One big pot, fresh seafood, and a few other simple ingredients are 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 make 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 you’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 ensure success is a timer. Another reason everyone loves 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. Alongside 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 boils 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!
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- 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
- ¾ cup Old Bay Seasoning
- Fill large pot about ¾ 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!
I’m going too host a Low Country Boil on the 19th for 12 people. Do I just double the original recipe? Also, I assume raw shrimp? And what size? Thank you!
Thank you so much for reaching out, these are all great questions! I would double the original recipe if you’re hosting 12, and I might throw in some extra sausage and shrimp because that’s what people tend to eat the most of. As for the shrimp, you can use raw or frozen; I use raw but that’s just personal preference. As for the size of the shrimp, this is again personal preference, I use either normal or jumbo depending on how many people are eating. I hope this helps, let me know how everyone enjoys it! Thanks for your support!
Can you give me a recipe to use for cooking for a large croud..like 30-50 .. using a 100 quart pot
That’s a great question! I would quadruple the recipe for 30-50 people. I would use 20lb of potatoes, 16 lbs of sweet onions, 16 packages of smoked kielbasa, 36 ears of corn broken in half, and about 20 lbs of shrimp. For the corn you can just buy as many ears of corn as there are people attending end then cut in half so everyone gets 2. It sounds like y’all are going to have a great party, let me know how the Low Country Boil turns out!
We did our boil in June and hit was a big hit!! Doing another with a different group this weekend. Could I add scallops and if so how long would we leave in?
Hey there Debbie!
I am thrilled to hear y’all enjoyed this recipe, thank you so much for your sweet words! Adding scallops sounds like a great idea, I would wait until the very end to add them though. Scallops only take about 2 to 3 minutes to cook, so I would just adding them to your pot about 3 minutes before you are going to drain the water and serve it. I hope this is helpful, let me know how it goes!
I so want to try this recipe but I don’t see how many it serves?
I can usually feed around 6 people with this recipe.