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10 Best Conch Recipes From the Bahamas

You’ve likely heard of conch shells, but have you tried any conch recipes? Did you even know that conch recipes were a thing?

Many people don’t, so don’t feel bad if you didn’t.

Conch Fritters with Lemon and Dipping Sauce
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Luckily, you can check out these ten easy recipes and see why it’s such a delicacy in the Bahamas.

Conch is a type of shellfish often used in Caribbean cuisine. It’s a little sweet and nutty and perfect for tasty dishes like fritters and chowder.

So if you’re looking for some new seafood dishes, check these conch recipes out. You won’t be disappointed.

Authentic Conch Fritters and More!

1. Authentic Conch Fritters

The first thing you should know about cooking conch is that you usually don’t cook the shells.

You can boil the meat in the shells to prepare them, but the shell itself isn’t edible.

So whenever a recipe calls for “conch,” it’s talking about the meat only. 

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s check out this classic island appetizer.

They’re crunchy, spicy, peppery, and delicious. They look – and even feel – like hush puppies, and they’re probably one of the most famous conch recipes.

They’re meatier and much more filling than hush puppies, and the beer in the batter makes all the difference.

If you’re new to conch cooking, try these first. You’ll be hooked after one bite.

2. Bahamian Conch Salad

Plenty of people avoid raw seafood, and for understandable reasons.

However, if you enjoy it, you must try this chilled conch salad. It’s cold, refreshing and full of umami goodness.

You’ll add plenty of garden-fresh veggies, as well. It’s also zesty and sweet (in a savory salad type of way).

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Think of it like slaw or shoepeg corn salad, only with conch meat. Serve it as a tropical side dish, or as a lovely light lunch.

3. Garlic Conch

I have one universal truth when cooking: if you cover it in enough garlic sauce, anything tastes good.

So, if you’re unsure about conch meat, try this recipe.

It’s buttery, garlicky, and just a bit spicy. Honestly, you can barely taste the conch beneath the garlic butter.

And what you can taste of it complements the herbiness perfectly. 

It’s a robust, earthy seafood dish for those who aren’t sure they really love seafood.

4. Jamaican Conch Soup

This vegetable-packed soup is a flawless blend of Cajun, Creole, and Caribbean fare.

It’s a lot like vegetable soup with spices and seafood. 

Since it has a thin broth, you can’t compare it to jambalaya. But even though it’s very soupy, there are big chunks of veggies and conch meat.

I like to serve it with dark bread. You could also use it as a starter or enjoy it alone for a light lunch.

5. Cracked Conch Bahamas Style

Do you enjoy fried calamari? If so, you’ll love cracked conch.

The two dishes are incredibly similar. Fortunately, cracked conch is an even heartier dish than calamari!

You can easily make it at home with fewer than ten ingredients.

And you likely have all of them in your kitchen right now. Except for the conch meat, of course.

It’s your basic battered, deep-fried treat. It tastes so good that you won’t even need a dipping sauce.

If you want one, though, I recommend a simple cocktail sauce or lemon juice spritz.

6. Belgian Beer Conch Chowder

Step aside, clam chowder! You’ve got nothing on this creamy, Belgian beer-based conch chowder.

It’s thick, luscious, and make-you-weak-in-the-knees yummy.

It features various chunky veggies, bacon, and conch meat. Add a dash of cayenne pepper and thyme, and you have something incredible on your hands.

Everything is so tender and flavorful, you’ll want to lick your bowl clean when you’re done.

7. Conch Creole

People often call conch by other names. Conk and lambi are two of the most popular.

So don’t be confused if someone calls this yummy Creole conch, Creole lambi instead.

Regardless of the name, this chunky Creole dish is spicy, zesty, and garlicky. Most people serve it over rice, though red beans also taste great as a side.

No matter how you serve it, you’ll love this easy-to-make meal. 

It takes almost 2 hours to pull together. However, the prep time is minimal. The hands-on stuff isn’t nearly as time-consuming or exhaustive.

8. Jamaican Steam Conch

Try this recipe if you want something that really showcases the conch meat’s flavor.

You’ll steam it with shrimp, veggies, and all kinds of good things.

I’m not going to lie. This one takes some effort. Of the 90-minute total cook time, about 70 of those minutes are hands-on prep work.

It’s not a quick and easy seafood dinner, so you may want to save it for special occasions.

But if you’re looking to genuinely impress everyone at the table, this recipe will do just that.

It’s a plethora of Island flavors all rolled into one intricate dish. Basically, it’s every seafood lover’s dream come true.

9. Haitian Lambi

No, that’s not barbecue you’re looking at there. It’s Haitian lambi, or Haitian conch stew.

It’s a filling, flavorful dish that’s hard to describe to someone who hasn’t tried it.

The texture is tender and juicy. (If it’s tough and chewy, you didn’t cook your conch meat long enough.)

Meanwhile, the flavor is spicy, meaty, and seafood-heavy. 

As for the actual stew ingredients, you can adjust those however you like.

I recommend sticking with tomato paste, thyme, and scotch bonnet peppers. Those three things (and the conch) are what give it its distinctive flavor.

Serve it alone or with a salad and plantains. It’s a nutritious, delicious meal either way.

10. East Indian Conch Curry

Conch curry is a sweet, savory, slightly spicy dish that’ll delight your taste buds. You’ll fill it with peppers, onions, and fragrant and flavorful curry powder.

Unless you’re a big fan of seafood curries, you’ve likely never had anything like it.

The recipe’s author calls it “dynamic and delicious.” That’s probably the best way to describe it. 

It has a complex, unique flavor and is ridiculously filling.

I like to pour it over rice and enjoy it with fresh naan bread. However, you can serve it in whatever way you choose.

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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