A freshwater fish with white flesh and a strong earthy flavour. There are several species of carp: mirror carp and grass carp are the most popular. Mirror carp is a plump-sided fish with a golden skin and a small handful of large scales across its flanks. Grass carp has many golden scales.
Carp is the most extensively farmed fish in the world. It’s a popular fish in Jewish, Eastern European and Chinese cuisines. Carp fishing is a popular recreational pastime, but most fish are returned to the water once caught. Most carp on sale is farmed, so it’s available year round.
Carp are most often sold whole. They require scaling, skinning, gutting and filleting. The fillets have fine bones that need to be removed prior to cooking. Carp’s earthy flavour complements robust foods. In Eastern European countries, it’s served as part of a traditional Christmas feast. Carp roe (ikra) is also a delicacy.
Article by CJ Jackson