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Bahamian Food: 40 Best Bahamian Dishes And Traditional Food In Bahamas To Try

We will write about Bahamian food with the best 40 Bahamian dishes. The Bahamian cuisine is not yet world famous, but one thing is for sure, the food in Bahamas is good! There are also some dishes that are authentic traditional food in Bahamas to try and drinks in Bahamas!

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Bahamas is one of the islands people think about when they are thinking beautiful Caribbean vacation and of course it definitely is one of the dreamiest places in the world to travel to.

You can’t really think about a dreamy vacation without food. So today, we’ll be checking the best food and drinks to try in the Bahamian cuisine. Click here to book online Bahamas activities and day trips

Bahamian food is a combination of South American influences – this will be rice, peas and cornbread, and Caribbean culture which puts a lot of emphasis to their spices and of course a lot of seafood because of its amazing location.

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Bahamian Food: 40 Best Bahamian Dishes And Traditional Food In Bahamas To Try

Bahamian Cuisine: Traditional Dishes in Bahamas

1. Cracked Conch

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Cracked conch is one the most popular dishes to eat in Bahamas. Conch (pronounced as “konk”) seashells are the ones you always see in a lot of these popular Bahamas photos. They are beautiful and always fun to play with, putting them near your ears, thinking you can hear the ocean but in the Bahamas islands. Cracked or fried conch can be pounded and breaded (think of a veal cutlet) and can use served with curry, or with Creaole sauce.

2. Conch Fritters

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Conch fritters is another way of enjoying conch, which is the main delicacy of Bahamas. Conch fritters are of course deep fried and served with their dipping sauce (ketchup, lime juice, and mayonnaise). The Conch fritters are made with a mix of conch meat, garlic, celery, peppers, onion, and you can add more seasoning.

3. Conch Salad / Conch Ceviche

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Conch Salad or Conch Ceviche is a popular way of eating the Conch, is as a Conch salad, sort of a ceviche type of dish. The Conch salad is not really a raw dish. Conch salad is mixed with green peppers, cucumbers, celery, and tomatoes. And the conch meat is considered to be “cooked” by the acid of the citrus (known as denaturation).

4. Conch Chowder

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Conch Chowder is perfect if you enjoy soup, this might be one of the conch dishes that you might love. The Conch chowder is a tomato based soup, flavored with various spices like thyme, basil, crushed red pepper, fennel, potatoes, plum tomatoes, garlic and many others.

5. Fire Engine

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Fire Engine is a popular breakfast choice in the Bahamas. The Fire Engine of the Bahamas, sometimes known to be a hangover cure (because who honestly doesn’t have a big drink in the Bahamian paradise?), will usually have corned beef, corn, sweet pepper, tomato paste, rice, grits, celery and onions. Fire Engine is actually huge in Bahamian breakfasts, but can be eaten any time a good appetizer, preparing your for more dishes.

6. Grit

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Grit is another Bahamian breakfast food. Grit is a simple cornmeal, boiled with salt and topped with butter. Yes you can even eat this with your Bahamian Fire Engine, or just eat with steamed corned beef, tuna salad, sardines or Bologna / steamed sausage. Definitely a filling way to start a good Bahamian day.

7. Rock Lobsters / Bahamian Crawfish / Minced Crawfish

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Bahamian crawfishes are much larger than the ones you’re probably used to. And Bahamian crawfishes is of course, due to the location of the Bahamas islands, crustaceans are the major exports of the islands, and a big part of the Bahamian cuisine. Spiny lobsters can be served differed ways – steamed or boiled, added in salads, used as patties, or served with Creole type or styles of sauces.

8. Lionfish

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Lionfish is a new part of the Caribbean and Bahamian menus. You can now find Lionfish served in Bahamian cuisine. The spines are usually removed, then the buttery white meat of the lionfish is served in various ways. You might find a Lionfish tacos served in your next Bahamas visit!

9. Bahamian Stew Fish / Bahamian Boiled Fish / Stew Conch

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Bahamian Stew Fish: Have you heard of the term “catch of the day?” A lot of places offer this especially if you’re located very close to the sea. You can have the day’s catch in a Bahamian stew fish which is usually a grouper or a snapper and served with dark roux.

10. Fried Fish

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Fried fish since we have the abundance of fish in the islands, you’d definitely expect the Bahamian cuisine to have fried fish. Serving the whole fish, usually, this can be seared or fried fresh and served with lemon and lime and some pepper. Easiest yet comforting food in the Bahamian islands.

