Old Bay Tartar Sauce

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Heaven with crab cakes…

There’s no denying the uber-love for Old Bay in our spice rack – the Maryland crab seasoning has the perfect mix of mild heat and bold spices. It’s so distinctive and flavorful. No crab cake is right without a little Old Bay along for the ride.

One of our favorite ways to bring that Old Bay flavor to crab cakes – or really any seafood – is via homemade Old Bay tartar sauce. The mix of mayonnaise, sweet relish, and Old Bay delivers a flavor wallop – tangy, creamy, warm, and earthy all in one. The heat in Old Bay comes from paprika in the seasoning itself. If you want a little extra fire to the flavor, add a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder to the mix. 

Old Bay Tartar Sauce

Old Bay Tartar Sauce

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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins



  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. For best flavor, chill the tartar sauce for 1 hour prior to using.


Want it spicier? Add the cayenne pepper powder to the mix. Otherwise leave it out to experience the typical simmer of Old Bay seasoning.
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Matt Bray

Matt Bray

Chief Chilihead at Cindermint
Founder of PepperScale and Cindermint LLC. Sucker for a good scotch bonnet. Spicy food super-fan. Current fiery fascination: Datil hot sauces.


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