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Old 02-27-2017, 06:09 AM   #1
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Conch Fritters Redux

The LEM grinder made fast work of the conch which was still partially frozen, so I didn't have to put some of the grinder parts in the freezer. I did two size dies, one for the fritters and one for chowder.

Fritter grind


The other ingredients


Finished Batter


Raw Fritters


Finished fritters with "Cold Fried" French Fries


This is a friends recipe given to me back in the '80's when I was actively involved with recreational scuba. He passed away many years ago. He was a noted, published U/W photographer for "Skin Diver" mag. RIP Steve Lucas.

Steve's Conch Fritters

2 lbs conch, diced (I cut up in big chunks and use the food processor)
2 tubes Ritz crackers, crushed – I use about 1-1/2 tubes to start then add if necessary
¼ cup peeled, seeded, and diced tomatoes
¼ cup chopped parsley
½ cup chopped onion
½ tsp garlic paste (Lawry’s)
6 eggs, add 1 at a time
1 finely chopped pickled jalapeno (Old El Paso)

Mix together, form in aprox 1” balls, and deep fry until golden brown, 350-375. Do a test ball first to see if you need to raise or lower temp to get it cooked thru but golden brown. We've also made these with abalone.

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Old 03-01-2017, 06:54 AM   #2
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These sound good...wonder where I could find a conch in Wyoming...I bet I could get some at H-Mart in Denver.
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:17 AM   #3
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It can be purchased online, but is expensive.
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There was a shack on White street in Key West where the old black man made conch fritters and bollitos.
Best I ever had.
We make the conch fritters here at home and find the frozen conch meat at a fish market not very far away.
I love them.
There is a place right on the beach in St. Augustine Fl. They had them on the appetizer menu. They were quite good.
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:52 AM   #5
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Conch Fritters Redux

Had them in Key West. There's a nice chewiness to them, and the flavor is so good.

I think a lot of places are conched out, and have to import them from the Dominican. I know there's a lot of conch poaching going on in Cozumel.
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If you had them after '77, the conch was not locally sourced. Damn Gov still hasn't lifted what was supposed to be a 10 year ban.
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My mom used to own a rental house on Summerland Key. There was a restaurant/market called Monte's Seafood where we got the most delicious conch fritters with mustard sauce. It was originally a market built in front of their dock and then the restaurant was added on - just an enclosed deck with picnic tables. Yum.
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I had conch fritters in Key West. I liked them, but can't say I loved them. Now, I am not big on desserts, but I had some righteous Key Lime Pie down there, and it knocked my socks off.

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How do you think this would work with canned conch (or whelk) Craigsy?
I think I saw live whelks, and frozen while conch in a Korean market recently. I wonder where they are from?
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How do you think this would work with canned conch (or whelk) Craigsy?
I think I saw live whelks, and frozen while conch in a Korean market recently. I wonder where they are from?
The only conch I have ever used has been flash frozen, Queen conch, nothing ever from a can, especially products from that region. Then again, I am a seafood snob. With the exception of raw oysters and on occasion steamed mussels, I don't eat seafood at restaurants.
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If you had them after '77, the conch was not locally sourced. Damn Gov still hasn't lifted what was supposed to be a 10 year ban.
Has the population returned to levels that would allow taking of conch?

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I had conch fritters in Key West. I liked them, but can't say I loved them. Now, I am not big on desserts, but I had some righteous Key Lime Pie down there, and it knocked my socks off.
Key lime pie is one of our favorites. I found a recipe on a bag of key limes and it turned out very good. Not as creamy as some I have had.
Costco key lime pie is very good and the price is very right.
Its not at all like the traditional. But I do buy at least one a year.
It never goes to waste.
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However, it does go to waist.

Sorry, back in my corner. Love Key Lime pie
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To me, it's always interesting to see all the conch shells when we snorkel in Cozumel. Never have I seen an actual conch residing in the shell. There's always a drilled hole, and a little crab living in the empty shell.

Key West, the Conch Republic, has imported conch for eons.
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However, it does go to waist.

Sorry, back in my corner. Love Key Lime pie
Actually, it follows behind!
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Actually, it follows behind!
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