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Frogmore Stew (Low Country Boil Recipe)

This Authentic Frogmore Stew or Low Country Boil Recipe is a wonderful one-pot seafood crowdpleaser packed with shrimp, crab, sausage, corn, beer, citrus flavors, and spices galore!  Serve this for a fun summer party and bring all of your guests to South Carolina for the evening!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun/Creole, low country, Southern
Keyword low country recipe, seafood, seafood recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 310kcal


  • 5 (25 ounce) beer cans divided
  • 1 (3 ounce) Zatarain’s Crab Boil box
  • 1 (3 ounce) Louisiana Crab Boil box
  • 1 Old Bay Seasoning container plus more if needed
  • 2 fresh bay leaves can go up to 3
  • 3 garlic bulbs cut in half
  • 2 lbs Petite Yukon Gold Potatoes washed and set aside
  • 1 (32 ounce box) of smoked sausage cut into 1 inch diagonal slices.
  • 3 lemons cut in quarters and divided
  • 3 limes cut in quarters and divided
  • 6 ears of fresh corn broken into quarters or you can use frozen cobblers
  • 2 lbs medium to large shrimp
  • 12 cooked Blue Crabs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 bottle of hot sauce


  • Bring a large stockpot (at least 12 quart) of water (6 quarts), 4 ½ cans of beer to a simmer.
  • Add the Zatarain’s crab boil bag, and open the Louisiana crab boil bag and empty the contents into the pot.
  • Add ¼ cup of Old Bay seasoning.
  • Add the bay leaves, garlic, potatoes, sausage and half of the lemons and limes.
  • *Season Check Time- Is the broth smoky, salty and spicy? If not add a little more Old Bay.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes until the potatoes are almost soft.
  • Now add the corn, cooking for 10 minutes.
  • We clear the table off and put either newspaper or brown contractor’s paper down, have the crab claw crackers ready, paper towels and small bowls for dipping.
  • Add the shrimp, allowing them to turn pink before turning the stove off. Add your cooked crabs and allow to sit in the liquid for 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid out of the pot, but keep ½ cup aside for the dipping sauce. You can either put everything on a platter or just spread it out on the table.
  • Melt the stick of butter, Old Bay seasoning to taste, a few dashes of hot sauce, the juice from the other lemons and limes you put aside and the reserved liquid from the pot. Whisk together and pour into the condiment bowls and serve.


Note: For Shrimp, Wash them off really good in cool water if they are fresh. I like mine with the heads on because the flavor is richer, but frozen is also fine.
Note: For Sausage, I like Georgia Boy but you can use chicken, turkey or beef sausage.
Note: For Blue Crabs, you can also substitute king crab legs. I would get estimate about 1 ½ per person.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 258mg | Sodium: 873mg | Potassium: 674mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 402IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 6mg