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Low Country Boil

Ideal for camping and relaxing trips to the beach, this crowd-pleasing low country boil includes a combination of shrimp, crab, sausage, corn and potatoes. —Mageswari Elagupillai, Victorville, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    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


  • In a Dutch oven, 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 until potatoes and corn are tender, 10-12 minutes longer.
  • Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat oil. Add the garlic, cumin, cilantro, paprika and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat for 1 minute.
  • Stir the shrimp, crab legs and garlic mixture into the stockpot; cook until shrimp and crab turn pink, 4-6 minutes. Drain; transfer seafood mixture to a large serving bowl. Serve with condiments of your choice.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 500 calories, 20g fat (5g saturated fat), 212mg cholesterol, 1318mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 40g protein.

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  • Jeannie
    Feb 12, 2021

    the recipe was good. adding the crab was a good idea. I guess this out of state person cooks like she wants.

  • GiGilovestocook
    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!

  • misscoffeepot
    Jan 1, 2015

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

  • perrymcgowan
    Aug 30, 2014

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

  • Supa-D
    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!

  • Nicole318
    Aug 10, 2011

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

  • Jazzman85
    Jul 27, 2010

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  • bobswife03
    Oct 27, 2009

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  • maryflaten
    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!