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Bahamian Conch Salad

Bahamian Conch Salad Recipe – Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean at home with this refreshing raw seafood dish. Authentic Conch Salad is delicious to serve as an appetizer or side with your favorite Bahamian foods!

bahamian food classic, conch salad recipe to make at home

Disclaimer: Consuming any raw meat (or egg) does come with certain risks. Be sure to use fresh high-quality conch and serve this dish shortly after preparing. Do not make more than 24 hours ahead.

You know those dishes you get on vacation that you simply cannot stop thinking about when you get home? Well, this Bahamian Conch Salad is #1 at the top of my “when can we go back because I need to eat THAT” again list.

Refreshing, crunchy, tangy, and bright Conch Salad is a raw seafood dish we look forward to eating every time we visit the Bahamas. Seriously, the moment we step off the plane, we head straight to the harbor where the Conch Man is making fresh salads to order.

But even if you aren’t able to make a trip to the Caribbean, it’s easy to get a taste of the islands right in your own kitchen. We make this Conch Salad recipe for summer parties to serve with Caribbean cocktails, and everyone always raves about how delicious it is. I couldn’t agree more!

bowl of raw seafood salad with spoon

Homemade Caribbean Conch Salad

For this easy raw recipe, you absolutely need to have fresh conch. These giant tasty water snails are indigenous mainly to the Caribbean and are often served without cooking; therefore, purchasing them from a trustworthy source is essential.

Conch is not a common grocery store item, so if you have the hankering to make this salad at home but can’t find it locally, you can order the seafood online and have it overnighted. I promise the wonderfully unique taste and tender, slightly chewy texture is well worth it.

Once you’ve got the fresh conch, this Bahamian food recipe is a breeze to make. There are only a handful of other ingredients needed, and the no-cook raw salad is ready to enjoy in 15 minutes!

spoonful of conch salad with peppers and tomatoes

Ingredients You Need

Aside from the seafood itself, this recipe features traditional Bahamian food ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery.

To prepare homemade raw Conch Salad you need:

  • Conch meat raw, either tenderized or steaks
  • Fresh veggiesdiced tomato, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and sweet onion
  • Habanero peppercontinue reading for tips to make this dish more or less spicy
  • Oranges and limesjuiced
  • Salt and pepperto taste

How to Make Bahamian Seafood Salad

The only real effort needed to make this appetizer or side dish is a bit of prep work to chop all of the ingredients. Then everything is mixed together and, BOOM, you get to enjoy authentic Caribbean Conch Salad in less than 15 minutes!

Here are the foolproof steps to make the best raw Conch Salad recipe at home:

First, set out a large mixing bowl. Chop the conch meat into even ¼ inch cubes and place in the bowl.

chopped raw snail meat in a bowl

Then chop all of the fresh produce and place it in the bowl as well.

Juice the orange and limes, and pour the juices over the salad. Generously season with salt and pepper.

Get the Complete (Printable) Authentic Caribbean Conch Salad Recipe Below. Enjoy!

juiced orange and lime added to bowl with diced veggies

Gently toss to coat. Take care not to mush the conch and veggies.

Taste, then add more salt and pepper as needed.

Cover and chill for at least 15 minutes or up to a few hours in the refrigerator.

bowl of raw seafood salad with Bahamian food ingredients

Suggestions for How to Serve Conch Salad

You can enjoy small plates of Conch Salad as-is with a fork or spoon. It’s light yet hearty, and is terrific for lunch or dinner!

It is also a delicious starter or side to enjoy with other Bahamian food dishes. Serve the raw seafood salad alongside Caribbean Shrimp Burgers, or with Caribbean Grilled Lamb Chops as a refreshing side dish.

We love to have Conch Salad as a fun party snack served with plantain chips, Large-Batch Goombay Smash Caribbean Cocktails, and Spiced Rum Cake!

side view of bowl with conch salad filled with authentic Bahamian food ingredients

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Conch Salad safe to eat?

Yes and no. As with all raw meat recipes it should be noted that there are certain risks whenever undercooked foods are consumed. Pregnant women, in particular, should avoid raw meat. However, if you purchase the conch from a trustworthy source (and are not pregnant) your risk of illness is very low.

How can I make this Conch Salad recipe more or less spicy?

For a more mild recipe, only use half of a seeded and sliced habanero pepper – or feel free to leave it out entirely. To make a spicier Conch Salad, leave in the habanero seeds and/or increase the number of habaneros used from 1 to 2.

What can I substitute for conch?

If you don’t have access to conch you can substitute with fresh shrimp to make this recipe.

How long does homemade Conch Salad last?

Keep raw seafood salad covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 day, and no longer.

spoonful conch salad with raw seafood, peppers, tomatoes, and seasoning traditional Bahamian food

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Bahamian Conch Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
A Bahamian food classic, this Conch Salad recipe is made with raw seafood and veggies, and is perfect to serve chilled with your favorite Caribbean dishes!
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound conch meat tenderized or steaks
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • ¾ cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 habanero pepper seeded and minced (or HALF for mild)
  • 1 juicy orange juiced
  • 2 juicy limes juiced
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Set out a large mixing bowl.
  • Chop the conch meat into even ¼ inch cubes. Place in the bowl.
  • Chop all the fresh produce and place in the bowl. *If you are sensitive to spicy heat, use only a quarter or half of the habanero.
  • Juice the orange and limes. Pour the juice over the salad.
  • Then generously salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Taste, then add more salt and pepper as needed.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

Conch salad is a raw seafood dish. Keep it chilled until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 67kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 37mg, Potassium: 331mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 641IU, Vitamin C: 46mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Bahamian, Caribbean
Author: Sommer Collier

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3 comments on “Bahamian Conch Salad”

  1. This is super simple to make. That’s my kind of meal prep :)

  2. So fresh and flavorful. My dinner guests devoured it!

  3. raw seafood recipes are a hit or miss with me, and this one recipe is definitely a hit!