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Low Country Boil + Charleston Sneak Peek

Since I just got back from Charleston, I thought it would be fitting to share this South Carolina classic with you: Low Country Boil. Shrimp, corn, potatoes, smoked sausage and Old Bay are cooked in a big ole pot of water until they’re ready to be devoured.

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I’m back!

From vacation, that is. You may have seen this collection of 15 Easy One Skillet Meals that I shared yesterday. So I wasn’t away from blogging; just away from Florida.

My time away from Florida was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

First trip to Charleston. Second time being in South Carolina. However, my first time in South Carolina was just passing through, along with a quick stop to South of the Border while we were on our way to North Carolina earlier this year.

What can I say about Charleston? It’s the MOST beautiful city I’ve ever visited. The weather in September is amazing. Low humidity (except on the day it rained). A crisp, welcoming coolness in the air during the evening, overnight and morning hours. Nice people. Good food.

I’m hooked. My heart belongs to Charleston, now. ♥︎

I’ll be sharing more of my experience, along with some photos, on this week’s Friday Four. Be sure to tune in on Friday so you can get the entire Charleston scoop!

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SECRET! I didn’t know what a Low Country Boil was until May of this year. Ken went to Charleston for work and dined on it while there. He LOVED it and requested I make it. He told me what was in the recipe and I thought well that’s easy enough.

Low Country Boil is a coastal South Carolina/Coastal North Georgia dish that consists of red potatoes, corn on the cobb, shrimp, smoked sausage and seasoning. You cook everything in one huge pot of water which means easy cleanup, easy crowd pleaser. If you want more detailed info, you can read it here.

My recipe used golden potatoes. Ken didn’t specify red potatoes until AFTER I got home from the store. “You didn’t get red potatoes.” Nope. I was just told potatoes. It still turned out well.

So how horrible of a food blogger am I to hold off on sharing this recipe with you until now? Seriously, I made this in MAY! But that’s ok. Now is better than never, right? Enjoy the recipe!

Low Country Boil

Low Country Boil

Low Country Boil

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes


  • 5 quarts of water
  • 4 ears of corn, each cut in half
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb andouille sausage, cut into chunks
  • 1 lb golden new potatoes (if you don't purchase small potatoes, cut them into chunks for easier cooking)
  • 4 tbsp old bay seasoning


  1. Place the water and old bay seasoning into a large stock pot. Bring to a boil and add the potatoes and andouille sausage. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add the shrimp and simmer for 3-4 more minutes, or until the shrimp is pink.
  2. Once the food is done cooking, remove from the water and place in a serving dish.
  3. Serve with french bread or your favorite type of bread or dinner roll.

Low Country Boil. A simple one pot meal that will feed a crowd! | This Gal Cooks

Low Country Boil. A simple one pot meal that will feed a crowd! | This Gal Cooks

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29 comments on “Low Country Boil + Charleston Sneak Peek”

  1. This look like proper comfort food. Very delicious!

  2. This looks amazingly delicious. I’ve never done a boil before, but it seems really easy. Thank you so much for the recipe!

    xo, Maria

  3. Julie, I can’t wait to visit Charleston (someday)! I am such a fan of the low country boil, especially since it can all be done in one pot. Total win-win situation :)

  4. I can’t think of anything more delicious right now, my dear!!

  5. I have always wanted to visit Charleston. Thanks for this recipe, Julie!

  6. Julie I am glad you had a great time on your trip to Charleston. I love Charleston, I have been twice and I can’t wait to visit again. This low country boil looks fantastic, I can’t wait to try it!

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  8. This is my kind of seafood boil! I’m not a huge lobster/crab fan but you picked just the best things – the andouille and the shrimp! And of course corn and potatoes. :) And all ready to go in under 30 minutes and I didn’t even have to dig a sand pit! Pinned!

  9. I love a good low country boil. Your photos make this one look fantastic! :)

  10. Better late than never!! Looks awesome!

  11. Love Low Country Boil, I can’t wait to see all your trip photos, welcome home Julie!

  12. Love a good Low Country Boil :) Reminds me of Octoberfest parties.
    This sounds like a great recipe, Julie!

  13. If they serve stuff like this there, then I completely get why it has your heart :) I think it is so funny how the place we live becomes so mundane to us, and yet to others, it’s paradise (I have several friends who would LOVE to move to FL :) ) Vacations are so amazing though, time off and away is the best. Shrimp is pretty amazing too… and Old Bay *swoon* Love this Julie!

    • I know, I always think about how people always want to live somewhere other than where they live. And the people that live in said areas always want to live somewhere else. Of course, there are some people who want to stay put but I’m one of those people who is eager to experience new places. I do like where I live, though. :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Mary Frances. I hope you have a great weekend! :)

  14. Being from Australia I have never heard of a low country boil before! Thanks for drawing my attention to it though, this looks like the ultimate weeknight meal. You can definitely consider that I will be recreating the recipe!

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  16. when do you put the corn in?