Frogmore Stew~~A Family Extravaganza!

What’s living on the inlet like?  Imagine your ‘front yard’ changing totally daily with high and low tides, with the full moon, with inclement weather, and especially during hurricane season when tropical Frogmore Stew~~A Family Extravaganza! storms or named hurricanes come through.  Imagine sitting on the dried and chaffed dock, dangling your feet in the warm salt water during the summer, and watching the tide ripples steadily move in or out.  Imagine the sun shining on the water, and it appearing as if diamonds are dancing right before you.  Another question…what’s it like as a kid growing up on the inlet?  Well, that’s another story that is yet to come!

Imagine baiting crab traps with chicken wings, necks or even sticky buns, dropping the traps right off the dock, and coming back 24-36 hours later to find a crowd of crabs squirming around like feisty children crowded on a school bus!  Oh, yes, I could go on and on, but I won’t because I’m here to share with you a family delight and pleasure…Frogmore Stew!

One thing that we have with our Frogmore Stew is cornbread!  For tonight’s fare, I cooked 4 different kinds…regular butter, herb and asiago cheese, aged Frogmore Stew~~A Family Extravaganza! cheddar cheese, and spicy fresh tomato…in various size cast iron skillets.  And, expect to pick and eat with your hands and fingers…who needs utensils, just plenty of papertowels!  Clean up’s a breeze…just re-cycle the crab and shrimp shells and claws back into the inlet along with any leftover taters or corn, then wrap up the plates and everything else in the newspaper…presto, done!

How in the world could I write anything more descriptive about this creation than what is written on the “Official South Carolina Dining” website!  Southern Cuisine: Lowcountry Style and it’s all about Frogmore Stew

“Does your tummy turn over when thinking about Frogmore Stew? Wondering how many more frogs are required for this South Carolina specialty? Relax, there are NO frogs in Frogmore Stew – in fact, it is more of an event than a dish. That is Southern cuisine the South Carolina way.

Frogmore Stew~~A Family Extravaganza!

Our 8 kids (including in-laws!) and 5 grandkids

Similar to the crawfish boils in Louisiana, this “Lowcountry boil” is best served on a newspaper-covered picnic table, eaten with the fingers and shared with family and friends.

Also known as Beaufort Stew, some claim that this one-pot dish (essentially a seasoned mixture of fresh shrimp, newly shucked yellow corn, sausage and potatoes) best represents the essential simplicity of Lowcountry cuisine. According to the South Carolina Encyclopedia, Frogmore Stew originated in the Frogmore Stew~~A Family Extravaganza! Frogmore community on St. Helena Island near Beaufort, but the truth is that Frogmore Stew exists throughout the coastal regions of the south.”

This is the basic recipe we follow!  Frogmore Stew features two main ingredients, fresh shrimp and newly shucked yellow corm, but most anything that is good boiled, such as crabs, redskin potatoes, and even crawfish can be added. Two keys to making a successful Frogmore Stew are:

1. Stagger the addition of the ingredients and
2. Don’t overcook the shrimp!
  • 2 tablespoons crab boil seasoning per gallon water (or more to taste)
  • several lemons, halved (optional)
  • redskin potatoes (depending on size, 3 or more per person)
  • spicy smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch slices (¼ pound per person)
  • fresh corn, broken into halves or thirds (1 ½ ears per person)
  • shrimp (½ pound per person)
  • butter, melted
  • cocktail sauce
  • sour cream
  • ketchup

Frogmore Stew~~A Family Extravaganza!

Fill a large steamer pot halfway with water. Add crab-boil seasoning (or more to taste). Several halved lemons may be added as well.
When the seasoned water comes to a boil, add redskin potatoes and boil for 20 minutes; then add one-inch slices of spicy smoked sausage and boil for 5-10 minutes. Add the corn) and boil another 5 minutes. (Begin timing immediately. Do not wait for it to boil again). Then add the shrimp. Cook for 3 minutes, drain, and pile on a table.
Serve with lots of paper towels and icy beverages, plus melted butter for the corn, cocktail sauce for the shrimp, and sour cream or ketchup for the potatoes.  And, don’t forget the cornbread!  This is a family meal extravaganza that will go way into the night!  Get out the oil lamps~~






















10 thoughts on “Frogmore Stew~~A Family Extravaganza!”

    1. Oh, darlin’, the entire ‘experience’ is what’s so much fun! From baiting the crab traps to steaming them and then spreading out on the picnic table and eating w/your fingers…clean up’s a sinch cuz all you do is roll up the wet newspaper!! xo Thank you for visiting< <>>> xo

  1. What a great-looking family Ally ! Two weeks ago I ran across something talking about Frogmore Stew….and I was first taken aback thinking…nuh uh no freakin froggies….then read about it….and then ….here it is again ! It looks like my kind of eating….just family( and all its extensions), food and fun !


  2. An absolute delight to read as usual, I was imaging myself sitting on the dried and chaffed dock, dangling my feet in the warm salt water , so nicely described, Ally I would love to read a book written by you, and of course another cookery book, I love all the pictures you added, beautiful lady and beatiful family xx

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