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lowcountry boil

This is the second of the two main courses from the 4th of July Pot-Luck Pool Party.

shrimp boil

Have you heard of Frogmore Stew? How about Lowcountry Boil? The Boil, I knew about, the Stew I didn’t. Or at least I thought I didn’t. Turns out they are the same thing.

Here is the history of this dish, according to Coastal Living Magazine, “Once called Frogmore Stew, this one-pot wonder was created by a National Guardsman when he needed to cook a meal for 100 soldiers. Richard Gay, who learned the recipe from his family, had everyone remembering his stew. The dish was named Frogmore, where Richard was from, by the guards who teased him about home. The United States Postal Service eliminated the name Frogmore, which changed this popular dish to Lowcountry Boil.”

aidells sausage

You can use whatever type of cooked sausage you would like. I prefer Aidells Pineapple & Bacon Smoked Chicken Sausage, which I find at Costco. I also get the shrimp at Costco. It is already deveined and ready to drop in the pot.

old bay

Lowcountry Boil

  • 5 ears fresh corn on the cob
  • 1 ½ cups Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 pounds cooked sausage or kielbasa, cut into chunks
  • 4 pounds large shrimp in the shell, deveined and defrosted if frozen

Cocktail Sauce

  • 1 cup cocktail sauce
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • Juice from 1 large lemon

Lemon wedges, for garnish


Shuck and remove silk from corn. Then trim ends and break them into halves. Then cut each half in half for a total of 20 pieces. You may also use frozen corn nibblers, keep them frozen and drop them directly into the pot.

Fill a very large pot with water. Add 1 cup of the Old Bay seasoning and bring to a boil.

cocktail sauce

Cocktail Sauce: While the water comes to a boil, combine the cocktail sauce, horseradish, and lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

lowcountry boil

Once the seasoning water is boiling, add the sausage and corn, stir and bring back to a boil. Cook for 8 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and then pour the shrimp, corn, and sausage onto a large platter covered with newspaper or directly onto an outdoor table covered with newspaper. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup Old Bay seasoning. Garnish with lemon wedges, set out the cocktail sauce, and serve immediately.

Serves 10 to 12

shrimp and sausage boil



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1 comment

1 Marissa { 07.18.16 at 6:38 AM }

Looks delicious!! 🙂

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