Low Country Boil...

If you live in the south, at some point in your life you have eaten Low Country Boil.  Or Frogmore Stew, if you prefer.

I shared this recipe bout 4 years ago and I think it is worth sharing again.

We love this recipe.  I don't know how often it is served above the Mason-Dixon line, but down south, it is quite popular during the summer months. 

On the internet, you will find a variety of ways to serve this dish.  The funniest one I found was this..... "Po' folks serve it on a piece o' plywood propped on (pronounced "own" in the south) two sawhorses, with one hole cut out for trash.  Iffn' you be rich, you gots two holes cut in th' plywood."  Serving it traditionally, you will roll out enough butcher paper or newspaper to cover an entire table, drain the water out of the pot and dump the entire lot on the table.  I was snobby in the serving department; we ate off of a plate. :-)

If you've never cooked this dish, please give it a try.  It is so easy and so yummy!  Here's the recipe I have used for years from allrecipes.com.

Low Country Boil (Frogmore Stew) 
3 quarts of water1 package of Zatarain's Crab Boil
1 pound new red potatoes, halved
1 pound hot smoked sausage (we use Andouille) cut into pieces
3 ears of corn - husked, cleaned and quartered
2 pounds (more if you want) large shrimp, unpeeled 

Bring water and crab boil seasoning to a boil.  Add corn and potatoes.  Cook until tender.  Add sausage and stir.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes.  Add shrimp and stir. Cook until pink, about 5 minutes.  Drain immediately and serve.  Yield: 6 servings (double or triple the recipe if you are serving more people).  Serve with french bread and beer!

NOTE:   I adjusted the original recipe for us.  If you click on the allrecipes.com link, you will find the original recipe. If you want the shorter version, click here. The potatoes, sausage, corn and shrimp can be adjusted to the amount you would like.  You can even throw in some crab claws!  Crab claws are one of those foods that are a lot of work for little reward, so we don't eat them often.  Just remember, if you add more of the good stuff, use more crab boil seasoning.

Tie on your bib and chow down!!  Seat yourself properly at the table, place your napkin in your lap and be sure to use your knife and fork.

I usually serve our Low Country Boil with garlic bread and some yummy green beans.


  1. I have never had this meal. Living in NJ this isn't a thing. Sounds fun and my hubby and I would enjoy this ai think. I don't think sausage is in it either.

    Up in the Maine and Long Island NY area I think they do this but I think they include lobster, clams and maybe mussels.

    Thanks for the recipe. Pinning to see if hubby wants to give it a try.

    Enjoy your day


  2. We love doing low country boils!YUMMY! Matter of fact, I have not had a low country boil in a while. We usually make it for my whole family so needless to say, the BIG pot comes out! The first time I ever had this which was years ago a piece of newspaper was lain on a table and it was all poured out on the paper on the table. I guess that is pretty SOUTH too huh! LOL! I, like you, like mine on a plate and girl, I am pretty country. Ha! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  3. Yummy! I would do this outside on butcher paper for sure and I grew up in the north lol.

  4. This is a fun meal!!!!! I have never had this and need to try it. All yummy ingredients. Love the funny saying about serving it lol!

  5. This is such a fun summer meal, great for a crowd! The first time I had it was at my cousins house in coastal NC, my Aunt covered a picnic table with newspaper and just dumped everything out on the table, I thought that was the coolest thing ever!!

  6. I love these meals too but hadn't thought about it being fairly easy for just the two of us, in reduced portions. My kids did a huge boil for my birthday about 10 years ago and I didn't have to lift a finger except to tell them where my largest pots were. They cooked it all out in our picnic shelter and oh man was it good! They didn't cut a hole in the picnic tables for the trash though, not even one. Now I'm really hungry for this, Benita. I have some frozen Gulf shrimp in the freezer so it's doable. I only buy Gulf shrimp and I bet the Alabama girl in you prefers them too??

  7. I have always wanted to make this. I pinned your recipe for later. This would be a fun dish to eat outside!
    yum yum

  8. I love the idea of this kind of meal, but alas, my hubby really doesn't eat seafood - except lobster! So I am planning something similar or this summer with lobster tails on the grill!! I am sharing this in the FB Group, Chloe's Kitchen!


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