blue crabs this summer, at least give your corn the blue-crab treatment.
You’ll find Old Bay on omelets in restaurants around Maryland, but you can get the same effect with your homemade frittata by following this recipe from the Daily Deelight.
Sprinkle some Old Bay on your sautéed squash or try this Old Bay squash casserole recipe from Food.com.
A little Old Bay, white vinegar and sea salt on sliced cucumbers go a long way. Bare It All Fitness uses the combo for her go-to summertime snack.
Even mashed potatoes! Try this recipe from Cole’s Café.
Seriously. Try it. Side dishes don’t get simpler than this roasted broccoli with Old Bay from Empowered Sustenance.
All you need for this recipe from Kid Can Eat! is edamame, olive oil and Old Bay.
OK, so it’s an obvious one, but we had to include it. Try these Baltimore-style shrimp from Love Feast Table.
It’s no surprise that Old Bay works with shrimp salad — like this one from Southern Living — but it’s great with just about any mayo-based “salad,” including egg, chicken, tuna and potato.
Warm up during the colder months with this hearty Old Bay lentil soup from I Eat Food.
All it takes for an awesomely seasoned cole slaw is Old Bay, celery seed and ground jalapeno. Try this recipe from Coconut & Lime.
These cheddar bay biscuits from AllRecipes.com give Red Lobsters’ cheesy biscuits a run for their money.
These incredible oyster sliders from Food Republic are slathered with a homemade Old Bay mayo.