Low Country Boil

In the south there is nothing like a good old fashioned Low Country Boil during the summer. It brings the best of both worlds, surf and turf, land and sea, light and heavy, all at the same time. Such a great dinner for many occasions and so easy.

It’s the kind of dinner that brings people together. I like to cover my table in brown paper or run parchment paper down the center, like I did here, and dump the whole pot of food in the middle. So fun and allows for everyone to fellowship with each other in a very casual way.

You can make it any way you like. Throw in, crabs, crawfish, clams even lobster. I prefer the traditional way: shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and kielbasa; smothered with lemon. This time I served mine with homemade garlic bread, melted butter and fresh cocktail sauce.


  • 1/2 Cup Old Bay Seasoning (+ 1 Tbsp for garnish)
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 2 Beers *
  • Shrimp
  • 4 Ears of Corn (shucked and halved)
  • 1 Package of Spicy Sausage
  • 8 Large Red Potatoes (washed, skin on, halved or quartered)
  • 1 Kielbasa (sliced of the bias in 1 inch sections)
  • 6-8 Lemons


1. * Bring a very large pot of water to boil and season liberally with kosher salt.

2. Once the water is boiling add 1/2 cup of Old Bay Seasoning plus 2 beers and mix well.

3. * Add the red potatoes to the boiling mixture and let cook for about 10 minutes.

4. Then add the kielbasa and sausage. Cook for another 5 minutes.

5. Add in the corn and shrimp. Continue to cook until potatoes are tender and the shrimp is bright pink and opaque.

6. Drain all the liquid from the pot and pour ingredients onto a platter or a paper covered table.

7. Squeeze the juice of two lemons over top, season with more Old Bay Seasoning, and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.

8. Serve with melted butter and/or fresh made cocktail sauce.


* You can use any good quality Beer you like to drink. I used a light beer for this recipe.

* I have linked a few large pots that are great for boils such as this one.

* You want to add each ingredient into the boiling water in order of the time it would take to cook that ingredient, since everything takes different periods of time to cook. (i.e. potatoes take the longest to cook so they go in first and shrimp cooks relatively fast so they go in last.)

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