When the weather is hot and humid and I can’t dream of heating up my cool, air-conditioned home with heat from the stove or oven I’ll make just about anything that involves outdoor cooking. Once the appeal of grilled meat and veggies from the grill wears off it forces me to be more creative about preparing outdoor meals and one of our favorite meal discoveries in the last few years is now an all-time favorite – Low Country Boil! This meal has a few names depending on the part of the country you live in (one less appealing option: Frogmore Stew) but the components are pretty much the same – fresh shrimp, corn on the cob, kielbasa sausage, small red potatoes and an onion, and Hot Sauce and Old Bay Seasoning for flavor. That’s it!
All the ingredients are boiled in hot water (on our outdoor stove) and served on the picnic table over newspaper, no silverware required. Or you can class things up a bit and use plates and forks… whatever floats your boat. Great served with crusty french bread and a glass of rose.
- 6-8 cups of cold water
- 1/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning
- 5-10 dashes hot sauce (like Frank's Red Hot)
- 2 lbs small red potatoes
- 1 onion, peeled and cut into 8 pieces
- 6 cobs of corn, shucked and broken into half
- 1 lb kielbasa sausage, cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1 lb raw shrimp, deveined and with shells on
- Place the water, hot sauce and Old Bay seasoning in a large pot.
- Heat over high heat and bring to a boil.
- Add the potatoes and cook for 10-15 until soft enough to pierce with a fork.
- Reduce the heat to medium-high, then add the onion, corn and sausage, and cook for 5 minutes.
- Return the water to a boil, add the shrimp and stir, then turn off the heat. The shrimp will cook quickly given the high temperature of the water.
- Remove the pot from the heat and let sit until the shrimp turn pink.
- Remove all ingredients from the pot and thoroughly drain.
- Serve immediately with french bread.
- This meal is naturally gluten free as long as you use a gluten-free kielbasa sausage - this is easier said than done so read your labels carefully!