Low Country Boil

Low Country Shrimp Boil

We went to the “low country” for vacation.  The low country being South Carolina.  Apparently all of Ohio vacations there.  We felt right at home.   I think us northerners really annoy the locals, but I’m ok with that.

This was the first time my 3 little stooges saw the ocean.  The first thing they did when we arrived on the soft sandy beach was flop down and make sand angels.  They looked like three pale starfishes!

I love beach vacations!  The ocean breeze hitting our faces, the sound of the rolling waves, the smell of sunscreen on our skins and the sand in our toes.  I was hoping the sand would give me a natural pedicure.  Oh that sand.  I have a love hate relationship with sand.  I really do.  I love it because we do not have sand in Ohio.   It’s soft, you can shape it into sand kingdoms,  plus, where there’s sand, there’s water!  I do NOT like sand because it inevitably gets in some one’s eye (often due to a sibling), it’s in our food and it somehow ends up in my kids butts (sorry to be graphic, but it’s the truth!)  Lets not forget that sand follows you all the way home!  It’s in the van, in the suitcases, in the carpet because sea shells need to be sorted!  And I’ll be honest, I think I saw a piece of sand in my belly button.  I don’t often look in there, but for some reason, I glanced down and thought something was amiss.  Turns out it was just dry skin.  Boy would that have been embarrassing!

Anyhoo, back to vacation, South Carolina is beautiful.  The weather was perfect and the food was fresh.  As a tribute, I made Low Country Boil, aka, Frogmore Stew.  This meal is so fun, how often do you get to eat your whole meal with your hands!!!  Have a roll of paper towels handy for your low country boil because it will get messy.  Traditionally, low country shrimp boils or Frogmore Stew is just dumped out on newspapers. Have cocktail sauce and melted butter on the side.  I like spicy food, so I usually add Tabasco sauce to each bite.  Kids love it, adults love it.  It’s a great summer party idea!  Enjoy!

Low Country Shrimp Boil
  • 6 Qts water
  • 2 lbs red potatoes
  • 10 ears of corn, husks removed and cut into quarters
  • 2 lbs smoked sausage, cut into chunks
  • 4lbs uncooked shrimp, peels on
  • ¾ cup Old Bay seasoning
  1. Bring water and seasoning to a full boil. Add potatoes and boil for 15 mintues. Add in sausage and cook for 5 minutes. Add corn, cook another 5 minutes. Finally add shrimp and cook until they turn pink, about 4 minutes. Drain pot and served in a very large serving dish. Or to be traditional pour onto a newspaper covered table.
  2. Serve with cocktail sauce, ketchup or melted butter and lemon wedge.
  3. Adapted from All Recipes

51 Responses

  1. Hi that really looks like a good cook up with the shrimp and sausages. Yum. It is nice to take the kids somewhere different and experience different culture and food.
    I am following you from the Tuesday hop and would appreciate a follow back.
    Have a great day.

    • It was a very tasty meal! I highly recommend it!

  2. WOW! This looks totally amazingly delicious!! :) I’m gonna have to pin it! XO Courtney
    P.S. What part of Ohio are you guys in? My hubs is from Columbus. :)

    • Thanks! My family loved this meal, it was good and messy!

  3. No one has low country boil like South Carolina. Man do I love the stuff! Your recipe looks great as well..I need to give it a try!

  4. This looks delicious! A low country boil is one of my favorite meals, and I do mine exactly like this. It’s a fun southern traditional meal. Glad you enjoyed your time at the beach.

    • I’m happy to have a little bit of south with for dinner! Fun tradition!

  5. I’m an Ohio native now living in North Carolina. You’re right. Ohio takes over South Carolina for vacationing. Much like Ontario takes over Florida! :) Where do you live? Where did you go in SC? AND would you like to write a guest post for my travel blog? How’s that for questions? :)

    Happy Independence Day!

    • We live in Cincinnati and we traveled to Hilton Head! We will be going back! Would love to do a guest blog, if you’d like to return the favor!

  6. Oh wow thanks so much for this recipe, a friend of mine many years ago did a seafood boil every year, I would love to start a tradition like this, my hubbie is going to love this, pinning this!

