Crockpot Low Country Boil Slow Cooker Recipe
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Crockpot Low Country Boil

Crockpot Low Country Boil

Living here in the South, certain things are just part of our food culture. Grits. Scattered, Smothered, Covered, Chunked & Topped (you have to try it once). Fried Chicken. Fried Pickles. Ok, anything fried. Brunswick Stew. Sweet Tea. Shrimp & Grits. And of course, Low Country Boil. A low Country boil is a staple in the South but it is also great summer food (or a year-round food) and normally cooked outside, but because my family loves this meal, I wanted to find a way to cook it inside in the colder months. I had success cooking it in the slow cooker and my family has loved it ever since! I've even started cooking it in the slow cooker during the summer. Besides the crockpot, this recipe can easily be modified for the Instant Pot. We hope that this Crockpot Low Country Boil recipe post inspires you. 

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Crockpot Low Country Boil

Crockpot Low Country Boil

Crockpot Low Country Boil


  • 14 cups of water
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/4 of an 8-ounce bottle ZATARAIN'S Crab and Shrimp Boil Liquid
  • 3 pounds medium red potatoes
  • 1 1/2 medium Vidalia onions, peeled
  • 1 1/4 pounds cured, smoked pork sausage links, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • Four 8-inch ears of corn, shucked and cut in half
  • 2 pounds raw crawfish, heads on
  • 1 head of garlic, halved

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Crockpot Low Country Boil


  1. Add water, bay leaf, seasoning, garlic, onion, and potatoes to a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Cook for 4 – 6 hours on low, until potatoes are cooked (fork pierces potatoes easily)
  3. Add corn and sausage.
  4. Cook on low for an additional 1 – 2 hours.
  5. Add crawfish.
  6. Cook on low for an additional 30 minutes. The shrimp should be pink when cooked. Don't overcook.
  7. Use a slotted spoon to serve (you don't want to serve with liquid) into bowls or on plates.
  8. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.



Crockpot Low Country Boil

History of the Low Country Boil

The history of the low country boil is indeed fascinating, and your previous summary beautifully captured its key points! However, there are still some nuances and debates worth exploring. 

Origin Debate: While the Gullah Geechee influence is widely accepted, there's no definitive proof it directly led to the low country boil. Similar seafood boils exist in Louisiana (crawfish boils) and the Caribbean, making exact origins complex. Richard Gay's story, despite its popularity, may not be the entire picture. Similar dishes appear in cookbooks pre-dating his claim, suggesting a longer evolution involving multiple contributors.

Evolution and Popularity: The 1980s were crucial for the boil's national recognition, but its popularity in the Carolinas likely predates this, fueled by community gatherings and seafood abundance. Regional variations existed before gaining national attention, reflecting diverse traditions and ingredients across the Carolinas and Georgia.

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Modern Significance: Today, the low country boil transcends simply a dish. It embodies Southern hospitality, community spirit, and cultural heritage, bringing people together for lively celebrations. Chefs continue to experiment with variations, showcasing innovation and adaptability, while staying true to the core principles of fresh seafood, bold flavors, and shared enjoyment.

Further Inquiry: Explore specific regional variations like Charleston's seafood boil vs. Beaufort's Frogmore Stew, noting ingredient differences and cultural nuances. Research the Gullah Geechee culinary heritage and traditional seafood dishes they prepare to understand their potential influence on the low country boil. Discover modern interpretations by chefs, highlighting how the dish continues to evolve while staying connected to its roots.

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Crockpot Low Country Boil

The low country boil's history is a tapestry woven with diverse threads, making it a rich and ever-evolving culinary tradition. I hope this additional information enriches your understanding and sparks further exploration! We hope that this Crockpot Low Country Boil recipe post inspires you. Happy cooking!

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6 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. Wow! You have the best recipes! Definitely pinning this. My hubby loves shrimp!

  2. LaToya Townsend

    Looks tasty! I have been looking forward to trying new slow cooker recipes!

  3. Lily Kwan

    This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

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