Old Bay Chicken Wings

Roasted chicken wings flavored with Old Bay seasoning and butter, then served with cocktail sauce.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 3 pounds chicken wings, separated tips from drummettes
  • 8 Tbsp (1/2 cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning, plus more for dusting
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Cocktail sauce for dipping


1 Preheat the oven to 425°F. Allow the wings to come to room temperature (or else the sauce will be more difficult to spread on them). Pat the chicken wings dry.

2 Make Old Bay sauce: Melt the butter in a small pot and whisk in the Old Bay and lemon juice. Let it cool enough to feel lukewarm.

3 Mix the sauce again and toss the chicken wings in half the sauce.

4 Bake: Arrange the wings in one layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, aluminum foil, or Silpat and bake at 425°F for 25 minutes.

5 Broil: Take the wings out of the oven and turn on the broiler. Set a rack about 6 inches under the broiler. Turn the wings over on the baking sheet and put under the broiler for 3-4 minutes, or until they are nicely browned.

6 To serve, toss in the remaining sauce and set on a plate. Dust with more Old Bay and serve with your favorite cocktail sauce.

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  • Lisa

    Crowd pleaser!!! My 15 year-old son comes into the kitchen every night and asks me “hey mom, what’s for dinner?” …usually he offers a sigh as his response to everything. When I said “chicken wings” he perked up and said “Awesome!” That alone is worth cooking these wings :) So delicious and sooooo… super easy, this is a new “go to” mid-week recipe for me. Thank you Elise!


  • Typicalcop

    I throw 4 pounds of wings in a gallon zip lock bag, drizzle just enough olive oil on them to wet them, liberally pour OB spice on them. Melt a stick and a half of butter with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice and a TBSP of OB and pour this into the bag of wings. Mix well, and let rest for an hour. I then drop them on the smoker at 325 for about an hour(till golden brown) turning once. For dipping sauce I found Cajun cocktail sauce that makes the a Grand slam! You could brush a coating of the cocktail sauce on for the last 5 minutes tues before removing from the smoker too. Fan favorite around my parties!

  • Patricia Roe

    We will be putting them on the grill for the 4th of July party, here in Pasadena, Md. Old Bay Country!

  • Mike

    I would double the amount of old bay seasoning on these. I made as described and couldn’t taste the seasoning at all. Otherwise it’s a good recipe

  • leanne

    Old Bay Seasoning! Not sure what seasoning this is I’m in Australia can you suggest what spices are in the this.

    • Elise Bauer

      Hello Leanne, if you do a Google search for Old Bay Seasoning Recipe, you’ll find several suggestions.

    • Wombat

      You can also buy them from USA Foods – it’s Aussie based. I bought one recently but there were only mega sizes left, can’t wait to try them with this recipe! Looks like an easy alternative when you don’t feel like using bread crumbs.

  • Linda R

    Using Old Bay on wings is a great idea, baking them is much easier. I’ve done that for years.
    When making fried chicken, I always add Old Bay to season the flour.

  • Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    I don’t know this sauce but it certainly looks delicious, it makes my mouth water. Chicken wings are really tasty!

    • Julie D

      You can actually go online and order Old Bay online and have it sent to anywhere in the world

  • Surya-Patricia Lane Hood

    Can’t wait to make these wings. Can’t think why I never thought of it myself. If you are from the South like I am, you are addicted to Old Bay from birth. :>)

    • Baltisraul

      Old Bay is a Mid-Atlantic staple. I too have lived in the South all my life and never heard anyone refer to Old Bay as Southern. I will give you this, every kitchen in the South has a can of OB but they would be hard pressed to give you a true Southern recipe that OB is a must have. You may be referring to Slap Yo Mama or Everglade seasoning as a Southern tradition.

      • Elise Bauer

        The South covers a large geographic territory.

        • Baltisraul

          You are so right! Most of my life has been in Georgia. I also lived in Virginia for 8 years. You would not believe have many folks in the Deep South don’t consider Virginia a Southern State. The argument that it was the Capital of the Confederacy does not seem to hold sway with many down here. LOL

  • Denise

    Elise, these sound amazing and I love the Old Bay seasoning. As well, the cocktail sauce is not weird at all!

