Author Notes: As a New Englander, I should be all about the clam bakes, but there's something so simple and easy about a low country boil that I can't help but love it. For those who've never heard of a low country boil, all you do is boil a large pot of water, douse it with Old Bay or crab boil (which apparently is a spice sachet you can buy, but I couldn't find any at my local grocery store in Boston) and then add potatoes, corn, smoked sausage, and shrimp in succession. Then you drain it, and--here's my favorite part--dump it onto a newspaper-lined table to eat outside without any plates and utensils. How fun is that? —Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy
cup Old Bay seasoning, plus more for serving
pounds red potatoes
ears of corn, shucked and cut in half
ounces kielbasa links, cut in half
pounds shell-on raw shrimp
- Add the lemon, onion, and Old Bay to the water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the potatoes and let cook for 15 minutes.
- Add the corn and kielbasa and cook for 5 minutes. Add the shrimp, give it a good stir, cover the pot, and turn off the heat. Let sit for about 4 minutes, until the shrimp are pink.
- Drain the contents of the pot (I just poured everything into the pasta insert that I set in my sink). Line an outdoor table with lots of newspapers, and dump the low country boil onto the newspaper. Serve with additional Old Bay. Enjoy!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best One-Pot Meal
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for the Shore