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Tru Bahamian Must Eat: Conch Fritters

If you have got travelled to The Bahamas before, you’ve likely come across conch on our menus or perhaps you’ve heard of its aphrodisiac properties but what makes the conch fritter a must-eat approach to preparation? At Tru Bahamian Food Tours, we predict a primary impression is an enduring one, and so we trust the standard conch fritter to set the tone of our Bites Of Nassau Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour because the very very first thing you’ll try on the tour. It’s so price a taste and a try at home (in case you are lucky enough to come back across fresh conch where you reside).

What Are Conch Fritters?

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Generally known as a delicacy in various parts of the world, Bahamian conch fritters are small bites of local queen conch meat fried in a savory batter with a mix of peppery seasonings (hot goat pepper, hot sauce, and sea salt) and commonly used vegetables within the Bahamian food plan, which grow abundantly amongst our islands like onion, sweet green pepper, and tomato. For individuals who have never tried conch before, you could be curious to know what conch tastes like? This high-protein shellfish could be sweet and mild in flavour, if prepared right, but you would possibly find it similar in taste and texture to calamari with no fishy-taste. Conch fritters is an excellent introductory option to eat conch- in spite of everything, who can resist a deep-fried fritter?

Origins Of The Dish

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Indigenous to The Bahamas, queen conch fritters are a well-liked preparation for conch meat for a lot of reasons. For the reason that conch is a variety of snail, the meat comes hidden inside a big, thick shell that could be time-consuming or difficult to penetrate. This will mean, especially for the house cook, that it takes plenty of effort to retrieve a reasonably small amount of meat. Conch fritters suspend pieces of conch meat in a batter, together with chopped vegetables, so a bit little bit of meat goes a good distance. Chopping up the meat for conch fritters also solves one other inherent problem, which is that conch meat will likely be quite tough and advantages from being cooked in small pieces.

Where To Find It

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Since the conch’s popularity, you’ll find that almost all Bahamian restaurants feature conch fritters throughout the appetizers section of their menus. Most of the chefs in various establishments add their very own spice combos and flavours to maintain their menu unique or true to their circle of relatives traditions of preparing the dish. So when you’re visiting us in Nassau or other Bahamian family islands, be sure you are trying out this dish at just a few restaurants to match flavour and textures– a significant factor for locals are the portions of conch inside your fritter, we discuss with these as “conchy-conch fritters”, and as with most things: the more, the merrier!

Where to search out a few of the perfect Conch Fritters in Nassau:

How To Prepare It At Home

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Should you’re lucky enough to live in a spot that has access to fresh conch, Aunt Rie’s Conch Fritters are a must-try traditional recipe.

Conch Fritters Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups (2 medium) conch
  • 1 large hot pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ medium green sweet pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp hot sauce

Calypso Sauce Ingredients:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce


  1. Stir calypso sauce ingredients in bowl until smooth. Chill until fritters are ready
  2. Pass onion, sweet pepper, and conch through a meat grinder or food processor
  3. In large bowl, mix all ingredients to form a batter. The batter must be thick enough to drop from a spoon. If it is just too runny add a bit more flour to stiffen it. If it is just too stiff add a bit more water to melt it
  4. Ensure that cooking oil is hot (about 350 degrees if using deep fat fryer), using a spoon (teaspoon or tablespoon depending on desired size) drop batter into hot oil – fritters should float to the surface and bob around like apples in a barrel of water. Use an extended fork to show fritter so that they’re golden brown on all sides
  5. Remove from oil and place in a container lined with absorbent paper to absorb any excess oil

Chef’s Notes:

Conch fritter batter could be frozen and used latter. To reuse, remove from freezer and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour or until defrosted. Pour into large bowl and add 2 tsp of baking powder, mix until baking powder is mixed in. If the consistency is off, adjust with flour or water as needed. Please note that it’s possible you’ll have to add seasoning to correct flavour also.

Serving Suggestions:

Plate conch fritters alongside 2 oz of chilled calypso sauce for dipping. Use toothpicks for handling of the recent fritter and dunk your fritter into the sauce for cooling, complimentary flavours. Enjoy!

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