Low Country Boil Also Known As Frogmore Stew

by Alli

October is National Seafood month so I’m sharing a favorite at my house – Low Country Boil. A low country boil is a simple and easy one-pot seafood dinner and it’s a thing here in South Carolina. It’s also known as Frogmore Stew and no, there are no frogs involved in this delicious seafood dish.

Frogmore is the name of a community in the middle of St. Helena Island, near Beaufort, South Carolina. Although there are many versions of this dish around, the name Frogmore Stew, according to Wikipedia, was coined in the 1960s by Richard Gay, one of the owners of Gay Fish Company, circa 1948, on St. Helena Island.

Low Country Boil

Summer is the only season to enjoy a low country boil. According to the calendar, we are well into fall. Of course, last week we had days where it reached 89º F so there’s that. I’ve been known to wear shorts on Christmas day here in South Carolina. The weather doesn’t really matter because I can eat this meal any time of the year.

Low Country Boil Recipe

I love that a Low Country Boil is made in one large pot. Therefore, cleanup is easy and there’s not a whole lot of prep work either.

You can make a low country boil in a large stockpot on the stove or take it outside and cook it on an outdoor cooker. This is one of those recipes that differ from one southern cook to the next. Usually, a low country boil consists of sausage, shrimp, potatoes, corn, and onions. Add crabs if you like, but my version doesn’t contain crabs. If I had some on hand, I’d add them too.

Low Country Boil

A low country boil is one of the easiest meals to cook. Fill a large stockpot with water – 1/3 of the way full. Add Old Bay seasoning, salt, pepper, and onions to the water. Bring to a boil.

Old Bay Seasoning for Low Country Boil

Next, add sausage and potatoes and cook for about 30 minutes. Add corn and cook for 8 minutes. Add shrimp and cook 3-5 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink and are done.

Recipe for Low Country Boil

Drain and serve immediately. Grab a plate or large bowl and dig in.

Low Country Boil Recipe

Low Country Boil

Yield: 10 Servings

Low Country Boil's are popular here in the south. If you are a seafood lover, you will love this dish.


  • 1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 medium Vidalia (or any sweet onion) onions, cut into quarters
  • 3 pounds cooked kielbasa sausage (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 3 pounds new potatoes (red potatoes)
  • 8 ears of corn, cut into thirds
  • 4 pounds large shrimp (peeled and deveined)


  1. Fill a large stockpot 1/3 full of water. Add the Old Bay seasoning, salt, pepper, and onions to the water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add sausage and potatoes and cook for about 30 minutes. Add corn and cook for 8 minutes. Add shrimp and cook 3-5 minutes or until shrimp turns pink.
  3. Drain and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 725Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 402mgSodium 4405mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 54g

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To help celebrate seafood month, I’m going to make this one-pot meal again before the month is over. What’s your favorite seafood dish?

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robin rue October 24, 2018 - 8:35 am

My husband loves shrimp, so this is totally perfect for him. It’s easy enough to make, so I might make him a batch!

Phoebe October 24, 2018 - 8:51 am

These all look amazing, I’m going to have to try the hushpuppies sometime soon. Great recipes and none look too complicated either for novice cooks like me.

Terri Steffes October 24, 2018 - 9:16 am

We are seafood fans here and I have been to a “boil” before but I hadn’t heard it called a low country boil. I wonder how it gets its name. Whatever, it looks delicious!

Jeanette October 24, 2018 - 9:40 am

This looks absolutely amazing! Our family loves seafood in something like this would go down very quickly in our house.

Melanie October 24, 2018 - 11:57 am

I have heard of a low country boil but never a frogmore stew. This looks like a tasty dish, though! Maybe I’ll be able to make this soon.

Melissa Chapman October 24, 2018 - 12:37 pm

The pictures are making me so hungry. Such a good combination of flavors and I know my son would love a shrimp dish like this.

candy October 24, 2018 - 2:58 pm

going to have to make this for sure. Perfect for fall and everyone in my family would enjoy this dish.

Amber Myers October 24, 2018 - 3:50 pm

My kids would really like this. They are all about seafood. I don’t think we’ve ever had a boil before. I am sure I’d love those hushpuppies.

Lisa Martin October 24, 2018 - 9:59 pm

This looks great. We usually do it with crawfish. I like the shrimp, it seems easier.

Tasheena October 24, 2018 - 10:42 pm

My family loves seafood. This recipe would be so much fun to make for my family this weekend.

Ashley Grant October 25, 2018 - 10:10 am

I’ve only had a low country boil once, and it wasn’t done very well so the shrimp was overcooked and the corn and potatoes were undercooked. I’ve always wanted to try it myself though. I’ll have to try your method and see if it’s any better than my first experience.

Melissa October 25, 2018 - 10:44 am

I LOVE a good low country boil. One of my favorite things to order when we visit Hilton Head, SC. I am going to have to try your recipe!

Heather October 25, 2018 - 2:31 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever had this. I love that you can make it all in one pot. So convenient!

Kita Bryant October 25, 2018 - 3:07 pm

I love a good low country boil. I eat them anytime I can; so much flavor!

HilLesha October 25, 2018 - 10:17 pm

I have never heard of this, but it looks delicious! Someone like me would love this recipe since seafood is her favorite. I’ll have to share the link to your recipe with her!

Lynsey October 25, 2018 - 10:25 pm

This looks amazing! Every seafood dish tastes amazing with old bay seasoning, I’ll be trying this recipe out!

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations October 26, 2018 - 2:29 am

I have to confess, this looks absolutely amazing. My husband would go ham on this!

Bethel Esmillarin October 26, 2018 - 11:18 am

I love seafood!! And by seafood I always expect shrimps! This one’s so easy to make since the ingredients are abundant here in my country 🙂 — http://www.travelberries.com

Angie October 26, 2018 - 12:42 pm

Oh goodness, it’s been waaaaay too long since I had a Low Country Boil. I need this soon… We don’t have many good ones here in my landlocked state, but I try to get one when I’m in Georgia or Oregon. So good.

Carin Kilby Clark October 27, 2018 - 11:21 pm

This low country boil looks soooo delicious! I love me some seafood so I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂


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