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Learn the Secrets to Some of South Carolina’s Most Famous Dishes

By: Local Palate Admin

Locally grown, seasonal ingredients are the foundation of South Carolina foods, which has made the state a top foodie destination. From shrimp and grits and “slow and low” cooked barbecue to boiled peanuts and sweet tea, the Palmetto State is filled with signature dishes and iconic ingredients.

Photograph of barbecue, a favorite of South Carolina foods

Photograph of Boiled Peanuts, a favorite of South Carolina foods

One of the Palmetto State’s signature dishes is Frogmore stew, a mouthwatering, one-pot meal of shrimp, corn on the cob, new potatoes, and smoked sausage. Named after a Lowcountry community on St. Helena Island, Frogmore stew is also known as a Lowcountry boil or Beaufort stew. It’s the perfect dish for a casual get-together, especially if you’re feeding a crowd. Since it’s a bit messy, Frogmore stew is usually served outdoors. Lots of folks like to spread newspapers on a table, making clean-up quick and simple.

Photograph of a Lowcountry boil with shrimp, potatoes, corn, and sausage--a favorite of South Carolina foods

Although it’s mainly made with those four basic ingredients, some people add live blue crab, stone crab claws, or onion to the pot along with seafood seasoning and their favorite beer and hot sauce.

Looking for the perfect dessert to end the evening? This easy-to-make peach cobbler is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. South Carolina is the nation’s second-largest peach producer behind California, so it should come as no surprise that the Palmetto State loves to add this sweet fruit to everything from cobblers and crumbles to salsas and salads. In fact, peaches are so popular in South Carolina there are peach festivals across the state every summer. No matter which corner of the Palmetto State you visit, you’ll find farmers selling peaches well into September. The smell alone is sure to bring everyone together around the table, spoons ready.

Discover the exemplary talent and bounty of fresh, local ingredients from across South Carolina that keep visitors coming back for seconds on a culinary road trip along the Ultimate South Carolina Foodie Trail. Whether you’re dining on fresh, local seafood or Southern classics with a twist, South Carolina’s culinary scene is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

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