Conch Fritters

So once you’ve chased down the little beast (or better, bought some from a fisherman), what do you do with your lump of white shellfish? Conch fritters of course! I suspect that it’s a law that every restaurant in the Bahamas serve conch fritters.

· 1 quart oil for frying
· 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
· 1 egg
· 1/2 cup milk
· ground cayenne pepper to taste
· seasoned salt to taste
· salt and pepper to taste
· 1 cup chopped conch meat
· 1/2 onion, chopped
· 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
· 2 stalks celery, chopped
· 2 cloves garlic, chopped
Dipping Sauce:
· 2 tablespoons ketchup
· 2 tablespoons lime juice
· 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
· 1 tablespoon hot sauce
· salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot or deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. Drop the batter by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil, and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  4. In a bowl, mix the ketchup, lime juice, mayonnaise, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Serve dipping sauce on the side with the fritter.

Once you’ve got this down, why not open your own conch stand?

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