I once asked my grandfather if he happened to have any carp recipes. In a casual tone of voice, his response was to put the carp on a piece of cardboard, bake it for 20 minutes, pull it out, throw the carp away and eat the cardboard...
It took me about three seconds to register what he actually said, then we both just laughed.
I suppose, the point is that not many people want to eat carp. Perhaps they just don't know what to do with it. They might not have any recipes for carp, or just don't want to deal with cooking carp at all...
Why might that be? Many consider carp as a junk fish. Whereas in some parts of the world within different cultures, carp is thought of as a prized fish to cook and eat.
To help make things easy, and in hopes of changing the minds of those who have been discouraged by the mere thought of this fish, the following carp recipes should be sure to please, and may even surprise your taste buds.
1 carp, 2-3 pounds
(cleaned and cut into 1"-2" strips)
½ cup cornflour
½ cup evaporated milk
salt and pepper
sweet and sour sauce
Add about 2" deep of cooking oil to a deep style frying pan and pre-heat to a high temperature of 375°F.
In a small bowl, combine the evaporated milk and egg, whisk together well. In a seperate bowl, add the cornflour and season with salt and pepper.
Dip the strips of carp into the milk mixture, then remove them while shaking off excess liquid. Generously coat the strips in the cornflour. Remove them and shake off the excess flour. Carefully add the coated strips into the heated oil without overcrowding the pan, and being sure they are fully submerged in the oil. Cook for for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side untile golden brown and done. Remove them and place on a paper towel to drain. Serve with sweet and sour dipping sauce.
2 pounds of carp meat
(cleaned and filleted, or cut into 2"-3" strips)
extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
1 lemon, zested
1 lemon, cut into wedges
½ cup Italian bread crumbs
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, drizzle a baking dish with olive oil to evenly coat the bottom. Add the carp and season with salt and pepper.
For the gremolata, mix together the minced garlic, minced parsley and lemon zest.
In a seperate bowl, combine the bread crumbs with half of the gremolata and mix together. Rub the bread crumb gremolata mixture onto the fish, and drizzle with more olive oil.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until done. Garnish with the remaining gremolata and lemon wedges.
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