Conch Chowder (the Bahamas)

Conch Chowder (the Bahamas) Recipe

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)


The Bahamas are the place for conch (pronounced conk). Islanders refer to it as hurricane ham and eat it in stews, salads, and fritters.

Sometimes the conch is taken from its shell, beaten to tenderize it, flattened, and then dried. This is reputed to taste like ham and is supposed to last for a year. In Haiti conch is referred to as lambi and is considered a delicacy.

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20 Min
50 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 c
    carrots, diced
  • 2 c
    potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 c
    celery, diced
  • 1/4 c
    cooked ham, minced
  • 1/2 c
    green pepper, diced
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 8 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 2 oz
    salt pork, diced
  • 1 small
    onion, chopped
  • 2 large
    tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
  • 2 tsp
    tomato paste
  • 2 c
    conch, tenderized and ground
  • 3 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • ·
    salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6
    shots dark caribbean rum, optional

How to Make Conch Chowder (the Bahamas)


  1. Place the carrots, potato, celery, ham, green pepper, and bay leaf in a large stockpot with the water and cook over medium heat for 10 to 15
  2. In a heavy skillet, heat the vegetable oil and brown the salt pork. Add the onion and cook until it is tender. Add the tomatoes and the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Place the onion, tomato, and pork mixture in the stockpot and add the
    conch. Bring to a boil.
  4. Cook the chowder about 30 minutes or until the conch is done, stirring, and add the Worcestershire sauce, salt, and
    pepper and stir to ensure that it is well mixed.
  5. Taste to verify the seasoning. Allow the conch chowder to sit for at least 15 minutes for the flavors to blend before serving.
  6. The chowder may be served with a shot glass of rum at each place. Before
    eating, each diner pours the rum into the chowder. This is totally optional and the rum may be omitted.

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About Conch Chowder (the Bahamas)

Course/Dish: Chowders, Fish Soups
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Caribbean

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