Lazy low country boil is a delicious all-in-one-pot meal that is perfect for a simple summer supper.
This week we are celebrating Independence Day in the USA.🇺🇸 If burgers and hotdogs aren’t your thing, may I suggest this lazy low country boil?
I call it “lazy” because I have recently started making it with already peeled and de-veined shrimp. That genius idea and this entire recipe, actually, is from my sweet mom.
Making it this way has several benefits. (1) It lessens the smell a TON. I don’t know why, but cooking shrimp in the shell is WAY stinkier. And having to remember to take the trash out after the shrimp had been eaten is kind of a big deal. If you have even forgotten to do this, and the shells sit in your house overnight, I bet you remember what it smelled like in your house the next day. 😜🙅🏼
(2) Your family and friends will not have to dirty their hands to peel the shrimp. I am sure they will thank you for that! 😉 It is a lot less messy and more fun to eat when you don’t have to work quite so hard. 😎👍🏻
(3) If you BUY the shrimp already peeled and deveined, it will save you a lot of time. Yes, they are more expensive. But WORTH. IT. In my humble opinion.
I do like to check as many of the following boxes when buying shrimp. I am not a stickler, and usually I compromise on at least one of the following:
- Wild caught gulf shrimp
- Fresh over frozen
- Peeled and deveined
If you live closer to the coast, this will be easier to find. For this batch, I compromised and got frozen, wild caught, peeled and deveined ones (thaw them first!). And it was delicious!
And if you do want to make it the traditional way with shell-on shrimp, knock yourself out! You can still totally use this recipe. The shrimp may need to cook ever-so -slightly longer. And do NOT forget to take out the trash. 🤣
The corn and potatoes are a great side dish, and they cook right in the pot with everything else, which gives them great flavor!😋
Tools Used to Make Lazy Low Country Boil
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- I used this Cuisinart 8 quart stock pot. If you double the recipe you will need a bigger pot, like this 4 gallon stock pot.
- Cutting board
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
Lazy Low Country Boil Recipe
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Lazy Low Country Boil
- 1 bag crab boil seasoning (I used Zatarain's)
- 1 onion quartered
- 2 stalks celery halved
- 1.5 Tablespoons salt
- 1.5 teaspoons hot sauce (I used Frank's Red Hot)
- 2 to 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1.5 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 pound Polish sausage sliced
- 1.5 pounds small red potatoes (cook the bigger ones longer before adding the other ingredients)
- 3 to 4 ears of corn, halved
- 1.5 to 2 pounds shrimp washed, peeled and deveined
Combine the first 8 ingredients (crab boil through Worcestershire sauce), add water until half full and boil for 30 minutes. Note: This can be done as a prep step earlier to blend seasonings, and you can bring it back up to a boil when you are ready to cook.
Add potatoes and sausage, and cook 5 minutes.
Add corn, and cook 5 minutes more.
Add in shrimp, and cook until shrimp start to turn pink, about 3 to 5 minutes. My medium peeled, deveined shrimp took about 3 minutes. Shell-on shrimp take about 5 minutes. (Cooking time may vary, based on size of shrimp, so be careful not to overcook.)
Strain and serve immediately. Tip: I like to have cocktail sauce, butter, salt and pepper available.
You can use this same recipe with shell-on shrimp. Just cook the shrimp until they turn pink (about 5 minutes).
If you decide to double this recipe, make sure to use a large stock pot, like this 4 gallon one (Amazon affiliate).
If the water gets low ass you are adding ingredients, and the food is not fully covered, add more water and return to a boil before adding the next ingredient.