10 Amazing Bahamas Foods

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Traditional food in the Bahamas is mostly spices and seafood, but there are other things to try too. The American South has an influence in seasonings and sides while the mains are closer to Caribbean cuisine. One thing is for sure, local Bahamian cuisine is colorful and delicious. Here are 10 Bahamas foods to try when you need a break from the beach.

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1. Conch Salad

This is raw conch in a spicy citrus sauce. Don’t worry, the citric acid “cooks” the meat. Being a salad, you can expect it to come with tomatoes, cucumbers, and celery, etc.

2. Baked Crab

Combine crab with bread crumbs, eggs, and seasoning and then bake it in the crab’s shell. This dish is a local favorite.

3. Rock Lobster

These spiny lobsters are steamed or boiled and served in several ways. You can find rock lobster in salads, “burger” patties, or mixed in Creole sauces.

4. Bahamian Stew Fish

This is any pan-fried fish with a thick red sauce. The sauce is a dark roux with spices, tomato, celery, and onion. Grouper and snapper are two common types of fish used.

5. Cracked Conch

In the Bahamas they pound and bread conch like a cutlet. They serve it with a creole sauce or curried.

6. Pigeon Peas and Rice

Pigeon peas are a staple bean of the Caribbean as is rice. Put them together with celery, tomato, thyme, and pork for this classic Bahamas dish.

7. Guava Duff

Guava Duff is a classic Bahamian dessert. It is guava wrapped in dough and boiled. Top it of with a sweet rum sauce.

8. Conch Fritters

A delicious seafood snack of seasoned conch meat fried in batter.

9. Tamarind Ribs

They coat these slow cooked ribs in a honey tamarind sauce. Delicious.

10. Bahamian Grilled Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi is dolphin fish (not a dolphin). In this dish they marinate the Mahi Mahi in a rum and lime juice before cooking it on the grill.

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As you can see, traditional food in the Bahamas is mostly seafood. Not surprising since it’s an Archipelago. But there are a few other surprises too, so dig in!

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