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This is What to Serve at a Low Country Boil

Are you hosting or going to a low country boil? These delicious recipes pair perfectly with the savory shrimp, sausage, corn & potatoes!

If you’ve never been to a low country boil, then you’re in for a real treat!

I grew up in Maryland, so we usually had steamed crabs during the summer months.

It’s been almost 12 years since I last went to a crab feast, but that’s a story for another time.

Steamed crabs will always have a special place in my heart because of all the memories they hold.

But today we’re focused on hosting a much more southern kind of feast.

At a low country boil, a giant pot is used to cook shrimp, kielbasa, corn on the cob, potatoes, and onions.

The water is highly seasoned, and most people use Old Bay Seasoning or Zatarain’s.

However, my family is partial to J O Crab Seasoning.

If you’ve never tried it, let me tell you, it’s similar to Old Bay but better!

Some people add lemon halves to the water towards the end of cooking.

Our friend, Rachel, is sharing how her family cooks a shrimp boil so you can get all her timing and tips.

Did you see all our creative ideas for setting a table for a low country boil we shared earlier this week?

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Everything You Need to Prepare & Serve a Shrimp Boil

If you want to try your hand at cooking a low country boil, here are some supplies that you’ll need.

The ones with asterisks are pretty essential, everything else is mostly fun or can make serving it easier.

No matter how you prepare it, the combination of spiced shrimp and tasty sides make for a delicious meal.

These recipes would be great for any summer get together!

Collage of dishes to serve at a Low Country Boil

Today we’re sharing all kinds of recipes to round out your low country boil.

Doesn’t everything look amazing?

My mouth is literally watering just thinking about this feast!

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Let’s take a look at this delicious menu for your next low country boil.

What to Serve at a Low Country Boil

If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a shrimp boil, you might wonder what to bring.

We’ve got you covered!

From an appetizer to cocktail, to side dishes, and dessert.

Not to mention everything you need to know to make the main dish!

Appetizer: Carolina Caviar Dip

Bowl of Carolina Caviar dip with tortilla chips on a table set with red white and blue

I first tried this delicious dip at a cookout over 25 years ago.

The combination of beans, corn, celery, and onions in a sweet and tangy marinade is the perfect way to start your shrimp boil!

The taste is light so it won’t fill you up too much and spoil your appetite for the main event.

Plus it’s great for an outdoor meal since it doesn’t have any dairy or mayonnaise that may go bad in the heat.

Not that it’s gonna last that long once you put it out…

Cocktail: Spiked Strawberry Lemonade

Glasses of strawberry lemonade from Midwest Life and Style

Our friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style has whipped up a delicious and refreshing cocktail recipe!

I can’t wait to give her simple Spiked Strawberry Lemonade recipe a try.

I also love drinking some ice-cold low carb beer at a shrimp boil.

Main Course: Low Country Shrimp Boil

Plate with shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes from The Ponds Farmhouse

Our friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse regularly hosts low country boils at her home.

You’ve got to see the awesome table she has for serving it!

She’s sharing all her tips and tricks to get perfectly cooked food every time.

Side Dish: Cucumber Tomato & Onion Salad

Close up of tomato, cucumber and onion salad from Stacy Ling Blog

Nothing says summer to me quite like a cucumber, tomato & onion salad.

Our friend Stacy from Bricks’n’Blooms is sharing her family recipe for this summer classic.

I make a similar recipe, but it’s a little different, so I can’t wait to give Stacy’s version a try!

Side Dish: Hush Puppies

Bowl of hushpuppies on a table from Saved From Salvage blog

This month, our friend Regina from Saved From Salvage is joining our supper club!

She’s a real sweetheart and we’re so happy to have her.

You’re going to love her easy hush puppy recipe!

Because let’s face it, is there any side dish better with a low country boil?!

Dessert: Old Fashioned Banana Pudding Jars

Dessert cup filled with banana pudding on a table with a vase of daisies from Vintage Home Designs

When it comes to summer desserts, banana pudding has got to be a southern classic.

Our friend Michele from Vintage Home Designs is sharing her family recipe for banana pudding but she’s serving it with a twist.

This dreamy classic is the perfect way to end a meal.

Everything you Need to Prepare a Shrimp Boil

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Collage of equipment to host a low country boil

More Entertaining Inspiration

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Angie Schreck

Saturday 30th of July 2022

Can you tell me how many people this recipe feeds? We are making this for our first time at a family party with 18 people and I am trying to estimate how much of the ingredients I need! Thank you, looks delicious and very festive!


Saturday 30th of July 2022

Hey Angie! Thanks so much for checking out our blog! The Carolina Caviar recipe makes 8 side dish servings and is enough for 12-15 as an appetizer, depending on whether you're serving other appetizers too. Have so much fun!


Sunday 29th of May 2022

This recipe sounds so good! I've made another version of it before but I can't wait to try yours! Pinned!


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Ohh you have your version of the recipe on your blog?


Saturday 28th of May 2022

This is so perfect for summer, or it would be great in the fall for tailgates. I know it would disappear quickly at my house.😉 Can't wait to try it. Pinned!


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

YES to fall tailgates too! Let us know what you think when you make it.