    • Oh it would a real fun tradition! Feeds a crowd and you don’t have to worry about washing silverware!

  7. I can’t tell you how much my hubby is going to LOVE this recipe!!! I will fix it for him this weekend! I love the beach. I could totally live there, become brown and wrinkly with sand in every crevice!!! Thanks for sharing this post! I loved it.

    • I dream of living on the beach. But then I’d probably never have time to go sit and do nothing!

  8. i love south carolina! i haven’t been in years but it’s a place i miss often. it’s on the opposite coast of me so it’s not a place i can hop to : ) that looks heavenly and i pinned it so i can keep that recipe handy! oh, my dreams of moving to south carolina are creeping back up today!

    • I know what you mean! I’d totally love to move to SC!!! Ohio is great, but there obvious differences….the beach!

  9. This looks delicious and the recipe is so easy. I am going to pin it and give it a try. I’m visiting from the MTR Hodgepodge. Have a wonderful 4th of July!

    • Happy 4th to you! It was the easiest recipe! All you have to do is boil water!

  10. Looks like a great dish…I know a few Weastern NYers who like to head down to the Carolina beaches for a vacation. I’ve yet to go but they all tell me the water and sand are amazing!!!

    • Oh you should make the trip! It’s fun and beautiful!

  11. Sounds yummy! I’ve seen people do it before, but have never done it myself. I love anything with shrimp and sausage. Like you, we just recently returned from a trip to South Carolina FROM Ohio! 😉 We were meeting my family from FL. It was our first time and I loved it. I wish we would have gotten to the beach more, though. We were there for a week and only made it to the beach once. I could have used a little MORE sand!

    • I know the san does get everywhere, but it’s worth it!

  12. I agree with you, beach vacations are the best! I do need to explore the atlantic ocean a bit more though. The only time I was there was on the upper east coast by New Hampshire… pretty, but nothing like the feeling of warm sand between your toes!

    • I have family in Colorado, and while the mountains are gorgeous, I’m a total beach person!

  13. This looks really good. I’m not a seafood person, but that just looks great. Love the color of the corn!

    • It would be good without the shrimp too!

  14. This Charleston girl approves!!!! Frogmore Stew is our favorite. Thanks for sharing a little of our culture with the world.
    The Envelope Keeper

    • Yeah!! Since I’m a northerner, I wanted to be sure I did the south proud!

  15. Thank you! Ha! SC was such a calm, relaxing vacation compared to our non stop Disney vacations! Although, I love Disney!

  16. Instead of the East Coast, head for the Gulf Coast, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. You missed a few ingredients we use–Zataran’s Crab Boil and lots of whole garlic cloves. Of course you need Gulf (Louisiana) Shrimp.

    • I would LOVE to go to the Gulf Coast sometime!!! Next time, I’ll try your additions!

  17. This looks like something my husband would love, and it’s easy enough for me to make! Thanks for posting!

    • Thank you! This is really a fun dinner.

  18. P.S. My husband isn’t too fond of Old Bay, though. Is there another seasoning that you would suggest instead? Thanks!!

  19. Beth P.

    This sounds really delish! How many people does this feed and do you have to use “peels on” shrimp? Thanks for posting!!

  20. My husband would be there and not leave! We love crawfish and shrimp boils!

    • I’ve never had crawfish! But I love seafood boils!

  21. cookingwithcurls

    LOL…I think we all have a love hate relationship with sand!!! This looks so yummy. I will have to make it when my daughter gets home to prep her before she leaves again for South Carolina to go to college!

    • I hope she loves it!! Yeah, I’m done with sand for the year!

  22. Oh YEAH this is right up my alley, I love a good shrimp boil!! Pinning and adding to my fancy BufferApp. lol xoxo

    • Thank you Claire! We think this is such a fun meal!

    • Shrimp boil in October would be so fun! This is my kind of eating!

  23. Cindy N.

    Going to make this Saturday for hubby’s birthday. How many does this recipe feed? I’m excited to try it!

  24. Kelly

    How many does this serve?


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