Seafood is just better if you start with a good Seafood Boil Seasoning Recipe. This seasoning is easy to make and infuses an earthy seafood flavor into all kinds of seafood.
Every Christmas Eve for the past 26 years our family has had a low country boil. A low country boil is a classic Low Country South Carolina dish. According to What's Cooking America, this dish has more than one name to locals, some including Frogmore Stew or Beaufort Stew. The dish gets its name from a place that has only a post office on one side of the road and a two-story white country store on the other. Frogmore is the mailing address for the residents of St. Helena Island just off the South Carolina coast.
Frogmore Stew is actually not a stew, and it contains NO Frogs! Frogmore Stew features two main ingredients, fresh shrimp and freshly shucked yellow corn. Crabs, crab legs, redskin potatoes, and even crawfish can be added. We also add whole onions, sausage, and artichokes to our pot.
Throw in a few bags of my Seafood Boil Seasoning Recipe and you have an easy to prepare a southern feast. Typically we spread a thick layer of newspaper on the table and dump the low country boil right on the table. Next to our chairs are tin buckets for the shells and melting butter pots light by candles next to each place setting for dipping our crab meat in.
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Seafood Boil Seasoning Recipe
- 3/4 cup mustard seeds whole
- 3/4 cup coriander seeds whole
- 1/2 cup sea salt course
- 1/4 cup celery seeds
- 1/4 cup marjoram
- 1/4 cup dill seeds
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon allspice whole seeds
- 1 tablespoon red pepper ground
- 1 teaspoon cloves whole
- 2 bay leaves medium size, crushed
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- Mix all ingredients in a quart canning jar, screw on lid and shake until well blended. Store in a cool, dry place until needed.
- To use in seafood boil, scoop 1/2 cup of seasoning into cheesecloth, tie up well with twine. Place in a pot of water, bring to a boil, add seafood and cook until done. Discard the bag of seasoning and serve seafood.
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