Lowcountry Boil

lowcountry boil recipe

I have written about my love affair with Charleston before and decided to make some of my favorite Charleston foods to take a stroll back in time. Last week was a big week for us. My husband and I left our children for the first time ever to go my friend’s Charleston wedding. We just walked around and remembered what we love about that gorgeous city. After we left Charleston, we headed back to my mother-in-law’s (who was a saint and watched our children for us) house and I decided to make Lowcountry Boil for her to say thank you. Selfishly, I made Lowcountry Boil because I love it and because she is a picky eater and does in fact like shrimp. It is a meal that encourages conversation because it takes a long time to eat. You are peeling shrimp and chatting and making a mess and you cannot help but have a good time while eating it.

When I lived in the South, I ate shrimp all the time. As much as I love living on the West coast, I really do miss the seafood that comes from the East coast. Yes, we get shrimp and crab, but it just is not the same. I have had many a party where we served Lowcountry Boil. It is a pretty perfect dish to make for a crowd. It is easy to make. You can prep everything ahead of time. It can make enough to serve 2 or to serve 20. All you need is some good beer, crusty garlic bread and some cocktail sauce. This meal is meant to be messy. We eat it outside with the table covered in newspaper.

We used a turkey fryer (in the rain) and cooked it outside but you could just use a very large stock pot and cook it over the stove.

lowcountry boil recipeThis is the amount that I used to serve 4 people with plenty leftover. You can obviously change the amounts to serve the amount of guests you are having.

half of a container Old Bay seasoning
4 lemons halved
2 onion quartered and unpeeled
3 pounds red potatoes
1 package kielbasa sliced into chunks
6 ears corn, halved
2 1/2 pounds extra large shrimp (21/25 count)

Cocktail Sauce
Garlic Bread

Bring the lemons, onions, and Old Bay, and 3 quarts of water to a rolling boil.

lowcountry boil recipeAdd the potatoes and let cook for 10 minutes. I check to make sure that they are getting tender. You still have some cooking time, but I get so mad when I undercook my potatoes.

lowcountry boil recipesAdd the kielbasa.

lowcountry boil recipeAnd the corn. Boil for 10 more minutes.

lowcountry boil recipeCook the shrimp for 3 minutes. They shrimp will be pink.

lowcountry boil recipeWhen the shrimp are cooked, strain the liquid from the pot. Put the Boil into bowls.

lowcountry boil recipeI serve the Boil with butter for the corn and also the leftover garlic butter from the garlic bread, sliced lemons, cocktail sauce, extra Old Bay, and lots of papertowels.

lowcountry boilAnd lots of cold beer.

lowcountry boil recipe

Lowcountry Boil

Lowcountry Boil

Yield: serves 6 to 8

Lowcountry Boil - a South Carolina Classic. Shrimp, Sausage, Corn, Potatoes steamed in a spicy broth. Pour out onto a newspaper lined table and go to town.

Ingredients

  • half of a container Old Bay seasoning
  • 4 lemons halved
  • 2 onion quartered and unpeeled
  • 3 pounds red potatoes
  • 1 package kielbasa sliced into chunks
  • 6 ears corn, halved
  • 2 1/2 pounds extra large shrimp (21/25 count)

Instructions

  1. Bring the lemons, onions, and Old Bay, and 3 quarts of water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add the potatoes and let cook for 10 minutes. I check to make sure that they are getting tender. You still have some cooking time, but I get so mad when I undercook my potatoes.
  3. Add the kielbasa.
  4. And the corn. Boil for 10 more minutes.
  5. Cook the shrimp for 3 minutes. They shrimp will be pink.
  6. When the shrimp are cooked, strain the liquid from the pot. Put the Boil into bowls.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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42 Comments

  • I’ve always loved the idea of a seafood boil, I’ve just never done it. Probably because I am perfectly content with just dungeness crab and sourdough bread. Do we by any chance get a recipe for the clams next? I’m always on the lookout for new clam recipes.

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    • It is really easy to do, although I would be content with crab and bread too. The clams were just scrubbed and thrown on the grill until they opened. That was it.

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  • I graduated from the College of Charleston way back when and was married there and am too still so in love with the city! A Low Country Boil is for sure the best meal ever, especially surrounded by loved ones on the beach…and it is so EASY!

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  • Wow! This is an awesome looking dish and the photos are great! Thanks for sharing this! I will be sharing it with my readers at https://outdoorcookingdepot.com/blog with a credit to you of course! Will definitely have to try this recipe!!!!

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  • I’ve always wanted to prepare seafood this way but never have. I really need to soon because I know my whole family would love it. Great pictures.

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    • it is so good this way. plus it is an easy clean up meal. everything is prepped and ready before you start to cook it.

