Low Country Boil

Whenever we have a big family get-together a Low Country Boil is almost always on the menu.  It's a spicy mix of shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn, onions, carrots and whole cloves of garlic, all boiled together in huge pots of crab boil.  

To serve a crowd you'll need:
fresh, unpeeled shrimp
spicy sausage (we used Conecuh)
new red potatoes
sweet Vidalia onions
whole cloves of garlic
corn on the cob (fresh, homegrown Silver King)
(or any other vegetables you want - green beans are good, brussel sprouts...)
crab boil (we used Zatarain's)

(I didn't list amounts as they will vary depending on how many people you're cooking for.  For example, for this one we used 10 pounds of shrimp and had loads leftover.  There's no harm in leftovers!)

It's pretty easy to put together. Round up a few volunteers for the prep-work - shucking corn, chopping onions, separating garlic cloves and chopping potatoes and sausage into manageable-sized pieces.

In the meantime, get a big 'ol, pot full of water (or several pots) boiling with plenty of crab boil.

Once your water is boiling away, toss in your potatoes, onions, garlic, and sausage.  After a few minutes, throw in the carrots and any other veggies you've got.  If you're using frozen corn, put it in now.

You can dip things out as they get cooked, or just leave them so that they gets lots of that good spicy flavor.

Add the shrimp and corn last since they only need a few minutes to cook.

Serve everything up in big bowls or on a big serving platter and dig in!  Make sure you've got lots of cocktail sauce for dipping, and nice crusty bread to spread the garlic on.  Be sure to have lots of paper towels on the table as this is a hands-on, messy meal!

This is definitely a feast on it's own, but add a salad if you think it needs something green.

This isn't so much as a recipe as it is a suggestion.  There're really no set  rules when it comes to a Low Country Boil.  Just add whatever looks good and you can't go wrong!


  1. Great photos Liz!! Hoping you enjoy the rest of the week in paradise!!! Justin, Avery, Cole and I truly enjoyed seeing you guys this weekend.

    1. Thanks, Rebecca! It was great seeing y'all again. Maybe we'll get to catch up again when we're over your way!

  2. What a great recipe - easy to prep, easier to cook and fun to eat!
    Having eaten the Hamilton's Low Country Boil before I can attest to its taste - DELICIOUS!!!
    Many thanks, Owen

    1. Thanks, Owen!! We'll have to stock y'all up with some more crab boil ;) hope y'all are well!

  3. This looks fab! Living in the South, I've eaten a lot of low country boil, but this one looks great!

    1. Aw, thank you, Christine! You really can't go wrong with a low country boil, can you?!