Whenever I’m in Florida or the Caribbean, I always love to try the seafood dishes. I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Go Blue), it’s not easy getting fresh fish, lobster or crabs at a restaurant, if you do, it’s not cheap. Conch fritters, Conch chowder or Conch salad…forget it. Joe’s Crab Shack doesn’t have them, neither does Red Lobster, go figure!
If you live in area with conch crawling around the ocean floor, you may be able to go snorkeling/scuba diving and catch a few conch but check with your local laws first as it may be illegal or you will need a permit and only able to do it at certain times.
If you can harvest them in some other area, then you have to get them out of their shell and clean them, that’s another project we won’t touch on here. You might be able to find a local market that has them but the easiest way is to order them is canned. Much of the canned conch is raised on conch farms in the Caribbean or South America.
Now with the internet, it’s very easy to get what you need to make your favorite conch recipes at home. Conch is easily attainable from sites like Amazon.com, it might be canned but that’s fine. Buy a half dozen cans and store some for later. Click the links on this page and it will take you right to an Amazon page where you can get canned conch.
While you’re at it, check out the Tortuga Rum Cake for desert, another of my Caribbean favorites and don’t forget the Rum Punch!