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    • it is so easy to make and an easy clean up. it is one of my favorites.

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  • I’m lovin that palmetto coozie! I currently go to Clemson University in SC and also love Charleston! My boyfriend will be down there studying architecture this year. I love your website and we love to try your recipes!!

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    • thanks! I went to College of Charleston. My husband and I met in Charleston, it is a special place for us.

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  • I absolutely love the food down here in Charleston. Putting together a boil is one of my favorites and yours looks incredible. Definitely get the thumbs up for using Old Bay and Garlic Bread in the meal. Now I’m hungry

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    • thank you! I love Charleston, it will always have a special place in my heart.

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  • Baked Bree –
    Was born in Charleston (on Tradd St) and my mother was born, raised and buried there. Went to C of C, as did her five other siblings back in the 30s. I have cousins etc who have gone to C of C and I almost went. Since they lived on Glebe St, all they had to do (back then) is climb a fence or go round the corner. Now C of C owns the family’s house. We too had the low country boil or shucked the local shrimp on newspapers spread out on the formal dining room table. I have lived in Alaska for 42 years, but then and now Charleston is still very special and I take the time to visit when on the East Coast. And yes, the East Coast shrimp is special, but prefer the Alaska crab to East coast (heresy).
    Kathy

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    • Hi Kathy! Wow, you have quite the history in my beloved Charleston. Where do you live in Alaska? We have a lot of friends in Kodiak.

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  • Another item to add is Brussels sprouts. Normally I hate them but for some reason they are amazing in this dish. I’ve also had it with eggs as well. Just thrown in and hard boiled. Enjoy!

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  • Wanted to say I just came accross your website and love it! Found alot of wonderful recipes to try out. I was born and raised in Charleston (West Ashley) and love it here. I moved to NC for two years with my husband being in the military, but we are FINALLY back! I cant see myself settling down anywhere else.

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    • I love Charleston, will always be a special place for me. I used to teach at the old Drayton Hall Middle School in West Ashley. Small world!

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  • This looks so delicious! It is so great to hear how much people love Charleston, even after they leave for a while. It really is such an interesting and wonderful environment to live in, especially since the weather is getting so lovely. Also, there is so much going on in the cultural and business worlds of the city, including our local internet business, QuickFoxes.com. We are Charleston-bred and we love to make your life simple! Check us out at https://www.quickfoxes.com/home/ Happy fall weather everyone!

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  • Love your recipe. I have cooked a low country boil many times just like your’s. I add 3 jalapino pepers, and a bottle of beer to the mixjust to spices it up a little. Must be the Texan in me. I have never had the pleasure of visiting Charlston, but I plan to in the near future. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.
    Dan

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  • Going to try Monday night for the Falcons Saints game. There are going to be about 10 people so I will double the recipe. Looks like this is going to be a hit. Thanks for the info. Merry Christmas and Go Falcons!

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  • Missing the Market, the Children’s Museum and Rainbow Row. Thanks so much for this recipe. I am way up north in Bellingham, Washington now, and my friends are in for a treat! By the way, my 14 year old son’s request for breakfast after his sleep-over birthday party? The most awesome crumb cake I found here. Had to make a couple of them!

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    • Me too! I loved living in Charleston, it will always have a special place in my heart.

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  • Hey 🙂 Any idea of how many this can feed. I’m trying to adjust recipe for a party of 20 people 🙂

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    • I would do a 1/2 pound of shrimp per person and adjust the rest of the ingredients.

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  • Bakedbree,

    I live down in Key West, FL but was born and raised in Charleston where I will always consider my home. I used your recipe last night cooking for my boyfriend who is from Boston and had never even heard of it before. (Also a picky eater; also loves shrimp) Needless to say, it went over very well…thanks for the website! Abd on a side note, my mom also used to teach at Drayton Hall Middle in the late 80s/early 90s and I went there in the 6th grade (91) before we all moved to Aiken.

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    • You are kidding! What a small world! So glad that you liked it.

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  • Thank you for posting this! My mother met my father when he was a cadet at The Citadel and I spent every summer in Charleston growing up. Some of my fondest memories are sitting on the back porch shucking corn and peeling shrimp so my Grandma could make this. I had totally forgotten about this. Well, I am about to introduce a whole bunch of Texans to the Low Country Boil!

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  • Thanks for posting this. I lived in the south for a while and loved going to low country boil parties. However, when I looked up other recipes on line to try to replicate that they didn’t include some of the ingredients I remembered were in the ones at parties I attended (namely the onions and lemons).

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  • As summer approaches and cooking outdoord becomes the norm, I will definately give this a try

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  • So good, we add alittle more old bay and Brussel sprouts to ours but live this, thank you.

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