Sunday, August 24, 2008

My Current Obsession-Old Bay Seasoning


Three words-Old Bay Seasoning. I am obsessed. It all started when I was reading Coconut and Lime and saw these fantastic looking shrimp. I knew I was going to love the seasoning for the packaging alone. I'd heard of it before when people were talking about crab bakes but I had never actually come across it until the other day. We were at a fish monger that we don't usually frequent and there it sat, bright yellow screaming my name. I was so excited.

I knew the first thing I was going to make with Old Bay would be Coconut and Limes' shrimp and it was. Why no photo of them you ask? Because they were so outrageously good that I couldn't stop stuffing my face long enough to take a photo. I will next time and that will be soon, trust me. Since the weather has been nice here we've been using the Old Bay Seasoning with grilled shrimp like every other day. They are the best grilled shrimp we've ever had. Seriously, I can't get enough of this stuff. I want to put it on everything . I'm trying to show restraint though because I once went hog wild with Fleur De Sel and now my boyfriend refuses to eat it. I can get obsessive like that.

RECIPE:
1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 TBS butter
1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

Soak wooden skewers for about 15 minutes in water. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. After the skewers have soaked, thread the shrimp onto the skewers. Melt the butter and Old Bay Seasoning together. Brush all sides of the shrimp with the butter mixture. Place all the skewers on the grill. Grill 2 minutes on one side, turn the skewers over and grill 2 more minutes. Remove the skewers from the grill and serve.

19 comments:

coco said...

I've never tried Old Bay Seasoning. I wish I got it here. Your shrimp looks delicious! :)

Christine said...

So, the stuff is that good, huh? I've always seen it but never bought it. Now, you've convinced me. Can't wait to try.

April R. said...

Hi! My name is April and I work for Old Bay. If you would be interested, I can send you an OLD BAY starter kit and you could do a giveaway for your readers or try some new recipes! Let me know! If you are interested, send me your address at arueber@webershandwick.com.

Nate-n-Annie said...

My friend used Old Bay as part of a marinade for grilled chicken. It came out great!

Natasha said...

Never tried it. Why do you soak the skewers?

~Madeline~ said...

Thanks Coco, I'm so sad for you. I say you plan a protest!

Hi Christine, yes it is THAT good! I find myself sprinkling a bit into the palm of my hand and eating it straight up, often.

Thanks April, score!

That sounds great Nate n Annie. I'll definitely try that.

Hi Natasha, I soak the wooden skewers so they won't burn on the hot grill. I wouldn't want any flare ups to come between me and my Old Bay ;)

Beth said...

Never seen Old Bay before, but I feel similarly about "All American Chip Spice", made and sold only in Hull a small city in the North of England. It improves everything!

Carolyn Jung said...

Old Bay with fresh crab is another winner! Mmmm, I get hungry just thinking about it. With a wedge of sourdough bread, and a glass of chablis, it's a perfect meal.

Lo said...

Old Bay is one of the items I don't have in my pantry... so, I'm going to take this as an indication to reconsider.

Pam said...

I've heard that Old Bay is a great seasoning but have yet to use it. I guess, after reading your post, I should go buy some. The shrimp sound great.

Lori said...

I love Old bay. Its a great flavor. I tried making the mix at home but it was a little too strong. I love it in my crab cakes. I am planning to have shrimp this weekend. I think I need to add a little Old Bay!

Dragon said...

Mmmm, those shrimp look amazing. I need to quick food blog surfing just before dinner. I want everything I see. :)

vanpham said...

Hello!
Thank you so much for stopping by my place and leaving me a comment. I am glad to know your blogs. This recipe looks so simple and good. I will look for Old Bay Seasoning around here and let you know.

~Madeline~ said...

Hi Beth, I've never heard of all american chip spice. So there is another delicious seasoning I have been missing out on?!

Mmmm Carolyn, you are making my mouth water! I had originally heard of Old Bay for Crab Bakes. Sounds so good.

Oh Lo and Pam, you won't regret it!

Thanks for the tip Lori, it would be fantastic in crab cakes. I'll definitely use it next time I make them.

Thanks Dragon, I feel your pain, it's like grocery shopping when you're hungry. Dangerous!

Thanks Vanpham, I hope you love it as much as I do. I'm sure you will ;)

Tania said...

I just made this tonight....SO yummy! My husband and I were Old Bay newbies, and we can't believe it took use so long to try it!
Thank you! Love your blog.

~Madeline~ said...

Thank you so much Tania, you just made my night! I'm so happy you enjoyed the shrimp. I am officially addicted to Old Bay. In case you haven't seen it, I posted a Shrimp Boil w/Old Bay tonight. Get ready to love that recipe too!!!

Anonymous said...

Old Bay is AMAZING!! I grew up in Maryland where Old Bay is THE seafood seasoning and I love it. I live on the west coast now and have to get my parents to send it to me out here. Anyways, I use it in almost everything. I love it on fries or roasted potatoes, in mac and cheese, i even sprinkle some inside my grilled cheese sandwiches. Have you tried mixing some with mayo to add a little extra something to sandwiches?

~Madeline~ said...

Hi Anon, I absolutely LOVE all of your ideas for Old Bay! So far, the only one of your ideas I always make are the fries and of course with seafood but I will certainly be trying out all of your fantastic tips.

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