11. Baked Crab

Bake Crab, who doesn’t enjoy a good crab dish, baked in its own shell? Seasoned and served with egg, and you have an enjoyable Bahamian dish.

12. Crab and Rice

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Crab and Rice is the lighter version of the popular peas and rice of the Bahamas. Crab and Rice will not include the meat, and the flavor of the Bahamian crab and rice dish actually comes from the crab fat, body and pincers. If you’re having this for a Bahamian dinner, it will usually be served with fish and another side dish.

13. Souse

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Souse is a famous Bahamian stew (pronounced as “souwse”), made by putting together meat, onions, lime juice, potatoes, carrots, served with celery and bay leaves. Meat can be pork, oxtail and some exotic options like chicken or sheep’s tongue, and even pig’s feet. Into new and exotic dishes, Souse will definitely be a Bahamian cuisine adventure, and takes really good too!

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14. Steamed Chicken

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Steamed chicken in the Bahamian cuisine is not boiled. Bahamian steamed chicken is usually braised with the signature tomato sauce of the Bahamian islands, which makes the result very unique. If you are into diving to the real Bahamian culture, you might just find the Bahamian steamed chicken in one of your local food tours.

15. Chicken in Da Bag

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Chicken in Da Bag if you think a beautiful island like the Bahamas will not have chicken and fries wrapper in a brown paper bag, you’re wrong. Chicken in Da Bag is a actually a popular snack late-night comfort food. Deep friend chicken, with fries and a roll.

16. Pigeon Peas and Rice

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Pigeon Peas and rice a big part of the Bahamian cuisine. You’ll see this combo – pigeon peas and rice as a side dish to almost every common Bahamian dish. This will usually have pork, pigeon peas (which is popular and a staple type of bean dish in the Caribbean and in Latin America), celery, white rice, tomatoes and thyme.

17. Peas Soup and Dumpling

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Peas Soup and Dumpling is always a good partner of big Bahamian meals. this can be related to the Europe’s pease pudding and dumplings, and in West Africa’s style of cooking with pigeon peas. Peas Soup and Dumpling is actually a combination of pigeon peas (can have coconut milk), pig tails, salted beef, ham, pork ribs, onions, tomato paste, bell peppers and dumplings.

18. Bahamian Hot Patties

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Caribbean-style patties? Now that’s something we definitely love to see and try! The Bahamian Hot Patties are filled with minced beef and vegetables, and can be also made vegan and vegetarian style? If you’re more into the spicy palate style, they can be made this way too. Although they are not made to be over the top spicy, as they are a very popular island snack.

19. Baked Mac and Cheese

Baked mac and cheese is a snack in the city, the Caribbean people will say you haven’t had the real one if you haven’t tasted theirs. In the Bahamas islands, apart from the regular baked mac and cheese, a unique taste is created with the added opinions, green peppers and more herbs and spices. Sometimes, mustard and even ketchup can be added to the macaroni, before it’s topped with cheese and added to a baking dish.

20. Potato Salad

Potato salad is a common side to a lot of the cuisines in the world. You can also find a potato salad in the Bahamas, which is often created into various styles, depending on where you are trying it. Make sure you try a really good one, as the potato salad is often made with mayonnaise, so you always need to try a freshly made one.

21. Fried Plantains

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Fried plantains is a very common side to a lot of Bahamian dishes, it’s always a comfort to have your fried plantains in the Bahamas islands!

22. Coleslaw

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Would you like your coleslaw sweet? Yeah coleslaw sweet is definitely a common thing to do in the Bahamas cuisine. They like to make their coleslaw more on the sweeter side, and with added lime juice. Can be a partner to any of the main Bahamian dishes.

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23. Johnny cakes

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Johnnycakes is bread is a big part of every culture and Bahamian bread resembles something closer to the American’s cornbread. Johnnycakes can usually be enjoyed with stews and curries. This is the unofficial national bread of Bahamas.

24. Guava Duff

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Guava Duff is a Bahamian dessert. Guava duff is guava made into a dough, boiled and served with rum custard sauce. Who wouldn’t want to taste this?

25. Rum Cake

Rum cake is a national dessert anyone? Rum and cake mixes two of the most delicious things in mankind, and rum cakes are a must try in the Bahamian islands. The Bahamian rum cake is popular around the holiday season, and rum is usually potent in the recipe, it being added once the cake is done baking. A butter rum sauce is also added over the top of a Bahamian rum cake. Need us to tell you how much you need to try this?

