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Low Country Shrimp Boil Recipe

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When you hear those four words, Low Country Shrimp Boil do memories come flooding back? They do for me.

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Low Country Shrimp Boil is one of our go-to meal ideas for any big family get-together no matter the occasion. It is also a fabulous one-dish dinner with easy clean-up and you will love the easy ways to serve this fun meal.

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Ingredients for shrimp boil

  • 4 lbs. shrimp peeled and divined
  • 5 lbs. small red potatoes, washed Do not cut up.
  • 3 (16 oz.) pkgs. smoked sausage
  • 1 (12 count pkg.) frozen corn-on-the-cob minis
  • 4 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
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My hubby is usually in charge of the cooking for our Lowcountry boil and I am his trusty assistant. We have been making this meal together for quite a few years for many different occasions, including this Mardi Gras party.

You are going to need a giant pot for this classic southern recipe. Go ahead and invite a bunch of folks over and plan on having a good time.

You can cook a good Low country boil in a large stockpot like a big dutch oven on the stovetop for a small crowd or in an outdoor fry/boiler pot like this one.

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How to cook low country boil

It is important what order you place the ingredients into the seasoned boiling water!

Step 1

Fill the large pot about halfway with water and bring it to a full rolling boil. Add the seasoning to the water.

Does your crowd enjoy a more spicy flavor? Go ahead and a whole cup of Old Bay Seasoning. Then if you are really feeling brave, toss in a dash of cayenne pepper. We don’t usually get the whole meal too spicy for a party. You can serve additional seasonings on the side for those who prefer more heat.

Step 2

Potatoes go in first. Carefully drop the potatoes into the boiling seasoned water.

Red potatoes are best. If you can’t find the baby red potatoes use the larger ones and cut them in half. You could also use Yukon gold potatoes. Allow the potatoes to boil for about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Next, add the sausage and boil for 10 minutes.

We like Smoked sausage in our shrimp boil but you could also use Andouille sausage, spicy sausage, beef sausage, or whatever flavor you prefer.

A recent poll among our low country boil guests revealed that the most favorite part of the boil was the sausage!

Step 4

Now add the corn and allow to boil for about 10 more minutes. 

You can buy full-size corn and cut it in half but it is simply easier to buy the mini corn cobs. You can drop it into the pot frozen, no need to thaw.

Step 5

Add the shrimp last because it only needs about 3 minutes to cook.

Should you peel the shrimp before cooking?

Yes and no. That is up to you. We always peel ours first to make the eating process much easier. It is perfectly fine to cook them unpeeled. It just means more work to eat them.

How much shrimp per person?

A good rule of thumb with the shrimp is a minimum of about 1/2 lb. to 1 lb. per person for a lowcountry shrimp boil.

What kind of shrimp to use for lowcountry shrimp boil

Jumbo shrimp are best with a low country boil party. I like to buy the “e-z” peel variety that you can find at the grocery store in the seafood department.

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Be sure to adjust the amount of seasoning to your family’s tastes. We use 4 Tbsp. of Old Bay to get a good flavor but you may want yours either stronger or not as strong.

You know if your family likes spicy. We don’t prefer too much spice. Leave a bottle of hot sauce on the table for those who may want more kick.

How to serve low country boil

One of the fun aspects of this meal is how it is served. Typically you just dump everything out onto the center of the serving table which has been covered with either newspaper or brown wrapping paper. We prefer brown paper.

What to serve with low country boil

A good low country boil recipe is a full meal by itself. So if you don’t want to serve sides, there is no need. That being said, it is also perfectly fine to serve a few sides if you are having a big low country boil party.

Bread is a good side with melted butter.

Coleslaw is another southern favorite and serves well as a side with any seafood dish.

Some folks enjoy a nice Southern Potato Salad with this fun meal.

Lemon wedges, tartar sauce, and cocktail sauce should be served on the side.

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The best thing about this low country boil recipe for me is that it is one of my favorite one-pot meals. You can even serve it dumped into a cooler if you are feeding a crowd. Let them dip their own. The cooler keeps it nice and warm.

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Low Country Shrimp Boil

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A simple and easy recipe for Low Country Shrimp Boil. No crawfish in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs. shrimp peeled and divined
  • 5 lbs. small red potatoes, washed Do not cut up.
  • 3 (16 oz.) pkgs. smoked sausage
  • 1 (12 count pkg.) frozen corn-on-the-cob minis
  • 4 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pot about half full with water and bring to a boil. You can divide the ingredients between 2 pots if necessary.
    Add the Old Bay seasoning to the pot. Adjust the amount of seasoning to your tastes.
    Add whole potatoes to the boiling water and cook for about 5 minutes.
    Now, add cut-up sausage and cook for about 10 minutes.
    Add corn and return to boil. Cook for about 10 minutes.
    Add shrimp and cook for no more than 3 more minutes.
    Drain and serve.
    Traditionally served poured onto newspaper or brown paper.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 377Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 322mgSodium 2137mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 4gSugar 3gProtein 40g

Nutrition information is estimated and may not be exact based on uncontrolled variables in home kitchens used by each individual cook.

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  1. Being from the Midwest, a shrimp boil doesn’t happen very often in our neck of the woods, but your recipe looks great and I know my shrimp loving family would love to give this one a try! I’m pinning to share with my husband to see if we can get our own party started soon! Thanks for sharing Shirley!

  2. You would think since I live in The Low Country of South Carolina I would have a great recipe for this. I don’t though. I’ve actually never made it. Yours looks wonderful. My oldest son loves making Low Country Boil. I’m not sure what his recipe is, but I know he loves Old Bay, too. I’m going to share your recipe with him. It might give him some ideas.

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