South Carolina Cuisine

Traditional South Carolina cooking is known throughout the country. Maybe it’s the gorgeous hikes and breathtaking mountains that attract you to South Carolina, but many people visit the Palmetto state because they love to eat. And with South Carolina’s mouthwatering cuisine ranging from southern comfort foods to freshly caught seafood, you can eat very well here. South Carolina’s cuisine is deeply-rooted in southern tradition.

Here are seven Southern dishes you simply must try.

Frogmore stew: You’ll be happy to know that thisdelicious dish has nothing to do with frogs. Its name comes from the small community where it supposedly originated, Frogmore, which is located between Beaufort and Hunting Island State Park. The dish is also sometimes called Beaufort Stew or Lowcountry Boil.

Peaches: Whether you eat them in a pie or cobbler or just out of your hand, don’t miss out on peaches when they are in season. From May through August, you can find peaches on restaurant menus and roadside produce stands throughout the state. And while we mean to give no offense to our “Peach State” neighbor to the south, it’s worth noting that South Carolina actually produces twice as many peaches each year – not that we’re counting.

Boiled peanuts: Don’t leave South Carolina without sampling our official state snack. Search for them at roadside stands during the summer and early fall because that’s when they are best. The season for peanuts runs from July through September, and the key to perfect boiled peanuts is using green peanuts (raw peanuts fresh from the field that haven’t yet been dried).

Jennifer Glover