This recipe for low carb Old Bay seasoning includes over 15 keto-friendly ways to use this classic seasoning blend!
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OK, I'll be honest – regular Old Bay seasoning is actually zero carb. Here's the stats for a serving of ¼ tsp: 0 calories, 0g fat, 140mg sodium, 0g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 0g protein.
So why would you need a low carb version? I suppose that actually the focus here is to try the seasoning blend if you've never tried it (particularly relevant for those of you outside the US), and find low carb ways to use the seasoning. But let's look at the original first. Here's what wiki says:
Old Bay Seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that is marketed in the United States by McCormick & Company, and originally created in Baltimore, Maryland.
The seasoning mix includes celery salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika. It is regionally popular, specifically in Maryland, as well as in the Mid-Atlantic States, the Southern States, and parts of New England and the Gulf Coast.”
Although traditionally used for seasoning crab and shrimp, it has so many other uses! And it's a key component to my low carb seafood salad recipe. Here are my top ways to work it into your low carb recipes!
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Low Carb Uses for Old Bay Seasoning
- Add it to a low carb clam chowder
- Mix it into mayo for a seafood dip
- Sprinkle it over crab deviled eggs
- Add it to Hollandaise sauce
- Combine it with oil and lemon juice for an easy marinade
- Add it to low carb cheddar biscuits
- Mix it into these low carb zucchini crab cakes
- Sprinkle it over chicken wings
- Enjoy it with shrimp and a tomato cream sauce
- Mix it with avocado for a low carb avocado toast
- Add it to homemade chips like these zucchini chips or low carb tortilla chips
- Use it to make a keto crab imperial
- Mix it into cream cheese for all kinds of uses!
- Add it to a low carb oyster gratin
- Sprinkle it over roasted veggies
- Mix it into this low carb hot crab dip
- Add it to a one pan meal like this sausage and shrimp dish.
- And how about adding it to a low carb Bloody Mary?!?
Basically anywhere you might use paprika, try Old Bay instead! And if you don't want to make your own, you can find it in most US grocery stores, or buy it from Amazon Fresh!
How to Make Low Carb Old Bay Seasoning
In a bowl, mix together paprika, celery salt, dry mustard powder, celery seed, ground cardamom, cayenne, ground cinnamon, and black pepper. You could also use ground nutmeg in place of the cardamom. Taste for heat and add more cayenne if required.
Transfer to a bowl and cover, or an airtight container or jar.
This seasoning blend can be kept for up to a year in a cool and dry storage area.
- In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Taste for heat and add more cayenne if desired.
- Transfer to a bowl and cover, or an airtight container or jar.
- This seasoning blend can be kept for up to a year in a cool and dry storage area.
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Nutrition InformationYield 24 Serving Size ½ teaspoon
Amount Per Serving Calories 2Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 154mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is my best approximation. I cannot guarantee completely accurate data due to variations in ingredients and cooking methods. Carbohydrates from sugar alcohols are not included in net carb counts as it has been shown that they do not impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.