Shrimp, potatoes, corn, and sausage cook together in this fun southern recipe. Make this low country boil in your slow cooker or Instant Pot.
What Is A Low-Country Boil?
A low country boil is a Southern one-pot meal that consists of shrimp, corn, potatoes, and sausage. I also like to add celery but that’s just me. The corn, potatoes, and sausage cook together or boil I should say in a large pot along with Old Bay seasoning. Shrimp is added at the end, then you drain the water and eat. You eat a low country boil by pouring the food out on a table lined with newspaper. It’s not only fun to eat but it makes clean-up a heck of a lot easier.
Slow Cooker vs Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)
There are a few differences in the recipe depending on if you cook this low country boil in your slow cooker or Instant Pot. If you use the slow cooker, you will need enough water to cover the food. I find that means anywhere between 5-7 cups. If you’re using the pressure cooker, you only need 3 cups of water. In both cases, initially everything goes in to cook together EXCEPT the shrimp. For the slow cooker, the shrimp are added the last 15-30 minutes of cook time. I don’t know about you but whenever I cook shrimp in the slow cooker it’s usually done within 15 minutes, sometimes less. For the Instant Pot, I find that adding the shrimp and letting them cook on the WARM setting (or off) with the lid on does the trick. You can also cook it at high pressure for 1 minute.
Large Appliance Needed
In order to cook a low country boil in your slow cooker or pressure cooker, you need a large to extra-large one. By large I mean least 6 quarts. Anything smaller, you’ll have to revise the recipe to lower the quantities.
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Get creative with this low country boil. You can use other seafood in addition to shrimp. A shrimp & crab combination would be great in this recipe. Instead of water you can use broth or even beer. Yes, you can use frozen shrimp, stir them in at the end of cook time same as you would raw. And of course if you don’t want to use my homemade old bay seasoning, you can use 2 tablespoons of store-bought.
Slow Cooker Low Country Boil VIDEO:
- 1 lb uncooked shrimp, shells on
- 1 lb red potatoes, quartered
- 12–14 ounces smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 ear of corn, shucked cut in half
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces (optional)
- 1 lemon, cut in half
- 5–7 cups water for slow cooker, 3 cups water for pressure cooker
Homemade Old Bay Seasoning:
- 1 tsp celery salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- Add all ingredients EXCEPT the shrimp to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6.
- Add shrimp and cook an additional 15-30 minutes or until shrimp are no longer pink.
- Drain water and serve.
- Add old bay seasonings and water to the pressure cooker. Stir to mix well.
- Add all other ingredients EXCEPT the shrimp.
- Close and seal vent. Select manual setting and set time for 4 minutes. Quick-release pressure when cook time is completed.
- Add shrimp. Place lid back on the pressure cooker and let is on the WARM setting for 3-5 minutes or until shrimp are pink.
- Drain water and serve.
You will need a large 6-quart slow cooker or pressure cooker for this recipe
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