Low Country Boil



Nothing says beach vacation more than a low-country boil :) Or peel-n-eat shrimp, at the least. And nothing goes better with peel-n-eat shrimp than Old Bay and beer!

Low-Country Boil

This proportion of ingredients and method were perfect for 4 people.


  • 1 extra large pot (or you could use 2 smaller pots)
  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • 1 bag of Zatarain’s Crab boil mix in a bag (check your grocery store)
  • 1/4 cup of Old Bay seasoning (dump in to taste!)
  • 5 red potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2 pounds shrimp (we had 1 lb each of rock shrimp and Gulf shrimp)
  • 3 ears of corn, halved
  • 1 package of kielbasa, chopped into 1-inch pieces (we used leaner turkey kielbasa)


  • Fill extra large pot with water, sliced lemons + Zatarains mix.  Bring to a boil.
  • Add potatoes and kielbasa. Cook 20 minutes.
  • Add corn. Cook 2 minutes.
  • Add shrimp. Cook until pink, 3-5 minutes. DO NOT overcook!
  • Drain – eat!



Draining with the Zatarain’s packet –



Suggested seasonings: cocktail sauce, ketchup and more Old Bay.


It’s so hard to pick a favorite part, but I think I’d have to say the potatoes! I love my starches :)




You gotta have a “shell bowl” for shrimp and beer caps!


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lahood June 23, 2008 at 6:37 pm

OMG, Koops!!!! I don’t know what happened??? :(
I just tried this dish and it was a disaster. I couldn’t find Zatarains so I used McCormicks….that must have been the fatal flaw. I didn’t want to put too much Old Bay b/c my dad can’t stand spicy foods so maybe the lack of that flavor was another factor. It all tasted so… strange. I drained it and washed all the seasoning off each individual piece and now it’s just sitting in a bowl waiting for me to do something to it. I feel defeated. Any thoughts?


2 Kath June 23, 2008 at 8:12 pm


What kind of McCormick’s was it?? I haven’t tried many, but maybe the flavor was just bad for the mixture? I don’t think that would have caused the whole thing to fail. Was it just bad tasting or the seafood not work too? Try putting some Old Bay on it and eating it anyways!

Hope the Grists aren’t going hungry for dinner!!



3 jane July 7, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Can you use country sausage in this instead of


4 Kath July 7, 2008 at 12:46 pm

jane ,
I think so. Kielbasa is precooked, so I would get a sausage that is pre cooked or cook it before you add it to the boil to ensure.



5 Geno August 11, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I am from South Carolina and the way we eat down here is to add Hidden Valley Ranch dressing to your potatos while on your plate. Dont turn your nose up at it. I promise you will love it and you want eat it the old way again.


6 Geno August 11, 2009 at 7:27 pm

OH. and rember when using the Zatatarins crab boil in the bag be carful when stiring an dont bust the bag. the reason i am saying this i accendently busted the bag the first time i made it and everthing was so spicy no one could eat it. LOL


7 Toriano December 8, 2009 at 1:18 am

Hey thanks for the recipe. I had a chance to see a low country boil when I was in Charleston, SC a few months back http://thedish22.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/donnavventura-low-country-boil/


8 bfein August 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

I am excited to try the low country boil. Did you dump the Old Bay in the water with the lemons and Zatarains mix?


9 Darlene September 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Just tried this recipe minus the crab boil just used old bay. It was awesome everything was cooked to perfection.


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