Southern Palate: What’s in Season at Kiawah River: Ways to Prepare Local Shrimp

As South Carolinians, we’ve come to appreciate the rich culinary heritage the state offers, especially when it comes to shrimp, and Kiawah River’s coastal locale allows us the opportunity to indulge in some of the freshest shrimp available. No matter how they’re prepared, each dish displays the freshness and quality of our local delicacy, embodying the essence of waterfront living.  

Here are four of our favorite ways to prepare shrimp that showcase the flavors of the Lowcountry.  

Shrimp and Grits: A classic Southern delight, shrimp and grits beautifully combines the briny sweetness of shrimp with the creamy texture of grits. Originating in the Lowcountry, this dish has captivated palates across the state, whether enjoyed in its traditional form or with inventive twists. At Kiawah River, we love enhancing the smoky flavor by incorporating smoked sausage and opting for South Carolina stone-ground grits for an authentic touch. 

Frogmore Stew: Commonly known as a Lowcountry Boil, Frogmore Stew is a festive communal meal. This delightful dish, featuring shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes boiled in a flavorful broth, effortlessly cultivates a relaxed, joyful atmosphere. Its simplicity and deliciousness make it a crowd-pleaser for every age group, making it perfect for family reunions, neighborhood parties or any large gatherings. 

Shrimp Salad: During warm summer days, we turn to Charleston-style shrimp salad for a light and refreshing meal bursting with flavor. Combining shrimp with crisp vegetables and a tangy dressing, served best over fresh, local leafy greens from Rosebank Farmstand. 

Shrimp Perloo: A comforting rice dish much like jambalaya, shrimp perloo is rich, hearty and perfect for a family dinner. This traditional Lowcountry favorite combines succulent shrimp with a flavorful mix of vegetables, aromatic spices and tender rice, all simmered in a savory broth. It’s a one-pot meal that not only satisfies the appetite but also warms the soul, making it a beloved staple in many South Carolina homes.  

These four delicious shrimp dishes highlight South Carolina’s rich culinary traditions and Kiawah River’s vibrant lifestyle, bringing the Lowcountry’s flavors to your table and creating new memories with family and friends. We can’t wait for you to try one!