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If you love seafood and a fun family recipe that brings memories to every table then you MUST cook a Low Country Boil (or what my dad calls a high country boil since we live in the mountains). Preparing a Low Country Boil has become something of a tradition in our family for big family gatherings/vacations. It is more than just food; it’s an experience worth having.
For those of you who are wondering what in the world is a Low Country Boil…let me introduce you!
As the name suggest this is a recipe derived from the low country (South Carolina and Georgia). A Low Country Boil or a shrimp boil consists of shrimp, potatoes, corn, sausage and seasonings that you boil in a huge stock pot. There are many variations and methods to prepare this delicious meal therefore, I will share with you the methods we use and have perfected after many attempts.
Step 1: Prepping the Table for the Low Country Boil
First of all, to best prepare for the end result it is a good idea if you can find some parchment paper or newspaper to lay out on the table. Most people use newspaper but we like copy paper or wax paper. Wax paper seems to work best, in my opinion.
Step 2: Finding the Right Pot
Get a big stock pot (shown above) and fill about half way with water. I believe this one pictured is a 16 qt. pot which works best. When feeding our family on vacations we generally use 2 pots because we have so much food!
Step 3: Seasoning, Sausage and Potatoes
Once the water has come to a rolling boil add the potatoes and sausage. I also add some Old Bay seasoning to the water. Quarter your potatoes for faster cooking and chop your sausage links about an inch and a half long. Cook the potatoes and sausage for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Final ingredients for the Low Country Boil
After the potatoes and sausage have cooked for 10 minutes add the corn and continue to cook everything for 5 minutes. You can purchase fresh ears of corn however, we have found that frozen ears of corn work just as well (and come pre-chopped). Finally, add the shrimp and cook for about 4 minutes or until the shrimp are pink. Fresh shrimp is the best but frozen shrimp works well too.
Step 5: Straining the Low Country Boil
You are almost ready to eat! Take that huge stock pot and drain all the liquid from it. The best way to do this is put a colander (or 2) in the sink and dump all the ingredients into it.
Step 6: Serve It Up
The final step!! Now take the colander (s) and dump the low country boil out onto your paper you set up in step 1. Feast your eyes and bellies on a delicious meal. We like to melt some butter and have it on the table for dipping purposes.
Congratulations! Job well done! You now know how to cook a low country boil! Let me know in the comments how it turned out for you 🙂
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Low Country Boil
- Stock Pot
- 2 lbs potatoes red or russets
- 1 package Roger Wood Lumber Jack Sausage
- 2 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning can set some aside to sprinkle on as you eat
- 1 bag frozen ears of corn if using fresh corn do one ear per person
- 2 lbs raw shrimp fresh or frozen
- Fill a 14 qt (or larger) stock pot about half way full of water and set on stove at high heat. Let the water come to a rolling boil. While waiting on the water setup an area on the table to dump the Low Country boil once completed
- Once the water has come to a rolling boil add seasoning, potatoes and sausage. Cook for 10 minutes
- When 10 minutes is up add the corn and cook all together for about 5 minutes.
- Add shrimp after the 5 minutes is done and cook all together for 4 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked through and pink.
- Take the stock pot to the sink and strain the water out with a colander. Then take the Low Country Boil and dump it on the paper set up at a table. Dig in and enjoy!!
- We use copy paper or wax paper but most people use newspaper laid out on the table for serving.
- Make sure you don't overcook your potatoes! You don't want mushy potatoes.
- We like to melt butter and place it on the table for dipping.
- You can add more Old Bay seasoning after the Low Country Boil is on the paper for extra seasoning if desired.