Bring a little piece of the tropics into your day when you make these Bahamian-Inspired Conch Fritters. Serve as an appetizer during a fish fry or for dinner with a delightful salad. Either way, you’ll love this recipe!
The worst part about traveling the world is when it comes to an end. Thankfully we have our memories and experiences to take with us wherever we go. Summer is around the corner so I have been reflecting on the time that I spent in the Bahamas. We laid in the white sand and enjoyed fresh conch from the sea. Today, you can bring a little piece of the Bahamas into your home and cook up these amazing Conch Fritters!
My family is from Miami so I grew up eating conch fritters and conch salad. This tropical shellfish is very popular in the Caribbean and having it right from the sea is the best way. Don’t despair if you don’t live near the coast but love seafood and shellfish, you may still be able to place an order for conch at your local grocery seafood department.
Bahamian-Inspired Conch Fritters Recipe
Conch is a shellfish that comes from the ocean so the secret to enjoying these fritters is to let the conch pieces sit in a bath of salt water. I recommend placing them in salty water while you slice and prep the peppers and onions for the fritters. The salt water bath will soften the conch and provide added flavor for the fritter batter. Eating these fritters is like indulging in a piece of paradise!
These savory fritters are great alone, but you may also use the dipping sauce as a condiment. We enjoy them as an appetizer during a family fish fry or they can be paired with a great salad to make a meal. Whenever I make these fritters, it really brings the family together. Everyone is lined up with their plates eagerly awaiting their turn for a fresh fritter. I hope that you enjoy bringing a little piece of the Bahamas to your kitchen table and remember, Conch Fritters are meant to be shared!
- 2 medium conch pieces
- 2 1/2 cups of water
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups salt water
- 1/2 cup finely-diced green pepper
- 1/2 cup finely-diced yellow onion
- 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 1/2 tbsp hot sauce
- 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
- 1 tsp OLD BAY® Seasoning
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 TBS black pepper
- 1/2 seasoned package of GOYA® Seasoning
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tbsp ketchup
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- Place the conch pieces into bowl and cover them with the water and salt thereby making the salt water bath.
- Remove the skin of the conch, dice it and return the conch to the salt water bath.
- Scoop out 1 1/2 cups of salt water that the conch is sitting in and pour it into a mixing bowl. Add all of the diced conch.
- While constantly stirring with a whisk, add the peppers, onions, flour, ketchup, hot sauce, and seasonings.
- Whisk until the batter is well combined and no lumps remain. It should be the conisistency of cornbread batter.
- Lightly cover the bottom of a small frying skillet with a thin layer of vegetable oil. Heat it on Med-High. When the oil is hot, scoop out 1/4 cup of batter and pour it into the skillet. When it begins to bubble and harden around the edges (like pancakes), flip the fritter. Cook them and gently press down in the middle until they are golden brown and the dough is cooked all the way through.
- For the sauce, add all of the ingredients into a small bowl and lightly mix them until it is well combined.
- Serve with a lemon and dipping sauce, enjoy.
Home Chef Tip: Never rinse off the conch, you will be removing the flavor. Conch is similar to oysters in that you can eat them straight from the shell and right out of the ocean.
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