Frogmore Stew

  • Serves

    serves A Crowd

This stew was named for an old fishing town on the island of St. Helena, which is near Hilton Head, South Carolina, about 80 miles south of Charleston.


  • Salt
  • 1 stalk celery per person, chopped and tied in cheesecloth
  • Seafood seasoning, such as Rex brand, which comes in small bags
  • 14 lb. smoked sausage per person, cut in 2" pieces
  • 2 ears corn per person
  • 1 cleaned crab per person
  • 12 lb. shrimp per person


Step 1

Bring a large amount of water to boil. (There should be roughly twice the volume of water as the volume of ingredients.) Add 1⁄4 cup salt per gallon of water, then add celery and seafood seasoning.

Step 2

Add sausage to pot and boil for 7 minutes. Then add corn and crabs and continue to boil for another 7 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for 4 minutes, taking care not to overcook.

Step 3

Drain in a colander and serve in large bowl or tub—or bow to Lowcountry tradition and serve the stew spilled out on a newspaper-lined table.

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