10 Local Street Dishes To Try In The Bahamas

Food |© greekfood-tamystika/PixaBay
Food |© greekfood-tamystika/PixaBay
Photo of Shimon Brathwaite
24 April 2017

Home to one of the most diverse habitats of marine wildlife in the world, The Bahamas has a huge variety of dishes that are hard to find anywhere else. Below is a list of ten food dishes to try when visiting The Bahamas

Cracked Conch

Cracked conch, also known as fried conch, is one of the many ways of serving conch in The Bahamas. In this variation, makers pound meat with a meat mallet to make it thin and tender before deep frying into nuggets. It is usually served with vegetables, dipping sauce, and French fries.

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Conch Fritters

Conch fritters are another meal derived from the meat of the conch snail. Different restaurants and people have different variations of this but generally speaking, fritter cookers pack conch into small balls, fry them, and serve them with a variety of different seasonings.

Conch Fritters served with dipping sauce | flickr

Conch Salad

Conch salad, served as an appetizer or a meal, is the most popular way to serve conch in The Bahamas. Preparers take conch from its shell, remove its eyes, and clean the conch. Afterwards, they slice it into small pieces, mix with sliced green pepper, onion, and tomato, and place into a serving bowl.

Long Island conch salad | © bookfinch/Flickr

Fried Fish

Bahamian diets are heavily influenced by the wide variety of fish found there. Several restaurants serve fried fish, the most notable ones including fried snapper and grouper.

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Bahamian Stew Fish

Bahamian stew fish consists of a dark roux of spices, tomato, celery and onions served with a fish of your choice, usually grouper or snapper.

Rock Lobster

Rock lobster, also known as spiny lobsters, are crustaceans found only in the Caribbean. They can be served either steamed or boiled and is usually served with salads.

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Baked Crab

Prepared by baking the crab inside of its original shell, baked crab is served with bread crumbs, seasoning, and an egg.


This form of stew combines onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves with meat usually coming from chicken, sheep’s tongue, oxtail, or pig’s feet. Though perhaps uncommon depending on where tourists come from, souse is completely safe, healthy and very tasty.


Johnnycakes consist of bread made from flour, milk, butter, sugar and baking powder. Usually baked in a pan until it turns a light-brown colour, it is served in slices. For those of who like sweets, this is an ideal dish.

Guava Duff

Known for being sweet, soft, and fragrant, guava duff combines the guava fruit with dough. It is then served with a rum-or brandy-butter sauce drizzled on top.

The guava fruit | © Ashish_Choudhary/Pixabay

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