The Barefoot Contessa calls it Kitchen Clambake, Old Bay calls it Shrimp Fest, Williams-Sonoma calls it Frogmore Stew but my friends and co-workers call it “Ooh-la-la.” According to Williams-Sonoma it is a delicious example of South Carolina’s low country cooking. Frogmore Stew is named for a tiny town on the coastal island of St. Helena. This one pot dish is always a hit in any party celebration. Some people drain out the flavorful broth and feast on the shrimps, corns, potatoes, and kielbasa accompanied with wine or cold beer. For us, we serve it on a bowl of rice, peel the shrimp with our bare hands, and nibble on the flavorful corn, all with a wet towel on the side. Try it because this is a very flavorful one pot dish; anyone who enjoys seafood will definitely go back for more servings.
2 1/2 quarts cold water
1/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 tbsp. Himalayan Pink Salt
4 celery stalks cut into 1 inch pieces
1 yellow onion (diced)
1 garlic head, halved crosswise
2 1/2 lbs. small red potatoes (washed and scrubbed well)
6 ears of corn, shucked into 4 pieces
2 lb. smoked Kielbasa, cut into 1 1/2 inch
2 lb. medium shrimps in shells (with heads intact)
In a large stock pot or huge Dutch oven pan over medium heat, put in the water and add Old Bay seasoning and salt, mixing it well with a whisk. Add onions, garlic, and potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the potatoes are slightly tender when pierced (10 minutes). Add the corn , sausages and the celery to the pot and simmer until the corn is tender (5 minutes). Add the shrimp and simmer until opaque (4 minutes). Let it rest in the stove and allow the flavored to blend. Serve warm on a bowl of rice. Oh…..ooh-la-la!