8 Easy Carp Recipes For All Taste Buds


Carp generally gets a bad rap for its taste, with most people believing that it tastes much like mud. However, one thing you will realize once you start using the right carp recipes is that the fish’s reputation for tasting bad is undeserved. 

In this article, we will focus on showing you how to cook carp. Once you try the recipes outlined below, you will understand why carp is a popular ingredient in a large number of Jewish, Chinese, and Eastern European cuisines. 

Easy to Follow Carp Recipes

1. Baked Carp Stuffed with Mushrooms 

Simple and affordable, this recipe will allow you to turn carp into one of the most delicious meals. The recipe requires fresh carp. For this reason, if you like to wear your fishing shirt and go carp fishing, be sure to keep the carp in an ice slurry or fishing cooler before cooking. 


  • 1 whole fresh Carp (medium-sized)
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 chopped carrot 
  • ½ cup of chopped onions 
  • 1 stick of butter 
  • ½ cup of bread crumbs 
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup of mushrooms (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • ½ cup of vinegar


  1. Clean your carp properly. Rinse and pat dry with some paper towels. 
  2. Wash the whole fish with vinegar and allow it to stand for 15 minutes. 
  3. Brush the fish with lemon juice inside and outside. Next, rub it with seasonings. 
  4. Mix the carrots, mushrooms, onions, sugar, and breadcrumbs with a cup of water (or white wine) and stuff the whole fish. 
  5. Stir your egg and brush it on the fish’s exterior. Next, cover the carp thickly with few lumps of butter and bread crumbs. 
  6. Bake for 60 minutes in the oven on moderate heat. 
  7. Once the carp is done, put it on a heated platter and garnish with baked potatoes or some lemon slices. 
  8. Mix water & 1 tablespoon of flour rubbed in butter, and then heat them in your pan – wait for the mixture to thicken. Add pepper and salt and then pour it over your fish. 

Preparation time: 15 minutes 

Cooking time: 1 hour 

2. Broiled Marinated Carp 

Tasty and full of healthy oils, vitamins, and minerals, the broiled marinated carp is one of the few carp recipes capable of enriching your experience. If you have gutted your fish, removed the dark mid-lateral strip, and used your filleting knife to make some fillets, follow the instructions below to learn how to cook carp. 


  • 1 lb. of fresh carp fillets 
  • 1/3 cup of oil 
  • ½ of onion (cut into thin rings)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of boiled water 
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of crumbled basil 


  1. Wash the fish well, rinse it, and use paper towels to dry it. 
  2. Mix the basil, pepper, salt, water, onion, oil, and lemon juice in a jar. 
  3. Pour the marinade over the fish fillets and leave the fish to marinate for an hour at room temperature. 
  4. Place a buttered aluminum foil in your broiler pan, place the fish fillets on it, and then pour the marinade over. Broil your carp approximately 4 inches above the source of heat for about 10 minutes. 
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice. 

Preparation + marinating time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

3. Moroccan Poached Spicy Carp 

If you are too busy and have little time at your disposal, you might want to try the Moroccan poached spicy carp, which won’t keep you waiting around the kitchen for too long. Easy and delicious, this recipe is ideal for you and your entire family. 


  • 1 pound of fresh carp 
  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley 
  • One chopped onion
  • 8 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Salt 
  • Pepper 
  • Cumin or coriander
  • Paprika 


  1. Wash the fish thoroughly. 
  2. Fry your onion and parsley until the onion gets soft. 
  3. Add water and the other ingredients and stir until they become blended. Cook the sauce for 5 to 10 minutes. 
  4. Poach the carp in the spicy broth for 25 minutes. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes 

Cooking time: 30 to 35 minutes 

4. Pasta with Canned Carp 

Maybe you did not manage to reel in a catch after going out with your fishing rod and reel. While most of the carp recipes in this article suggest that you need fresh carp, you can still enjoy a nice meal using canned carp. 


  • 1 can of flaked carp
  • 8 ounces of pasta
  • 8 bacon slices 
  • 1 big onion (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon of Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese 


  1. Cook the chosen pasta according to the package instructions. 
  2. Cook eight slices of bacon until they become crisp. Drain them off and keep 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. 
  3. Using the bacon fat in step 2 above, sauté garlic, onion, oregano, and sugar. Drain the fat.
  4. Add a package of white sauce with a cup of parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, onion, sugar, crisp bacon, and your canned carp. Cook the mixture until it becomes thick. 
  5. Pour your mixture over the hot pasta and serve. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

5. Gremolata Carp 

Quite popular in Italy, the gremolata carp takes less than an hour to prepare. Follow the steps below to learn how to cook carp using this recipe. 


