Cooking, “Gullah Style”

The Gullah people are African Americans who live in the Low Country region of South Carolina and Georgia. The Gullah are known for preserving more of their African linguistic and cultural heritage than any other African American community in the United States. The Gullah dialect is rooted in West and Central Africa, combined with English and other languages such as French.


To understand the Gullah way of cooking, imagine growing up in a beautiful sun bathed island community where everyone farmed, fished and raised their own livestock in a natural, serene setting. Without access to mass transportation or expensive imports, families only ate local and in season.


Most foods are stewed, grilled or roasted, very little is fried. Free range chickens give fresh eggs and wholesome meat, grass fed goats give the tenderest of lean meat. Whole grains such as rice and cornbread balance out the nutritional profile of many meals.


The Gullah Seasonal Diet


Summer is for feasting and large gatherings with family and friends. The earth and sea gives forth her bounty of fruits, vegetables, and seafood.


Fall brings dark green vegetables that are loaded with antioxidants and have remarkable cleansing properties which boosts the immune system and ready the body for the winter.


Winter is great for stews of mostly vegetables and beans with some cured meat for extra protein. Fatty fish and shellfish provide an Omega3 rich diet.


Spring ushers in the cycle of earth and sea again, producing high energy, low calorie food to ready your body for activities in the warm sun.


This is Gullah living. This is Gullah cooking. This is the philosophy of the

Gullah Grub Restaurant and Catering, LLC

877 Sea Island Parkway (Route. 21) St. Helena Island 29920

Restaurant Hours:

Monday & Tuesday, Closed

Wednesday - Friday 12 p.m. - 7:30p.m., Closed Saturday’s

Sunday 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.


For Parties of six or more, special after hour reservations and catered events are available. For more information please call: 843-838-3841

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Schedule A Traditional Gullah Cooking Demo


learn how to prepare traditional Gullah style meals and hear stories of growing up along the sea islands of South Carolina. Chef Bill Green has been cooking for nearly a half century and has been featured on Martha Stewart Living and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. A food tasting will follow the program.