Looking for an easy wing recipe? Look no further than these Old Bay wings.
These Old Bay wings are simplistic in nature and delicious, relying primarily on the great flavor of one seasoning blend…Old Bay.
If you’re unfamiliar with Old Bay Seasoning, it’s a blend of herbs and spices that was originally designed as a seafood flavoring, specifically for crab and shrimp boils.
Old Bay Seasoning was created in 1939 by German immigrant Gustav Brunn who had settled in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland. At the time, crab was abundant in Maryland. Several varieties of crab boil seasonings competed for prominence, but it was Gutav’s blend that eventually conquered the market share.
Old Bay Seasoning eventually became almost mandatory as the general seasoning blend for anything seafood. Yet, the folks from Maryland took their beloved seasoning even further by using it on just about everything. As Old Bay’s website proudly claims, “There are two things you need to know about OLD BAY Seasoning: 1) it’s great on seafood and 2) it’s great on everything else.” Although, I’ve not tried it on everything else, I love it on fish, seafood and of course, these Old Bay wings.
I’ve been told by some that they’re unable to find Old Bay Seasoning in their area. I find that odd, because even down south where Zatarain’s is king, Old Bay is usually stocked right beside it. There are of course copycat recipes on the internet, but if you have all the ingredients they call for (up to a couple of dozen), you probably also have Old Bay in the cupboard. If it isn’t available in your area, I’ve included a few links below from Amazon. You never know…it may be a great find for you and soon you’ll be using it on everything.
Back to our Old Bay wings. I think you’ll embrace the ease at which these wings are made without any sacrifice in flavor. After all, Gustav Brunn did all the work.
Old Bay Wings
GO GET THIS STUFF
- 12 whole chicken wings
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1-1/2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
THEN DO THIS
Cut wings into sections of flats and drumettes, discarding the wing tips.
Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or apply a coating of cooking oil.
Place oven rack in the center. Heat oven to 375°F (190°C).
In a zip-lock freezer bag, add flour, baking powder and Old Bay Seasoning. Seal bag and shake until well mixed.
Add a few wings at a time and shake until evenly coated. Remove wings and place on baking sheet. DO NOT CROWD! Repeat with remaining wings.
Once oven has reached desired temperature, place wings in oven. Set a timer for 20 minutes.
While wings are cooking, combine remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat while stirring occasionally. Cook until butter has melted. Reduce or turn off heat, but keep warm.
When timer is done remove wings from oven and flip. Return to oven and set timer for another 10 minutes.
Check wing temperature with an instant-read meat thermometer. Wings should achieve a temperature of at least 165°F (75°C). If not there, flip and continue to cook an additional 5 minutes. Check temperature again. Repeat if necessary.
Place wings in a large bowl and pour sauce over them. Toss until wings are well coated. Place on a serving platter and serve.
For a spicier version, add cayenne pepper to taste to the flour mixture.