Gulf Coast Bay Seasoning

Gulf Coast Bay Seasoning
Gulf Coast Bay Seasoning
Gulf Coast Bay Seasoning Gulf Coast Bay Seasoning
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This seasoning is most commonly used for seasoning crab, shrimp and seafood. We first came across this recipe while we were living in Louisiana when we went to our first crawfish festival in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This was also the first time we heard the phrase "pinch the tails and suck the heads".

Bay seasonings are used in numerous harbor towns across the US from the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia, down around the Florida pan handle and even all the way out to Alaska but they seem to be most popular in the Gulf Coast region. Boiled seafood in southern Louisiana tends to be spicier than that found in other parts of the country.

Shrimp, crab, and crawfish boils can be found across southern Louisiana and the Southern Gulf Coast region. But it's the crawfish boil that is most closely associated with the region. USA Today has named the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival as one of the top 10 food events in the country and this is a spectacular showcase for Creole culture and music. In New Orleans, Tulane University holds their annual "Crawfest" in April while the University of New Orleans holds a yearly crawfish boil for all their students at the end of the spring semester.  Smaller events can be found in backyards, at churches and in parks throughout April, May, and June. Locals traditionally eat crawfish, as well as crabs, without silly tools such as shell crackers or picks.

A great excuse for a party (as if they need a reason), a real Louisiana seafood boil requires a 50-gallon pot on top of a propane burner but you can also do a stovetop version for a smaller friends and family feast as the flavors are the same. A "Boil Master" is in charge of making sure the ingredients all make it into the pot in the correct sequence and controls the timing of the steps. There is no right or wrong when it comes to seasoning a crawfish boil and many experienced boilers simply go by feel although there are some base guidelines to follow. Once cooked the contents of the pot are removed, drained, and then dumped onto a newspaper covered table. Crackers and hot sauce are optional. Cold beer is required.

Much of the flavor for a seafood boil comes from an aromatic blend of seasonings known locally as crab boil.

We like to use about 1/2 cup (or 8 oz) of Gulf Coast Bay Seasoning per gallon of water and don't be afraid to sprinkle a bit more on top after you've dumped everything out on the table! A ½ cup of Gulf Coast Bay Seasoning is enough to season 2.5 lb. shrimp or 6 blue crabs.

The most common ingredients in a seafood boil are potatoes, onion, garlic, corn and smoked sausage. The "seafood" is usually crab, shrimp or crawfish.

Bring water and Gulf Coast Bay Seasoning and to boil in your pot on high heat. Add garlic, onions and potatoes. Cook 8 minutes. Add smoked sausage. Cook 5 more minutes. Add corn. Cook 7 minutes. Add crab and cook about 10 minutes or if you're using crawfish or shrimp cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

Like any good food tradition or seasoning the cooking of crawfish ignites a controversy. Here the debate revolves around whether or not the crawfish should first be purged by covering them with clear water and a generous amount of salt for a few minutes. Those in favor of this argue that this rids the crawfish's body of impurities. The "non-purgers" claim this doesn't work and is a waste of time.

While our Gulf Coast Bay Seasoning is primarily used to season crab, shrimp and crawfish it's also good when used as a topping on baked potatoes, boiled peanuts, chicken, chipped beef, corn on the cob, dips, eggs, French fries, potato salad, potato chips, popcorn, salads, stir-fries and tater tots. It is also sometimes used as a secret ingredient in Bloody Marys.
Hand blended from salt, celery seed, paprika, cayenne, yellow mustard, black pepper, thyme, bay leaves and ginger.

If you are looking for seafood seasonings then you might want to check out our Wild for Salmon, Louisiana Fish Seasoning and our Mediterranean Dry Rub.

Some our favorite recipes using Seafood Boil are Spicy Coconut Shrimp and Crab and Corn Chowder.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.1g0%

Dietary Fiber0.6g2%

Total Sugars0.1g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.8 out of 5
12 total ratings.

Johanna S. (Verified buyer) 08/27/2021
AMAZING FLAVOR I used to use OLD BAY SEASONING for fish and chicken. I tried this one and it is hands down way better. It even works on oven fries!!!

Jeannette F. (Verified buyer) 02/18/2021
Amazing Flavor This is the best seasoning I have had for seafood!!! Better than Old Bay!!!

Jasmin T. (Verified buyer) 12/17/2020
Love them both!!! Awesome flavoring! Love them both!!! Awesome flavoring!

Howard B. (Verified buyer) 09/04/2020
Gulf Coast Bay Seasoning Used it in my Lobster Mac & Cheese. Excellent flavor. Will use again in other dishes.

James K. (Verified buyer) 06/01/2020
Difference in quality I cook quite a bit and my family notices when I use your spices over the grocery store spices. The same recipe but quality spices make such a difference! Thank you!

Adaai C. (Verified buyer) 05/22/2020
Amazing! Love this spice

BARRY B. (Verified buyer) 05/07/2020
Even better than Old Bay Even better than Old Bay seasoning! Better flavor and so much fresher. I have made the switch for my low country boils.

Tim F. (Verified buyer) 05/02/2019
It is absolutely amazing, I It is absolutely amazing, I have tried it on shrimp and french fries so far and I can't wait to try it on other food's.

Amber G. (Verified buyer) 10/09/2018
Bye, bye Old Bay This is heads above conventional spice blends - awesome flavor, love that it's not overly salty and the texture is fantastic! Used on shrimp this weekend to rave reviews.

Teresa W. (Verified buyer) 10/03/2018
Great for seafood boils!!! Great for seafood boils!!!
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