A New Summer Tradition: Slow Cooker Low Country Boil

Being the proud Norfolk, Virginia native I am, I was lucky enough to have access to plenty of fresh seafood growing up. Fish, mussels, clams – you name it. We ate seafood multiple times a week, year round. But my favorite time of year for seafood has always been the summer. There is something special about sitting down at the table, getting your hands dirty and digging into a low country boil. Eating off a newspaper-lined table, sipping a light beer in the sun, and talking over Old Bay-seasoned seafood is a summer tradition that’s pretty hard to beat.

Slow Cooker Low County Boil

While a low country boil (also referred to as Frogmore Stew, Beaufort Stew, Beaufort Boil, or Tidewater Boil depending on where you live and who you ask) isn’t traditionally made in the slow cooker, the Test Kitchen figured you might want to ease the summer heat, and let the slow cooker do the work for you.

Slow Cooker Low County Boil

We combined smoked sausage, red potatoes, corn on the cob, onion, lemon juice, seafood seasoning, black pepper and beer in the slow cooker crock. Cook on HIGH for 2 to 2 ½ or LOW for 4 ½ to 5 hours. Make sure the potatoes and tender and then add your shrimp (tails on, of course). Add a little extra seasoning and lemon juice and cook for 20-30 minutes until the shrimp are cooked.

Slow Cooker Low County Boil

Baguettes, cocktail sauce, summer beers, and warm breezes pair best with this summer slow cooker meal. Pour your low country boil onto parchment paper, newspaper or the nearest picnic table, grab an extra roll of paper towels, and dig in.

Slow Cooker Low County Boil

Slow Cooker Low Country Boil
Serves 4
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  1. 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  2. 8 small red potatoes, quartered
  3. 4 ears corn-on-the-cob, cut into 2-inch pieces
  4. 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  5. 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, divided
  6. 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  7. Juice from 1 medium lemon
  8. 12 ounces beer
  9. 1 pound medium (16-20 count) shrimp with shells
  1. In a slow cooker crock, combine sausage, potatoes, corn, onion, 1/4 cup seafood seasoning, black pepper and lemon juice. Pour in beer.
  2. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or LOW for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, toss shrimp with remaining 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning. Add shrimp to crock and cook for 20 to 30 minutes until shrimp are pink and no longer translucent.
  1. Test Kitchen Tip: To prevent shrimp from overcooking, check potatoes to ensure they are fork tender before adding shrimp.
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    I miss my mini 24ft rv EVERYDAY!!!!! It had a Geo tracker tow-a-long and miss that EVERYDAY!!!! Yes, I sold both and make BIG MISTAKE. Guy who bought Geo tracker loved it and blew the engine!!!! I have a chance to get another mini rv and would love it and our daughter is going to move back to their home in Mohave Valley, AZ which is close to Laughlin, Nevada where we used to live. We will go to Laughlin again a lot and they have seafood in that area. Can’t wait to get there!!!

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    Loiella miller

    Could you tell me how much I would need for 10 adults and 6 children? And you just use beer for liquid? No water??

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    Are you using fresh shrimp? How do you de vein?

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    Wendy Whitlow

    This looks fantastic! I am a Tidewater native as well, currently Chesapeake. I am going to try this! It sure beats the time of doing the boil over a flame or on the stovetop! I have found that it cooks not very even either way and you don’t have to heat up the kitchen!! Double yay! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Hi Sarah! I’m going to make this because I’m from Virginia Beach originally;)

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    Judy Oliphant

    What’s the name of the seasoning you would use a full cup of?

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    Sheila McInerney

    Is the 20-30 minutes recommended cooking time for the shrimp on high or low?

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    OMG… made it tonight, used 2 bottles of lemon shandy beer, was fantastic.. with my crockpot, cooked 3 1/2 hours, then added shrimp, cooked within 5-7 minutes.. will cook this way again….

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    Loretta L

    What could you use other than smoked sausage? My husband doesn’t like sausage.

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    I used Blue Moon for mine, and it was really good!

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      Esquire Maxwell

      Doesn’t like sausage!? Are you sure you married a man? You could add more shrimp, chicken, anything really. Make it your own.

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    rhonda dehart

    hi those look good for my family and my kids probably next april for perfect .but one thing my family dont like it beer botttle so what suppose use with seafood pls let me know thank u

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    What kind of beer do you use?

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    Amanda Davis

    I cooked this not too long ago and making it again today. I did have to use 2 bottles of beer instead of one.

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    This sounds wonderful. But is one bottle of beer enough liquid? Not very familiar with cooking in a crock pot. Thanks

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    Anna Roszak-Robinson

    I will try this :) looks amazing!
    Thank you

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