  • 2 pounds of carp (cleaned & filleted)
  • Salt and pepper 
  • ½ cup of Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 lemon (cut into wedges)
  • 1 lemon (zested)
  • ¼ cup of parsley (finely chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • Extra virgin olive oil 


  1. Preheat your oven to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle your baking dish with olive oil to coat its bottom evenly. Add your carp and season with pepper and salt. 
  2. For your gremolata, mix the lemon zest, minced parsley, and minced garlic. 
  3. In a different bowl, combine your breadcrumbs and ½ of your gremolata and mix. Rub the mixture onto your carp and drizzle with additional olive oil. 
  4. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Garnish with the lemon wedges and remaining gremolata. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes 

Cooking time: 20 minutes

6. Sweet and Sour Carp

Featuring a perfect combination of sweet and sour tastes, this recipe leaves you wanting more. The steps below will show you how to cook carp using this tried and true technique:


  • 2 to 3 lb. carp meat (cut into 1- to 2-inch strips)
  • Sweet and sour sauce
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Vegetable oil 
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup of evaporated milk 
  • ½ cup of cornflour 


  1. Add approximately 2-inch of cooking oil to a fish cooking pan and preheat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Combine the egg and evaporated milk in a small bowl and mix them well. In a different bowl, add your cornflour and season with pepper and salt. 
  3. Dip the carp strips into your milk mixture and remove them while shaking the excess liquid off. 
  4. Coat the strips in corn flour. Remove them and shake any excess flour. 
  5. Add the coated strips into your heated oil ensuring you are not overcrowding your pan. Ensure that the strips are fully submerged in the oil. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until golden brown. 
  6. Remove and put on a paper towel to drain. Serve with sweet and sour dipping sauce, sliced bell peppers, and fresh pineapples. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 4 to 5 minutes. 

7. Carp Dumplings 

As long as you have all the necessary ingredients, making carp dumplings is easier than most people think. The recipe described below should prove this. 


  • 1 pound of carp fillet
  • 3 eggs
  • White pepper 
  • Salt 
  • 1 teaspoon of dried parsley 
  • 4 slices of white bread 
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 2 onions (thinly sliced)
  • 2 stalks of celery (chopped)
  • 1 carrot (chopped)


  1. In a 2-quart pot, mix 1 carrot, 2 stalks of celery, ¼ cup of butter, 1 onion. Add ¼ teaspoon white pepper, 2 tablespoons of salt, 2 pints of hot water. Boil for 30 to 40 minutes to make a bouillon.
  2. To make the fish mixture, put 1-pound carp fillet, 2 small pieces of celery, and 1 onion through a grinder. Mix with four slices of white bread (rubbed and trimmed to fine crumbs), 1 teaspoon white pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon dried parsley. Add 3 perfectly-beaten eggs and mix. 
  3. Drop by spoonfuls into your boiling bouillon and cook until done (approximately 5 minutes). Serve with a Chile sauce.

Preparation time: 15 to 20 minutes

Cooking time: 45 to 60 minutes

8. Carp Chowder 

Carp, when combined with the right ingredients, can make an amazing chowder. With the following recipe, you should be able to make 6 to 8 servings of carp chowder. 


  • 2 pounds of fresh carp fillets 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 quart of heavy cream 
  • 2 tablespoons of thyme 
  • 1.5 cups of corn nuggets 
  • 1.5 cups of lima beans 
  • 1 cup of onions (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup of flour 
  • 1/3 cup of butter 
  • 1 cup of celery (chopped)


  1. In a microwave, cook the carp and take off its skin. 
  2. Mix butter and flour. 
  3. Simmer the carp, thyme, pepper, salt, garlic powder, and vegetables in heavy cream until thickened. 

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes 



Q: Is Carp Fish Good to Eat?


In short, yes, you can eat carp fish. However, you have to prepare the fish properly if the fishy flavor is not very appealing to you. Carp is a staple part of the diet in many parts of the world. 

Q: How Do You Prepare Carp?


To prepare carp for cooking, the first thing you will need to do is scale it. After scaling the fish, use your electric fillet knife to fillet the carp. Next, skin the carp fillets and remove the mud vein. Now the carp should be ready for cooking. 

Q: What Does A Carp Taste Like?


When prepared and cooked correctly, carp meat will come out flaky, moist, and with a very subtle flavor. The flavor won’t have any hint of fishy or muddy taste. To get your carp to have a good taste, put it straight in ice immediately after the catch. 

Q: Why Do Carp Jump?


Carps jump to stabilize their swim bladders. Jumping out of the water fully and then splashing down on their side helps force air into their swim bladder – this stabilizes it.

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If you know how to cook carp, making tasty meals from carp meat should be easy. For most of the carp recipes, you will need to use fresh carp. The best way to ensure your carp stays fresh is to keep it under low temperatures – this can be easily achieved by transferring the carp into an ice slurry immediately after you reel it in.

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