Hugh Acheson, chef of The National and Five & Ten in Athens, Georgia, and Empire State South in Atlanta, describes this dish as an upscale version of Frogmore stew. This hearty soup is a more refined version of the traditional Low Country boil, a mix of shrimp, crab or crawfish, corn on the cob, sausage, and potatoes, simmered in a mildly flavored broth. Still, it’s simple enough to serve at a tailgating lunch or casual dinner party. Feel free to swap out the shrimp with fresh crab. And if you happen to have any shrimp or lobster stock, they make a great substitute for fish stock.

For more Southern favorites, see our easy crawfish boil recipe.

  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 40 mins 

Ingredients (20)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced leeks, white parts only
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery stalks with their leaves (use the tender inner stalks)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 3 cups fish stock, shrimp stock, or lobster stock (clam juice works in a pinch)
  • 9 golf-ball-size new potatoes, cooked in salted water until just tender, then drained
  • 3 ears corn, shucked and cut crosswise into 4 pieces
  • 1 pound andouille sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 4 lemon rounds, sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh large shrimp, heads off, peeled but with the very end of the tail shell intact
  • 1 cup arugula, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick)
  • 6 slices grilled or pan-fried country bread rubbed with garlic, for serving


  1. Place a large pot over medium-high heat until hot, about 2 minutes. Add the olive oil, leeks, and celery and cook until just translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, garlic, and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the white wine and let it reduce by about half.
  2. Add the Old Bay, tomato juice, fish stock, potatoes, corn, sausage, lemon, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, season the shrimp with a 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and set the shrimp aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium low, add the shrimp, and cover with a tightfitting lid. Cook until the shrimp are cooked through and no longer translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the arugula, parsley, butter, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stir to combine. Cook until the butter is melted and the arugula is just wilted, about 1 minute more. Taste and season with additional salt as desired. Ladle the stew into 6 bowls and serve with a slice of grilled bread.