Foods & Drinks

Best Foods In Bahamas

Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands’ love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. Check out the best foods in Bahamas you won’t want to miss.

Best Foods In Bahamas

Cracked Conch

Cracked Conch | Traditional Sea Snail Dish From The Bahamas, Caribbean

Conch (pronounced “konk”) shells may make for excellent wind instruments, and it’s undeniably fun to hold them up to your ear and listen to the ocean — but while you’re on the islands, try the delicious meat of the conch, too. Cracked (also known as fried) conch is pounded and breaded in a way similar to a veal cutlet, and it is served in a number of ways, including curried or with a Creole sauce, in Bahamian preparations.

Conch Salad

On Caribbean cruises, look for this ceviche-style dish serves uncooked conch doused in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It is often mixed with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. Don’t worry. This Bahamian cuisine isn’t raw, exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in essence cooks the meat.

Rock Lobsters

Otherwise known as spiny lobsters, these delicious crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Enjoy this Bahamian food steamed or boiled, in salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces.

Conch Fritters

Conch Fritters – Bahamian - MasterCook

You can’t visit the Bahamas without trying every variation of conch. The pink sea snail is native to the Caribbean and is a culinary staple throughout Nassau and the outer islands. We recommend the conch fritters, or the cracked conch, at Frankie Gone Bananas (either outpost in Nassau) or the Conch Shack on Baha Mar Boulevard in Paradise Island. Paula’s Conch Fritters and Creamy Calypso dipping sauce is the best starter on the menu at the Poop Deck, though they also serve cracked conch as an entree—why limit yourself to a single serving of conch per meal, anyway?

Guava Duff

Our next suggestion is another Bahamian sweet: guava duff, a pastry made from one of the few indigenous fruits that preceded the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. You can often find the popular fruit at farmers’ markets or road-side stands, and the dessert variation is served wherever authentic Bahamian cuisine is on the menu. The Shoal Kitchen sells a particularly mouthwatering variety.

Boiled Fish

A staple selection on the Tru Bahamian Food Tours, boiled fish is known also merely as “Boil,” and is a flavorful serving of flaky white fish, served with potatoes and spices. Particularly popular during Christmastime, it’s a must-eat when visiting during the winter months. And when it comes to ordering Bahamian fish, we recommend the snapper or the grouper. Sip on Harbour Island has a Sunday special of boil fish that is not to be missed, a weekly event featuring buttered grits and homemade johnnycake. Just another reason to not book your return flight until Monday afternoon.

Bahamian Fish Stew

Stew fish - Picture of Upstairs On the Bay, Freeport - Tripadvisor
Stew fish – One Of The Best Foods In Bahamas

This delicious Bahamian specialty is available in all the restaurants and is often regarded as the best food in Bahamas. The fish stew made here stands out from elsewhere because of the use of roux, which is a preparation of flour and fat that is used to thicken sauces, usually made with onion and tomatoes. Carrying just a hint of the taste of the Caribbean, it is important to get fresh fish to go along with the stew, and most restaurants in Nassau serve freshly caught snapper.

Johnnycakes

Kind of like the cornbread that is popular in Latin America, Johnnycakes are the signature Bahamian breads that you will encounter quite a lot during your tropical sojourn. The bread is quite a representation of the ethos of the Bahamian people and is usually made with milk, flour, butter as well as sugar. Usually served with curries as well as fish stews, this delicious side adds a certain flavor to your meals. This makes it a unique experiece that you must have in the Bahamas.

Pigeon Peas and Rice

No list of the Bahamian dishes is complete without a mention of this dish made from chicken and pork, as well as veggies such as celery, tomatoes in thyme in combination with pigeon peas, which are the national beans of the archipelago. The unofficial Bahamas national food, the broth is made of coconut, and the fairly simple dish is yum especially when coupled with fish stew or pork chops or just plain chicken. To get a real taste of Caribbean cuisine along with the freshness of a great fish, this is a must.