Classic Frogmore Stew (Low Country Boil)

Frogmore Stew (Low Country Boil) Recipe

 The Spruce

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
765 Calories
38g Fat
60g Carbs
48g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 765
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 308mg 103%
Sodium 23652mg 1,028%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 48g
Vitamin C 28mg 142%
Calcium 282mg 22%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1954mg 42%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This classic Frogmore stew is a highly seasoned shrimp boil with smoked sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cob. For seasoning, use Zatarain's crab boil, Old Bay Seasoning, or a similar mixture, or you can make a spicy homemade mixture, which is included below.

This is an excellent tailgating or camping recipe, and it can be cooked over a campfire or a portable gas burner. Feel free to scale the recipe up for a party or large gathering. 

Ingredients

For the Seafood Boil Seasoning

  • 1 cup salt

  • 2 tablespoons celery seeds

  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander

  • 2 tablespoons ground mustard

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon white pepper

  • 1 tablespoon thyme

  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 4 large bay leaves

For the Stew

  • 6 quarts water

  • 1/2 cup seafood boil seasoning, or Old Bay Seasoning

  • 2 pounds small red potatoes

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds smoked sausages, such as kielbasa, andouille, or smoked chorizo

  • 6 ears corn

  • 1 1/2 pounds large or jumbo shrimp, unpeeled

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this stew dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Seafood Boil Seasoning

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Combine all of the seafood boil seasoning ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

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  3. Alternatively, put all of the ingredients into a small jar with a lid and shake.

Make the Stew

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Put the water in a large stockpot. Stir the crab boil seasoning or Old Bay into the water and bring it to a boil over high heat.

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  3. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes into halves or quarters if large; you can leave them whole if they are small.

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  4. Slice the sausage into 1 1/2 to 2-inch pieces.

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  5. Shuck the corn and break each ear into halves or thirds.

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  6. When the water comes to a full boil, add the potatoes and boil for 5 minutes.

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  7. Add the sausage and continue boiling for 12 minutes.

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  8. Add the corn and continue boiling for 1 minute.

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  9. Add the shrimp and continue boiling for 2 minutes.

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  10. Use a hand-held strainer or pour into a colander and drain well.

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  11. Turn out onto a surface covered with newspaper, brown paper, or several layers of paper towels and serve.

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  12. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • This recipe uses the standard low country boil ingredients: potatoes, sausage, fresh corn on the cob, and shrimp in the shell. Feel free to add about 1 pound of small boiling onions when you add the smoked sausage.
  • Kielbasa is often included, but you can also use smoked spicy andouille sausage.
  • If your family prefers spicy smoked chorizo or another type of smoked sausage, feel free to use that.