Entertaining, Food

Recipe: Low Country Boil


Just in time for Thanksgiving! This Low Country Boil recipe is popular in the coastal states, this simplified version uses shrimp — but other shellfish can be added if you desire. Make sure you have plenty of friends and family on hand since a “boil” is more of a gathering than just a meal.

Low Country Boil Recipe – (Serves 8)


  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 quarts water
  • 8 medium red potatoes, cut in quarters
  • 2 large Vidalia onions, cut in wedges
  • 2 pounds smoked sausage, cut in 2-inch lengths
  • 8 ears frozen corn on the cob, thawed
    (use fresh if available)
  • 4 pounds large uncooked shrimp, in shells


1. In an 8-quart stockpot, bring Old Bay,
salt and water to a boil.

2. Add potatoes and onions; cook over high heat for 8 minutes.

3. Add smoked sausage; continue to cook
on high for 5 minutes.

4. Add corn to pot; continue to boil for
7 minutes.

5. Add shrimp in shells, cook for 4 minutes.

6. Drain cooking liquid, then pour contents
of pot onto paper (or foil) lined table or

7. Sprinkle with additional Old Bay and
squeezed lemon.