Cayman Style Conch Stew Recipe

This recipe is very popular in the Caribbean, in particular in regions like the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands. We’ll be reviewing how to make the Caymanian variation of this dish.The conch is first pounded and scalded to tenderize. It is then slow-cooked with coconut milk and ‘pie’ – flat flour dumplings. This is a very thick, rich and comforting stew.

*Cleaned Conch meat can also be purchased at your local grocer or online.

Serves 4-6


  • 5 lbs Conch Meat
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 1 Whole Scotch Bonnet Pepper or 1/2 or more diced on your desired spicy level (deseeded)
  • 1 Green pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 Red pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 4 Green onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon Season all (optional)
  • 2 Coconuts of fresh made milk or canned milk (shake before opening)
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • Hot pepper to taste – Scotch Bonnet recommended


  1. Clean conch meat and pound to tenderize with a mallet or a clean bottom of an empty beer or wine bottle. (place conch meat in a zip lock bag or plastic wrap so not splatter, remove) Cut Conch into bite-size pieces and onions, peppers, seasons. Boil conch with coconut milk on Low-medium heat for 1 -1/2 to 2 hours or until tender.
  2. Add all ingredients, except flour, to the pan and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes. Make sea pie while conch is cooking.
  3. Mix flour with 1 cup water and pour it into the pan to thicken.
  4. 4. Make a dough with flour, a pinch of salt and water, so that you can roll out as thin as possible, then cut into 2 1/2” x2 1/2” squares. Let sit for half an hour then stretch squares to thin them out and add to conch stew mixture.
  5. Add sea pie pieces and continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes. Remove pepper if desired.
  6. Serve with White Rice and optional sides of Cassava, Pumpkin, Fried Ripe Plantain, Cornbread.


The open season for conch and whelks in the Cayman Islands officially began on November 1 and runs until April 30. Conch may not be taken from any of the marine protected areas around the three islands, including the recently introduced Wildlife Interaction Zones

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