Low Country Recipes

The Coastal Plain of the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina is called The Low Country by the folks who live there. It’s a place of rare beauty and friendly people who have a natural way of making you feel at home. Charleston is the Capitol of the Low Country, a beautiful city where it’s easy to imagine that time has been on vacation for the last few centuries , and that you might just meet Rhett Butler or Scarlet O’Hara strolling down one of the oak-lined streets.Charleston has more restaurants per capita than any city I know. Although you can get anything from Kosher to Chinese Dim Sum, the attraction for many is the Low Country cuisine. This flavorful, hearty cooking is characterized by the use of the abundance of seafood and rice that are the main staples of the natives of the tidal plane. The African and Caribean influences of the Gullah, a group of descendants of former slaves who live on the barrier islands flavor low country cooking and give the dishes some of their colorful names. Gullah ladies can be found at the Market in Charleston, weaving sea grass baskets much like their grandmothers and great grandmothers did, and their accents are sheer music to hear.

Below you’ll find links to some recipes from the Low Country. If you ever get a chance to go to Charleston, do yourself a favor and discover the friendliest place in the Carolinas. And if you see someone who looks a lot like me sucking own a shrimp boil, be sure to say hi- you never know!

Low Country recipes:

  • Benne Brittle
  • Benne Wafers
  • Calabash-style Popcorn Shrimp
  • Charleston Breakfast Shrimps
  • Chef Rick’s Fried Oysters
  • Crab Stuffed Shrimp
  • Frogmore Stew
  • Hoppin’ John
  • Limpin’ Susan
  • Lobster Savannah
  • Low Country Chicken Pilau
  • Low Country Seafood Casserole
  • Low Country Shrimp Boil
  • Oyster Casserole
  • Pan Fried Croaker
  • Purloo
  • Red Rice
  • Rice
  • Seafood Muddle
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Southern Pan-fried Quail With Country Ham
  • St. Simon’s Island Shrimp Bog
  • Sweet Potato Pone