Frogmore Stew: A Tasty Southern Tradition

Having a family gathering and trying to think of what to serve? Turn dinner into an event when you serve up Frogmore Stew.frogmore_stew-short  Frogmore stew (also known as Beaufort Stew and Low-Country boil), is a staple of South Carolina and is popular in many Southern states. It gets its name from the very small town of St. Helena Island, which has the mailing address of Frogmore. 

The history behind this dish is uncertain. Some people credit its invention to local shrimpers who would use whatever ingredients they had to throw together a meal. Others attribute the recipe to Richard Gay (owner of the Gay Seafood company), who is said to have prepared a cookout of leftovers for his coworkers and later bringing the recipe back to his hometown of Frogmore where he sold it and all of the ingredients necessary to make it.


This dish contains some basic ingredients, all seasoned to fit the taste of your family: shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and smoked sausage. Prepare the ingredients and you’re ready to go. Perhaps the coolest part about this dish is how you serve it: cover up your table with a bunch of newspaper,  and pile on the food. Serve it with your favorite condiments (cocktail sauce for the shrimp, ketchup and sour cream for the potatoes, and butter for the corn. Clean up is a breeze – just roll everything up in the newspaper and toss it out. Cook, pile, eat, toss. What’s not to love about it?

Ingredients (Yields 12 servings)

  • 6 quarts water
  • 3/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning TM
  • 2 pounds new red potatoes
  • 2 pounds hot smoked sausage links, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 12 ears corn – husked, cleaned and quartered
  • 4 pounds large fresh shrimp, unpeeled


  1. Bring water and Old Bay Seasoning to boil in a large stockpot.
  2. Add potatoes and cook for 15 minutes. Add sausage and cook for 5 minutes more. Add corn and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink, about 5 minutes. Drain immediately and serve.

Modification: Add some of your favorite ingredients. My fave: crab legs! Yum!


Amount Per Serving Calories: 499 | Total Fat: 15.5g | Cholesterol: 299mg


 Written by Tiffany Hathorn