National Dish of Bahamas Crack Conch with Peas and Rice

March 14, 2018  Nationalfoody Avatar
National Dish of Bahamas Crack Conch with Peas and Rice

For Conch and Tempura Batter

queen conch flesh (tenderized using a meat mallet) 1 lb
Oil for frying
water 2-4 cups
flour 1 lb
black pepper 1 tsp.
garlic powder 1 tsp.
egg (whisked) 1
fresh thyme (minced) 1 tsp.

Bahamian Style Peas and Rice

pigeon peas 1 cup
water 3 cups
medium onion (diced) 1
tomato paste ½ cup
fresh thyme (minced) 2 tsp.
slices bacon (diced) 2
ripe tomato (sliced) ½

Queen conch (Crack Conch) is a giant sea creature that is naturally found in the ocean surrounding the islands of the Bahamas. It is a versatile and flavorful delicacy and islanders have prepared this conch in a variety of delicious ways. The flesh of the conch is tough and chewy but ‘cracking’ or pounding it with a meat mallet causes it to become tender. Fried conch strips are eaten with Bahamian-style peas and rice.

Directions for Preparing Crack Conch

For Conch and Tempura Batter

  1. Combine flour, egg, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, thyme, and water to form a batter. Add a small amount of water at a time to make a thick batter paste.
  2. Chop the tenderized conch into 2-inch strips.
  3. Coat the strips in tempura batter and deep fry in oil until golden brown.
  4. Set aside

For Bahamian Style Peas and Rice

  1. Begin by adding the bacon to a pan. Fry until golden brown.
  2. Add the sliced tomato, onion, tomato paste, pepper, and thyme. Sauté together with the bacon.
  3. Add the peas. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add 3 cups of water. Stir and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the rice, cover, and cook on medium heat for about thirty minutes or until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed.
  6. Serve the fried conch with Bahamian-style rice and peas.

Take the opportunity to discover Bahamian cuisine; its spicy and unique flavor, using all local ingredients. Crack Conch with Peas and Rice is a traditional Bahamian island favorite.

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