One big pot, fresh seafood and a few other simple ingredients is all you need for one of the south’s favorite meals. Full of amazing flavors from herbs, spices and sausage combined with summer corn, onions and potatoes makes a low country boil a favorite of everyone around the table.
A low country boil is a unique thing in the south. It’s a whole meal cooked in one big pot but it’s also an event, like in “I’m going to a low country boil” which means your’re going to a party serving a low country boil. Am I making sense? How cool is that a recipe born out of necessity has become so celebrated?
One of the reasons I think a low county boil is such a favorite dish to serve is because it’s easy. The ingredients go into one big pot and all you need to insure success is a timer. Another reason everyone love it is because of the flavor. Its hard to tell which ingredient is the star of the show but for me, perfectly seasoned and cooked shrimp always wins out. Next, is the corn which gets flavored with all the juices from the shrimp, sausage and Old Bay seasoning…it’s just heavenly.
This past week, our family spent a week at one of our favorite places – the beach. We’ve been going to the same stretch of beautiful Crystal Coast for years and have our own special traditions while there. One of those traditions includes a low country boil and it never disappoints. Along side this amazing dish, I serve melted butter, lemon wedges, homemade cocktail sauce, horseradish sauce and our favorite hot sauce. When it’s time for the feast, all that’s needed is a newspaper table cloth and lots of paper towels.
If you’re looking for an outstanding way to entertain, then a low country boil it the answer. It’s a perfect way to feed a family or a crowd and clean up is a breeze. This is a special one pot meal that guarantees happy memories will be made around the table year after year!
Low Country Boil
- 5 lbs small new potatoes
- 4 lbs sweet onions - halved
- 4 packages of smoked kielbasa cut into 2 inch pieces
- 12 ears of corn - broken into halves or thirds
- 6-8 lemons - halved
- 5-6 lbs shrimp
- 3/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning
- Fill large pot about 3/4 full of water, place on an outdoor cooker and bring to a boil. **2 bottles of beer may be added if desired.
- Turn to a med-high heat. Add Old Bay Seasoning and mix into water.
- Gently place potatoes into pot - cook 10 minutes.
- Add corn, sausage and onions - cook for 5 minutes.
- Squeeze lemons and add to pot along with shrimp - cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Drain liquid and dump boil onto a table covered in newspaper.
- Have a little melted butter and horseradish sauce on hand....grab your favorite drink and dig in!