A traditional dish in the French Caribbean Islands, Conch Creole, also called Lambi Creole, is a tasty dish loved by many islanders.
Conch or Lambi is a large-sized sea snail. As of today, the only place you can find a conch farm in Turks and Caicos.
Conch is a lean seafood that is better enjoyed cooked fresh out of the water. When frozen, it loses its elasticity and can be a bit tough to chew if not prepared correctly.
The conch is usually placed in a pressure cooker for 40 to 50 minutes or cooked on low heat for 1 hour, 30 minutes or 2 hours. Many people often create a water base seasoned broth or a milky seasoned broth to cook the conch.
Before cooking it is recommended to pound the thickest part of the conch with a kitchen mallet or meat tenderizer. Conch meat is best-cooked whole then cut small or diced.
To make Conch Creole a mixture of water mixed with lemon juice, garlic, thyme, scallions and a hot pepper which is optional is needed. After 40 – 50 minutes of cooking in a pressure cooker, the conch is then pan-fried with fresh juicy tomatoes.
A creole sauce is then created with the tomato sauce. Creole sauce is essential to Caribbean Cuisine.
It is prepared with tomato sauce, tomato paste or fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs and spices. Usually, a hot pepper is added for flavor, but it is not necessary.
A delightful dish, Conch Creole is widely enjoyed during special days and holidays.
- 4 conch cleaned
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 bouquet garni thyme, parsley
- 3 - 4 juicy tomatoes medium size, or about 1 cup
- 2 scallions chopped roughly
- 4 chives finely chopped
- 1 sprig fresh flat parsley finely chopped
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 2 hot peppers Scotch Bonnet or Habanero or 1/4 teaspoon Hot and Spicy Original with Herbs
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion julienned
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Seafood seasoning optional
- In large heavy bottom pot or a pressure cooker, make a court bouillon with the conches, the bouquet garni, 2 scallions, 1 hot pepper, and 1 crushed garlic clove. Cook for about 40 to 50 minutes until fully cooked in a pressure cooker. Longer on a stovetop in a heavy bottom pan. Strain the liquid and set aside.
- Cut the conches into pieces. Finely mince the chives and parsley. Crushed the remaining garlic.
- Quarter tomatoes and remove seeds. In a pan, heat oil, add garlic and minced herbs. Add tomatoes and let cook until the tomatoes have released all their juices. Add conch pieces and let pan fried for a few minutes. Add conch cooking liquid mixed with lime juice. Add 1 whole pepper, onion and thyme. Cover and let simmer on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove pepper before serving.