What is Frogmore Stew?
Why is It Called Frogmore Stew
Frogmore Stew is considered to be the original name for a seafood dish now more commonly called a Low Country Shrimp Boil. This delicious shrimp dish gets its name from a small rural community on the island of St. Helena, SC.
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. First, many people who are not familiar with Frogmore Stew can sometimes be a little bit confused by its name. Secondly, it is not a traditional stew but a boil. Third, many people think this dish might contain frogs. There are absolutely no frogs included!
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History of Frogmore Stew
It is believed that the history of Frogmore Stew cooked on a large scale started a Parris Island Marine Base near Beaufort, SC. Tradition says that a Marine cook had the ingredients, shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob, and red potatoes, needed to cook this dish for a large group of soldiers during basic training. The cook used an old family recipe and prepared it for around a hundred Marines.
The dish became popular in the area and quickly spread through the Low Country, where fresh shrimp is usually readily available.
Also, sometimes people refer to this dish as Beaufort Stew.
What are some other names?
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?
Frogmore Stew Recipe
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!