Back in college, I went to the Bahamas with my girlfriends for spring break. Everywhere you go, they serve conch fritters. As much as I loved them in the beginning, I couldn’t look at another conch fritter by the 3rd day. You don’t see conch fritters much in NY (I probably never have), so I was ready for conch fritters again. I looked up several recipes but I didn’t have the standard ingredients so we improved a bit and ended up with non-traditional but very good conch fritters. How bad can any deep fried batter be, right?

Conch Fritters

  • 5 ounces cleaned conch meat
  • scant 2/3 cup chopped scallion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup water
  • oil for frying

Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Before we start, here’s what conch looks like before being cleaned (yup, they’re ugly suckers):

conch

1. Make the dipping sauce first by mixing all the ingredients together. Set aside.
2. Cut the conch in half and place them on a cutting board. Place a piece of plastic wrap over them and pound them. Put them in a food processor and process for a few seconds, until it looks roughly chopped.

cleaned Conch processed conch

3. In a medium bowl, mix together conch, scallion, onion, pepper, and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
4. Sprinkle the flour, cornmeal, and baking powder over it and mix well. Add water a little at a time while mixing, until all the water is used.

mixing conch batter conch fritter batter

5. Heat oil to about 375 degrees F. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter into the oil. Fry until golden brown and floating on the top.
6. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.

conch fritters 3
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