When you visit Nassau Paradise Island, there are plenty of places to enjoy conch in all its forms. Head to the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay for an indulgent lunch of cracked conch or conch fritters paired with an ice-cold Sands or Kalik. Visit the Marina Village outpost of McKenzie’s Conch Shack, a popular Potter’s Cay restaurant, that whips up fresh conch salad with vibrant citrus flavors. Or, grab a table at Frankie Gone Bananas, where you can pair cracked conch and conch fritters with traditional Bahamian side dishes like peas ‘n rice, mac and cheese, or fried plantains.
Want to whip up your very own Bahamian feast at home with some authentic conch recipes? Here are our top tips for cooking with conch to bring the spirit of The Bahamas to your very own table.
Check the color.
When choosing conch, look for pieces that are white with some pink and orange tinges. Avoid any conch meat that’s gray in appearance or has a fishy smell. Like any fresh, quality seafood, it shouldn’t smell fishy.
Can’t find conch?
Fresh conch is plentiful in Nassau Paradise Island, but it can be tricky to find outside of The Bahamas. In terms of taste and texture, the closest substitution for conch is lobster – either fresh or frozen will do! Scallops can also be used in place of conch.
Take time to tenderize.