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Low Country Boil Recipe

Low Country Boil Recipe

Ideal for camping and relaxing trips to the beach, this crowd-pleasing recipe includes a combination of shrimp, crab, sausage, corn and potatoes. —Mageswari Elagupillai, Victorville, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
  • 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 medium ears sweet corn, cut in half
  • 1/3 pound smoked chorizo or kielbasa, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, deveined
  • 1 pound uncooked snow crab legs
  • Optional condiments: seafood cocktail sauce, lemon wedges and melted butter


  • 1. In a stockpot, combine the water, beer, seafood seasoning and salt; add potatoes and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add corn and chorizo; simmer 10-12 minutes longer or until potatoes and corn are tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat oil. Add the garlic, cumin, cilantro, paprika and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat for 1 minute.
  • 3. Stir the shrimp, crab legs and garlic mixture into the stockpot; cook for 4-6 minutes or until shrimp and crab turn pink. Drain; transfer seafood mixture to a large serving bowl. Serve with condiments of your choice. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 500 calories, 20 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 212 mg cholesterol, 1,318 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 40 g protein.

Reviews for Low Country Boil

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Reviewed May. 18, 2016

"Wow this was the best boil I ever made. Just the right amount of "kick" and the crab was a great addition. will make this several times again!!!! Thanks for sharing.

I would give you 6 stars because of the red potatoes. They are the only ones I ever use! creamier and less water content than the others!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"super simple, and really fun to eat. Never thought of adding the beer- the flavor is very subtle"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"when will you out of state people quit putting crab legs in Low Country Boil"

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

"This was deeeelicious! I think the beer really added something. Lowcountry boils are usually kind of boring when everything is just boiled in water, but the beer + sautéing the spices, garlic & cumin + the fresh cilantro made it sooooo very flavorful. I used turkey kielbasa and it was awesome. This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"I substituted half the water for 32 oz. of seafood stock. It just adds that much more flavor. Yum!"

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2009

"I've made this twice now and it is fabulous. It's easy and fun to eat. I added about a half of a teaspoon of crushed red pepper for a little zip. YUM!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.