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It’s summertime! The weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school and it’s the perfect time to have friends and family over for a backyard party! Why not do something a little different than your traditional barbecue? Impress your friends and host a low-country shrimp boil. Low-country boils are simple to host and all you really need to have is a giant pot of water fall of delicious ingredients heavily seasoned with Cajun spices. It’s not only tasty food, but it’s also a great time with great company.

If you’re planning a low-country shrimp boil, one thing to keep in mind is to keep it simple. It takes very little prep work, so you’ll have time to enjoy time with your guests instead of worrying about cooking in the kitchen. The good thing is you don’t need many ingredients and it doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare. You’ll just need a few essentials and the mixture is totally up to your liking.

Line the table with lots of brown Kraft paper. Things can get very messy! Did I mention how simple hosting this party is? You don’t even need to prepare silverware for your guests. Everything in the boil can be eaten with your hands – it’s more fun that way!

Low Country Shrimp Boil

Servings:  6
Total Time: 35 minutes


2 quarts water
1/3 cup seafood seasoning
1 1/2 pounds petite red potatoes (4 cups)
4 ears fresh corn
1 1/2 pounds unpeeled, extra-large shrimp
7 ounces kielbasa (or smoked) sausage
2 lemons, sliced or cut into wedges (optional)


  • Combine water and seasoning in large stockpot; bring to a boil. Cut potatoes in half and stir into boiling water; simmer 13 minutes. Remove husks and silks from corn; cut ears into thirds.
  • Stir in corn; simmer 10 more minutes. Cut sausage into 1-inch pieces.
  • Add sausage and shrimp; cook 4 more minutes or until shrimp are pink and opaque. Drain mixture thoroughly and transfer to a large serving bowl or platter. Top with lemons and a sprinkle of additional seasoning. Serve.

Serve with:

Southern-Style Potato Salad

Sweet Coleslaw

Homestyle Cornbread

Dipping Sauces

Don’t forget to add dipping sauces to your spread for extra flavor:

  • Cocktail Sauce
  • Remoulade Sauce
  • Butter Sauce



Have you ever hosted a low-country boil? Share your best tips with us in the comments below.

Caroline A.

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Caroline A. started with Publix as a cashier in 2015 and has developed a passion for writing and social media. She loves being a part of Publix’s culture and enjoys bringing new ideas to The Publix Checkout by writing about topics customers might not know about the company. Pub Subs and Publix Sweet Tea are her favorites, and you’ll always find her with an iced coffee in hand. Outside of work, Caroline enjoys traveling, watching college football and playing with her fur child.

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