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I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far.
Here in the Northeast we are in the middle of a heatwave. For me it has been wonderful! I love hot weather and it has been in the high 80’s. I wait all year to bask in the warmth of July.
Bob and I are slowly coming out of vacation mode. It’s been tough. We really had a nice relaxing time in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; spending days on the beach and nights eating southern cuisine.
I have a few southern favorites and you know from my last post that “She Crab Soup” is one of them. I hope some of you tried the recipe for the soup.
Now I am going to try and make another favorite dish from vacation,
“Low Country Shrimp Boil”.
Basically it is a combination of shrimp, smokey sausage, sweet corn, onions and new potatoes boiled all together with seafood seasonings. The shrimp boil we had on vacation also included some clams so I am going to add clams to my shrimp boil.
You can really add any other seafood that you and your family enjoy. Some shrimp boil recipes added crabs & crawfish.
But the key is to add ingredients in a certain order.
While doing some research for the recipe, I found out the origin of this dish and I wanted to share it with you…
The story is that a National Guardsman and shrimper named Richard Gay invented the dish in the 1960s in order to feed 100 soldiers during a National Guard exercise and he needed to stretch the shrimp since it was a more expensive ingredient. He named the dish after his hometown of Frogmore, South Carolina, a community on St. Helena Island.
This dish goes by many different names…
*Low Country Boil or Frogmore Stew in Georgia & South Carolina
*One Pot in Alabama
*Farmers Seafood Boil in the Gulf Coast of Texas
Think of it as the equivalent of a New England clam bake in the Northeast.
So I took out my 12 qt. stockpot, bought all of my ingredients and set out to make my very own Low Country Shrimp Boil.
I know the traditional way to serve this dish is drained from the broth and straight out of the pot on a newspaper lined picnic table but I had a different idea.
I purchased a vinyl “Shrimp & Crab Boil” tablecloth (I couldn’t help myself, I had to have it) while shopping on Amazon one night and served the food in my paella pan.
Loved the tablecloth because it gives the appearance of the newspaper lined picnic table.
I also took out my red plastic fast food baskets I use for the beach, for individual shrimp boil servings; but this time I paired them with a new purchase. I bought newspaper designed food liners.
I love the look when restaurants serve french fries in newspaper, and I was so happy to find the liners.
I came across the liners another night while shopping on Amazon and originally bought them to go along with the french fry serving baskets that you saw in the 4th of July post.
Now they came in handy and were perfect with the shrimp boil.
Serve this meal with ice cold beverages; either beer, lemonade or sweet tea.
Now if I only had a peach cobbler or hand pie for dessert, it would complete my southern meal. I have to work on a recipe for that.
I looked through a lot of recipes and the recipe I liked the best was from Epicurious Magazine, so here it is. Give it a try and start out with a 12 qt. stockpot.
This recipe serves 10, so adjust your ingredients accordingly to how many guests you are serving. Enjoy!
Low Country Shrimp Boil
YIELD – 10- 12 servings …ACTIVE TIME – 20 minutes …TOTAL TIME – 45 minutes
Photo of the traditional way to serve this dish on newspaper…
- For the shrimp boil:
- 2 lemons, quartered
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
- 1/2 -3/4 cup crab and shrimp boil seasoning, such as Old Bay, plus more, or 4 (3-ounce) bags Zatarain’s Crawfish, Shrimp, and Crab Boil (See Cooks’ Note)
- 4 pounds small new potatoes (about 1 1/2″ in diameter)
- 2 pounds smoked pork sausage (about 4 links), such as kielbasa, cut into 2″ pieces
- 2 sweet or yellow onions, peeled, quartered
- 8 ears of corn, shucked, cut in half
- 4 pounds fresh large shrimp (31–35 count; preferably wild-caught), unpeeled
- For the cocktail sauce (optional):
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Louisiana-style hot sauce, such as Crystal (to taste; optional)
- For the lemon butter sauce (optional):
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice
- Louisiana-style hot sauce, such as Crystal (to taste; optional)
- Special Equipment
- A large (at least 12-quart) stockpot, preferably with a perforated insert, or 2 large (at least 6-quart) pots
- Cook the shrimp boil:
- Fill stockpot with 6 qt. water (if using 2 pots, divide ingredients and water between them). Add lemons, bay leaves, salt, peppercorns, and 1/2 cup seasoning, cover, and bring to a rolling boil. Add potatoes, return to a boil, and cook 7 minutes. Add sausage and onions, return to a boil, and cook 5 minutes. Add corn, return to a boil, and cook until corn is cooked and potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, about 5 minutes more.
- Add shrimp and cook (no need to return to a boil), stirring gently, until shrimp turn pink, about 3 minutes. Remove insert or drain through a very large colander.
- Make the cocktail sauce:
- Stir ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and hot sauce, if using, in a medium bowl.
- Make the lemon-butter sauce:
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in lemon juice and hot sauce, if using. Taste and add more lemon juice, if needed. Cover and let sit in a warm place.
- Serve the shrimp boil:
- Serve shrimp boil on a newspaper-lined table or large platters. Dust with additional Old Bay, if using. Serve with sauces alongside, if desired.
- Do Ahead
- Cocktail sauce can be made 1 week ahead. Transfer to an airtight container and chill.
Use 3/4 cup Old Bay for a more richly seasoned boil. Choose Zatarain’s Crawfish, Shrimp, and Crab Boil for a spicier, Louisiana-style boil. If you can’t find small new potatoes, cut larger potatoes into 1 1/2″ chunks.
Artichokes are a great addition to this mix when available. Halve the artichokes and scrape out the choke with a spoon and add them with the potatoes. Make sure they are tender and the leaves pull away easily before adding the shrimp.
I came across another recipe on the website “Damn Delicious” for a sheet pan shrimp boil, so here is that recipe too.
Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil
(Photo courtesy of DamnDelicious.net)
Easiest shrimp boil ever! And it’s mess-free using a single sheet pan. That’s right. ONE PAN. No newspapers. No bags. No clean-up!
- 1 pound baby Dutch yellow potatoes
- 3 ears corn, each cut crosswise into 6 pieces
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until just tender and parboiled, about 10-13 minutes. Stir in corn during the last 5 minutes of cooking time; drain well.
- In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic and Old Bay Seasoning.
- Place potatoes, corn, shrimp and sausage in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Stir in butter mixture and gently toss to combine.
- Place into oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and corn is tender.
- Serve immediately with lemon wedges, garnished with parsley, if desired.
I hope you give either one of these recipes a try.
Until my next post, make every day a celebration!
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Diane, This looks and sounds delicious ~ I do have one question though. . . If you cook the shrimp before deveining. . . Do you devein before eating after cooked?
Thank you for sharing yet another lovely dish! Love the tablecloth and newspaper liners!
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Hi Ellie, You can eat the entire shrimp without looking for the vein, but I serve this dish with quikut paring knifes on the table. I cut through the top of the shell with the knife to help peel it and at the same time I take out the vein if there is one. I purchased these knives from Pampered Chef- $ 2.50 each or a 3 pk for $ 6.00
Loved the newspaper liners.
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Thank you Donna, they really came in handy. You can even use them to wrap a sandwich if you’re headed to the beach. Any plans to try the recipe? Stay well.