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Recipe: Coconut Conch Chowder

What could be more comforting than a warm, creamy bowl of chowder? Here in Nassau Paradise Island, we like to add a little Caribbean flair to our meals, and our Coconut Conch Chowder recipe is no exception. We’ve taken a traditional seafood chowder recipe and added conch, the national food of The Bahamas, as well as creamy coconut milk. The result is a rich, satisfying chowder bursting with delicious flavors.

Whip up a big pot of Coconut Conch Chowder for your next get-together. For even more Bahamian flavor, serve it alongside warm Johnny Cake with butter!

 
COCONUT CONCH CHOWDER

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb conch meat
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 small potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup corn kernels, fresh or canned
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 quart half-and-half or cream
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups fish stock
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ginger
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons hot sauce
  • Cilantro for garnish

Directions:

Place conch meat in a large pot and add enough water to cover completely. Bring to a boil and cook 15 minutes. Drain and discard water and chop cooked conch in a food processor.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat and add vegetables. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

In another large pot, melt the remaining butter and whisk in flour to create a roux. Add half-and-half or cream, coconut milk, and fish stock. Mix in the ginger, salt, and pepper. Stir the conch and vegetables into the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Add hot sauce and cook for 15 minutes more.

Garnish bowls of chowder with fresh cilantro.

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