The Conch Fritter, a Bahamian delicacy, find out how you can make your own when your not lucky enough to be visiting the Bahamas
Conch, pronounced “konk” is a sea mollusc which is found in abundance in the reefs and shallow waters surrounding the Bahamas, so it can be expected that the locals have learnt to make fantastic dishes with them. The most traditional and well knowndish, must be conch fritters. When conch is cooked it has its own delicious texture and flavor.
The best way to try conch fritters is on your next visit to Nassau, but if you are not here yet and you want to have a go at home or you have just been and you want to recreate a little part of your vacation, here is a recipe to have a go yourself. As conch is hard to find in many places outside of the Bahamas and Florida, you could try using a different shellfish, for example squid, crab meat or prawns all work well.
Conch fritters are a great way to get creative, you can interchange the recipe with different veggies, herbs, chillies to suit yours and your families palate.
Recipe Conch Fritter
- 1 quart of oil (olive oil, sunflower oil or peanut oil, whichever you prefer)
- ¾ cup of flour (all purpose white flour or you can use half corn flour, half all purpose, bot work well in this recipe)
- 1 egg
- ½ cup of full fat milk
- Cayenne pepper to taste or fresh jalapeño pepper to taste or a mixture of the 2
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup conch chopped
- ½ a large onion
- ½ a green pepper (this can be interchanged with any color pepper or a mixture)
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- Handful of cilantro chopped
- Heat the oil in a pot or a deep fat fryer
- Mix milk, flour, egg and season with salt, pepper, cayenne/jalapeño
- Mix in conch meat, celery, peppers, cilantro and garlic
- Spoon rounded tablespoons of the mixture into the hot oil until golden
When golden, remove from the oil and place on absorbent paper before serving
This recipe should make between 8-10 bites.
10-15 minutes prep time, 15-20 cooking time.
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