Southern Style

Charleston, South Carolina, in just a few short days during a work trip years ago, became one of those places I want to visit again and again. I just haven’t made it back quite yet. It’s beautiful, it was in the 70’s in January, there’s a waterfront, lots of great shopping, and of course amazing food, like the dinner we had at High Cotton. Ever since, I have craved shrimp and grits, fried oysters, and fried green tomatoes.

To whip up an easy, summery meal, I decided the other night to make my own low country boil.

Old Bay

A low country boil could not be easier, and it made for a really full flavored meal that we ate picnic-style on the kitchen floor. I love the ease of summer!

Here’s what I included in my low country boil:

Lots of Old Bay!

1/4 stick of butter

1/2 large white onion, chopped

2  jalapeños, chopped

1 package turkey kielbasa

3 ears corn, broken in half

20 medium shrimp

enough water to cover the corn

onions and jalapenos


Putting the boil together is as easy as heating the butter in a large pot, adding the onion and jalapeño and letting them cook for a couple of minutes. I then poured in the water and Old Bay and added the corn and kielbasa and waited for it to come to a boil. The shrimp went in very last, and once they were pink, the boil was done. I don’t like my corn too cooked (in fact I nibble it raw sometimes!), so if you are making this, you may want to add a little bit of time after everything starts boiling.

shrimp boil


shrimp boil

Because I was having a major craving for clams, I also made a bunch of New England steamers and butter as a side. This meal was perfection!

steamer clams

I still do have that lobster craving though. . .

Happy happy happy birthday to my husband, my favorite person in the world!

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Tags: corn, dinner, Food, recipe, sausage, shrimp

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Happy birthday, Eric!


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    I have always wanted to visit Charleston. Happy Birthday, Eric!


  3. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I want to visit Charleston someday, too! Please greet Eric a happy birthday from me!


  4. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen’s avatar

    This sounds so tasty and easy, but I never think of doing something like this at home!


  5. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    This meal looks fantastic! I went to Savannah but have not made it to Charleston, heard its amazing, with a great food scene!


  6. Jolene (’s avatar

    Happy Birthday to your husband!!!!!


  7. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I’ve heard such great things about Charleston. I hope the bday was fantastic! Also, I had a goodbye dinner with some friends last night and one of them told me she would for sure be in NY for the marathon and I told her that I knew someone running it too, so we made plans to watch it. I’m excited! Nov is going to be here before we know it…


  8. Megan’s avatar

    Whoa that looks amazing! The corn picture really makes me want this. Hope Eric had a great birthday!


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