How to make a traditional South Carolina Dish called Low Country Boil
A Low Country Boil is a traditional dish that has been enjoyed by South Carolinians for ages. It combines fresh shrimp, sweet corn, red potatoes, and smoked sausage for an all in one dish that is sure to be a hit at your next party. Some folks also add in blue crab to their dish. You can add or take away what you like and still have an awesome meal.
Frogmore is a small town that is located on St. Helena Island in Beaufort County.
Low Country Boil also called Frogmore stew is said to have originated in Frogmore, South Carolina. Frogmore is a small town that is located on St. Helena Island in Beaufort County. Home to the Gullah Culture that was part of the first slaves sent here to the US from West Africa. This is a sad part of US history, but their culture is what has inspired many traditional Southern dishes.
Parties, weddings, family gatherings, and other such events serve a Low Country Boil because it feeds a lot of people.
Low Country Boil is meant to be enjoyed as a gathering meal. Parties, weddings, family gatherings, and other such events serve a Low Country Boil because it feeds a lot of people. Once cooked, the stew is drained then poured out on a long table. Guest gather around to feast on the smorgasbord. Scroll to the bottom for a printable version of the recipe and make sure to watch our how-to video on how to make this one of a kind awesome dish!
Low Country Boil
- 2 Tsp Old Bay Seasoning Per quart of water
- 6 Easrs Sweet Corn Cut into 3 inch sections
- 3 Lbs Red Potatoes Cut into quarters
- 2-3 Lbs Fresh Shrimp Leave in shell. Can use Frozen if you can't get fresh
- 1-2 Lbs Smoked Sausage
- Start by filling up a large stock pot with cold water till its half way full.
- Bring to a boil and add in Old Bay Seasoning.
- Once water is boiing, add in potatoes.
- Then add in your Smoked Sausage.
- Cook for 20 minutes
- After 20 minutes, add in your cut up sweet corn.
- Cook for 10 minutes
- After 10 minutes, add in your shrimp.
- Cook for 3 minutes.
- After 3 minutes is up, remove from heat and let set in the seasoned water for 15-20 mins. This allows it to soak up all the flavor. I feel this is the most important step.
- Traditionally, Low Country Boil is poured out on a long table covered with brown craft paper or newspaper but you can serve out of the pot if you prefer.