  • Tammy

    I so wish I could use the oven inside the house to make wings! I have no vent so this is not an option. The grease popping and smoke are not acceptable. Waah!

  • Tee

    I made these today and I was plea surely surprised how delish they were. I actually had with the cocktail sauce too. Honey enjoyed them with hot sauce. Will be making again. Thank you for sharing.

  • Auty

    OMG! These wings are delish! I double baked mine and I’m going to throw them in the broiler once more before I dust them. This was great, thanks a million!!!

  • Debbie

    I make the same wings, but I dunk mine in beer twice while cooking. Adding the beer makes them taste even better!

  • Sherry in Union, KY

    The grocer was out of wings, so my husband used drumsticks instead. He and my teen son enjoyed them. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jamie

    Old Bay wings, or Maryland wings are my absolute favorite. No need for cocktail or any other dipping sauce. I can’t wait to make these this weekend!

  • Chappy

    Even better, marinade the wings in some Natty Boh (or any light lager really) and then coat with Old Bay. It’s like having beer and crabs anytime of the year.

  • Laura

    My husband liked these, but I didn’t really care for them. I guess I have a strong association of Old Bay with seafood, and I had difficulty reconciling that taste with chicken instead of seafood. I would make them again, though. I didn’t hate them, and I see so many good reviews. I assume if I made them for a party, they’d go over pretty well.

  • MaryM

    I’ve never had the courage to make Buffalo wings, but I HAD to make these for my husband and me for Super Bowl! We called them “Baltimore Wings” and ate an obscene amount of them. They don’t need danything to dip them in, but I liked them with honey mustard. Fabulous recipe I’ll do again! Thanks.

  • Dean

    Made this for the SuperBowl and loved ’em so much that I made them again a couple of nights later. Super-easy and so good. Folks, make your own cocktail sauce instead of buying one. It’ll be less expensive and much better!

  • Lacey

    I live in Baltimore and this is my second favorite way to prepare wings.. The BEST way is to coat the cooked wings in a sauce made of Old Bay combined with honey. Unbelievably delicious!

  • Dave

    Great looking wings. I added some bay seasoning to my turkey rub last year and really liked it. I’ll have to give your wings a try.

  • Jamie K

    Love Old Bay wings! I’ve converted several friends to the deliciousness of them over the years. To save on calories we sometimes give the wings a quick rinse in some water, shake them off a bit, and coat them with Old Bay.

  • Jud Chasey

    Anxious to try these. The neighborhood “watering hole” makes a potato wedge snack seasoned with Old Bay. They serve them with a Tzatziki dipping sauce. It is great! I might have some tzatziki at the ready for these wings because cocktail sauce does sound strange.

  • Jackie

    I’ve made “Crab Wings” for years! I made them for a party yesterday and did call them “Raven Wings”. Mine are similar to this, yet different.

  • nina

    hi, the picture looks yummy, is this seasonning americain? (I live in UK) is there any alternative?

    • jacob1642

      “old bay” is an american brand of seasoning mix…widely available in america…but you will have to order it from the web….amazon or similar. Basically it is a lot of paprika mixed with salt, pepper, bay leaf, mustard, and a half dozen or so other spices.

  • Sharon

    I made a version of these for our superbowl party today and they disappeared faster then I could take them off the baking sheets. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Amanda

    My mouth can taste these now. One of our fav and miss them since leaving b-more… Yummy

  • Amy

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this recipe! Ever since moving from Baltimore, my husband and I have missed these wings. Now we can make them at home. So happy!

    • Hank Shaw

      Wow, really? LOL. I thought I’d “invented” them. Guess there is nothing new under the sun, eh? Enjoy!

      • liza

        hahaha…sorry Hank, for every great idea someone thought it first (and sometimes, better)…I have dozens of recipes I just haphazardly pulled together and there I find them all in Google.

  • Sally

    You could have called them “Charm City Wings.”