Famous Southern Foods of Charleston, SC – Frogmore Stew

Frogmore stew—Don’t worry—this one doesn’t have actual frogs. Also known as a Beaufort Stew or Lowcountry Boil, Frogmore Stew is boiled and seasoned shrimp, corn on the cob, sausage, red potatoes, and ham. Eat this at social functions and never forget the cocktail sauce. Frogmore stew originated in a tiny, lowcountry fishing town called Frogmore, on St. Helena Island, which is near Beaufort and Hilton Head. This mouthwatering, one pot meal cannot forgo the staple ingredients mentioned above, however, some people like to add other things such as blue and stone crab claws, clams, onions, lemons, celery, beer, hot sauce, and other seafood seasonings. 

When eaten, frogmore stew is usually drained from its cooking liquid and served on a newspaper covered table for easy cleanup. Because of the nature of this dish, it is commonly eaten outside during parties and other get togethers. This southern delicacy is often eaten with toasted sourdough bread and ice cold beer, which makes a great and satisfying combination. Some people do not like this meal, however, as eating it very easily gets messy. 

There are a lot of places to find this fulfilling dish, however, there are several restaurants in the Charleston area which offer exceptional varieties. These include Fleet Landing, Crosby’s Fish & Shrimp Company, and the Charleston Crab House. All of these varieties are unique in their own way, so it is definitely recommended you try some authentic low country boil from the heart of where it originated.