Main & Side Dishes - Quick

Mike’s Low Country Boil

This is a recipe I found where there were several variations. I tried a few and combined what I liked most into this recipe which uses shrimp as the seafood. Other recipes included other seafood elements like fresh clams, mussels, and crab. So feel free to experiment. This recipe will make 2-4 servings.


8 cups water

1 12 oz. bottle of beer (lager or Pilsner)

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 Tablespoon Old Bay seasoning 

1 Tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 lb. small red potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces

2 cobs of corn, fresh or frozen, cut in half

1/2 lb. smoked sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, fresh or frozen

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter


  • 1. In a large pot over medium heat, add water, beer, lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Stir and bring to a boil. 
  • 2. Add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for 15 minutes.
  • 3. Add the corn on the cob. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for 10 minutes. 
  • 4. Add the sausage pieces. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. 
  • 5. Finally, add the shrimp. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for about 3 minutes until shrimp is firm and opaque.
  • 6. Reserve 1 cup of the broth from the pot and add 1/2 stick butter to the broth and allow to melt.
  • 7. Pour the pot into a colander in the sink, draining off the broth. Put the rest back into the pot and pour the broth and butter mixture over it. 
  • 8. Stir and serve with extra melted butter and Old Bay seasoning.

Copyright ©  Mike Perry, 2011