Bahamian turkey souse

Turkey Souse (pronounced sowse) is a tasty chili-lime soup-like broth with a zesty flavour profile. Souse is a method of preserving meat that dates to the European Middle Ages. It is essentially known as Caribbean Soul Food with medicinal properties. Chef Rauel Fox is here to demonstrate how you can cook up a delicious Bahamian turkey souse from the comfort of your kitchen!



  1. Place a 4-quart (4 L) pot over medium heat, add the onion, celery, potatoes, crushed and whole allspice berries, thyme, 1 whole chili and half of the lime juice.
  2. Position turkey over the vegetables. Cover tightly with a lid and let sweat for 5-10 minutes (this is the base for a flavorful broth).
  3. Add about 1 litre of water, stir and bring to a boil with a lid slightly ajar to release steam.
  4. Add remaining lime juice, bay leaf, lime leaf, salt and diced pepper if using.
  5. Adjust seasoning with salt and lime if necessary, ladle into bowls and garnish with lime wedges and leaves, serve with a side of pepper sauce (optional) and buttery Johnny cakes for dipping into the broth.