26. Benny Cake

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Benny cake or sesame seeds cake are very popular during the holidays in the Bahamas! Benny sees are heated until brown and boiled with sugar and salt, then cooled and hardened! Definitely a must try!

27. Coconut Cake

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Coconut cake and candy that is a must-try when you’re in the Bahamas. Instead of sesame seeds, just by the name of it, this made by bringing coconut to a boil with sugar, then allowing it to cool and harden.

28. Coconut Tart

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The Coconut Tart is the Bahamian spin to a fruit tart. Sweet dough prepared with tart. And the tart made with alternate layers of dough and grated coconut – Bahamian yum!

Food in Bahamas And Drinks

29. The Yellow Bird

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The Yellow Bird is a rum, and a big favorite Bahamian drink, the Yellow Bird came from Jamaica. It’s a mx or orange and pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy and banana liqueur (this is sometimes removed).

30. Bahama Mama

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The Bahama Mama cocktails can be paired with almost anything is popularly made in two ways: you can have your Bahama Mama cocktail made with rum, coconut rum and fruit juices for a refreshing Bahamas summer vibe, or or you can make it as a coffee-flavored liqueur, a good start for a night out!

31. Sky Juice

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Sky Juice if you want a lighter drink, this Bahamas drink is right for you. They Sky Juice is made with coconut water, gin, and condensed milk (what?), and a definite unique Bahamian drink.

32. Daiquiri

Daiquiri

Daiquiri is a Bahamian frozen drink, this is a mixed of several fruits – mango, strawberry, coconut, pineapple, banana. Blended with ice, until smooth, and can be served with or without white rum.

33. Switcha

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The Switcha is the perfect day drink, resembling a local lemonade drink. Enjoy it cold and have it accompany your summer lounge activities and you’ll have a fantastic slow hot summer day in the islands.

34. Goombay Punch

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Goombay Punch is a popular Bahamian drink, resembling the pineapple soda, made into a fancy sweet drink. Can’t imagine a more fun beach lie-down day without one of these Goombay punches.

35. Goombay Smash

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The Goombay Smash is another popular Bahamian drink. From the name itself, this is the classic Goombay Punch with added ingredients. This one will have dark rum, coconut liqueur, pineapple juice, lemon juice and simple syrup.

36. Planter’s Punch

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Planter’s Punch is another popular Bahamian cocktail with big Jamaican influences. This is cocktail made with Jamaican Rum, fresh lime juice, and sugar cane juice. Always a good one to try in an exciting Bahamian night!

37. Pirate Republic Beer

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Pirate Republic Beer if you’re a craft beer kind of person, you’re lucky because the Bahamas has got you covered! The Pirate Republic Beer is the one and only craft beer of the Nassau. You’ll find the Pirate Republic brewery in the center of Nassau, or you can find small pub in the Paradise island.

38. Kalik Beer

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Okay, cocktails are the go-to drinks of the islands but we got you covered beer buddies! Kalik Beer is known as the beer of the Bahamas. The word Kalik relates to the sound cowbells make when they are shaken, and this drink’s name has so much relation to the annual Bahamian carnival! The Junkanoo Festival has cowbells as an essential part of the celebration. Kallik Beer is a big national favorite and has variations – Kalik light, Kalik gold and Kalik platinum.

39. Sands Beer

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Sands Beer is one the Bahamas islands local beer. Full-bodied, smooth, and has a grapefruit taste, the Sands Beer is actually a popular beach drink choice.

40. Bush Crack Beer

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An island life for tourists is never cheap, because these are usually seen as destinations and lavish vacations, but we always try to see the local life whenever we travel. Bush Crack Beer is considered the cheap Bahamian Beer – so always a good thing to try for the real local experience. Be careful because it has 5.9% alcohol content, but it has a lighter taste.

WHERE TO STAY IN BAHAMAS

There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $30 USD a night if you want the cheapest option. AirBnb are also available, mostly for about $40-60 USD a night. Click here if you want to get $30 credit on your first booking in AirBnb.

Double room hostels can costs up to $60-80 USD a night while mid-range hotels costs more or less $120 USD a night.

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Hope you liked our Bahamian food blog post. Let us know if we missed any food in Bahamas and which one is your favorite one in the list of Bahamian dishes in Bahamian cuisine.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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