Frogmore Stew

What is Frogmore Stew?

Why is It Called Frogmore Stew

Frogmore Stew is the original name for a popular seafood dish, now commonly known as Low Country Shrimp Boil. This tasty dish gets its name from a rural community on St. Helena Island in South Carolina.

Frogmore Stew served in the Traditional Style
Frogmore Stew

It is referred to as a Low Country Shrimp Boil because Frogmore Community is in the heart of the South Carolina Low Country. South Carolinians call the region from Charleston, SC, to Savannah, GA, the “Low Country.” 

However, many people throughout coastal South Carolina now most often refer to it as Low Country Shrimp Boil. There are three reasons for this.

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Some people may not be familiar with Frogmore Stew and may be confused by its name. However, it is important to note that it is a boil, not a traditional stew, some may assume that it contains frogs, but no frogs are in this dish!

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History of Frogmore Stew

Frogmore Stew, a dish consisting of shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob, and red potatoes, is believed to have originated at the Parris Island Marine Base near Beaufort, SC. According to tradition, a Marine cook used an old family recipe to prepare the dish for around a hundred soldiers during basic training. So Frogmore Stew is sometimes called Beaufort Stew in South Carolina for this reason.

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The dish became popular in the area and quickly spread through the Low Country, where fresh shrimp is usually readily available.

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Also, Beaufort Stew and Low Country Shrimp Boil are the same dish and made using the same delicious ingredients. The ingredients include shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. Also, learn what are the best Shrimp Boil side dishes?


The recipe is as simple as following our Shrimp Boil recipe. Now you can invite your guest over for a superb meal and entertain them with the history of this delicious seafood dish too.

Also, you can add steamed oysters and Pulled Pork BBQ, and you will have the quintessential Low Country dinner!

Try some of our other seafood recipes like Blackened Mahi Mahi, Deep Fried Shrimp, Garlic Olive Oil Shrimp, Barbecued Shrimp and Sausage, or Keto-Friendly Shrimp Boil.

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