This is a traditional Bahamian recipe that is made with conch, this wonderful shellfish that is delicious but so hard to find out from the Bahamas. These fritters are great as an appetizer, finger food or as a very tasty hors d'oeuvre to accompany your favorite tropical drink!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Fritters:
Dipping Sauce:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Heat the oil in a large pot or deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).

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  • In a bowl, mix the flour, egg, and milk. Season with cayenne pepper, seasoned salt, salt, and pepper. Mix in the conch meat, onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic.

  • Drop the batter by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil, and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

  • In a bowl, mix the ketchup, lime juice, mayonnaise, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Serve dipping sauce on the side with the fritters.

Tips

Conch can be replaced with any seafood. We tried last week 'Calamari Fritters," following the same recipe but replacing conch with chopped calamari... it turned out awesome! We cannot wait to try it with shrimp or crab meat.

Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

220 calories; 13.6 g total fat; 44 mg cholesterol; 209 mg sodium. 14.8 g carbohydrates; 9.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2007
This came out better than restaurant conch fritters!! I made a couple of changes, I used 1/4 cup corn flour and 1/2 cup all purpose flour, used 2 cups of conch (be sure to chop them up real small, I chopped them up too big), omitted onion and bell pepper. This came out so good. I can't wait to cook them for company. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2006
I have tried this recipe only to find that it does very well without adding green peppers. Still has great taste. I had to increase the flour to a full cup I also added approx. 4 full conch, not all markets sell just one cup. Dipping sauce was too mayonaise based so I reduced that to 1 tsp and added equal amount of horseradish sauce for a nice kick and taste. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2007
This came out better than restaurant conch fritters!! I made a couple of changes, I used 1/4 cup corn flour and 1/2 cup all purpose flour, used 2 cups of conch (be sure to chop them up real small, I chopped them up too big), omitted onion and bell pepper. This came out so good. I can't wait to cook them for company. Read More
(94)
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2007
This came out better than restaurant conch fritters!! I made a couple of changes, I used 1/4 cup corn flour and 1/2 cup all purpose flour, used 2 cups of conch (be sure to chop them up real small, I chopped them up too big), omitted onion and bell pepper. This came out so good. I can't wait to cook them for company. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2008
I lived in the US Virgin Islands for 6yrs. I would have to say after eating conch fritters for at least that long, that these are just as good, if not better. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2006
I have tried this recipe only to find that it does very well without adding green peppers. Still has great taste. I had to increase the flour to a full cup I also added approx. 4 full conch, not all markets sell just one cup. Dipping sauce was too mayonaise based so I reduced that to 1 tsp and added equal amount of horseradish sauce for a nice kick and taste. Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2010
I'm giving this recipe 5 stars because it is DELICIOUS!!! it's hard to find authentic recipes like this unless your from the islands but this one is spot on. Being from the USVI, this is one of my favorite Sunday recipes and your recipe is exact to mine exept I serve my fritters with a mango and papaya chutney dipping sauce and my family loves it every Sunday along with some stew conch and rice. Here is my version; ) I do everything stated in this recipe except you might have to add a bit more flour and milk and I also add 1/2 cup of cornmeal. I also use puerto rican sweet peppers minced instead of bell peppers and if I so use bell peppers it's minced red bell pepper. I also add a packet of sazon And/or a boullibon cube for that added flavor and my choice of seasoning salt is lawrys. I never leave out the celery peppers or onions what is an island dish without them!!!!! Instead for those who don't like the "crunchy" taste it gives the fritter mincing the celery and peppers and chopping the onion real small( not minced) then frying the batter on low heat will cook the batter thoroghly and soften the veggies, it will take longer but the flavor is worth it!!! I also add a little chopped cilantro for some extra flavor then serve up with some mango papay chutney and enjoy( I've never tried the dipping sauce recipe.) also we pressure cook our conch for 30-60 min. in the islands or boil for 1-2 hrs in a pot with water and tsp of vinegar. Some also tenderize it before boiling. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2007
Yes I've died and gone to heaven... absolutely wonderful!! I actually had some crab too in the freezer so I mixed up some batter to use with the crab.. HUGE HIT too!! The only thing I didn't use was the green pepper and that's only because I actually don't care for it and the sauce is good but I just ate these babies by the handful so I kind of missed out on the sauce! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2011
Excellent recipe. Perfect batter. I went 1/2 flour and then !/2 cornmeal. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/27/2008
we dont really put celery and green peppers in our conch fritters...but the dipping sauce was right on the t Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2009
Fritters were a wonderful consistency and very easy. I used crab as the meat and left out the green peppers. I had to double the recipe as wanted to use it as a main entree. Even doubled it yielded only 6 fist sized fritters. Threw in some canned corn and felt I added a lot of the spices. They could have used more maybe next time will try with some jalepenos or a hotter sauce. Will do again and want to try different types of fish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2009
I LOVE this recipe. After a couple trips to the Bahamas I was craving conch fritters and stumbled upon this recipe. So I took a chance and tried it... tastes just like what we had in the Bahamas! I'm a little heavy handed on the spice but all my friends love these. By the way it tastes just as good with crabmeat. Around here (suburban NY) I can't find fresh conch or crab but I have found canned versions of both. These fritters are soooo addictive and easy to make!! Read More
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