Loc: Weatherford, Texas, United Sta...
I have always heard Freshwater Drum were no good to eat. Then I tried it, and it was absolutely some of the best fish I have ever eaten! My next venture is to catch some fresh Common Carp and prepare them for the table. I'm going to have a family fish fry in the next couple of weeks. I'll let everyone here know what I think of it after my "CARP COOK OFF." Wish me luck!
According to TPWD: Many American anglers think of the common carp as a rough fish, not fit for human consumption. In many parts of the world, however, the carp is held in high esteem as a food fish. If the catch is properly cared for, it can make a delicious addition to the menu.
I think the overall perception of this fish for consumption is very underrated due to thier natural food habitat. you know they eat dirts and veggies and all... but funny thing is tilapia is very popular even though people are aware what they eat and being fed in the farm.
i bet you once carp are nicely processed and cleaned with no bone and packaged nicely and have them available in the market, people's perception will change.
I personally never had carp in the past for two reason. 1. they were too expensive back in my mother country. 2. Now in USA, i am brainwashed they are trash fish..
Perhaps, i'll give a shot at it if i catch one from the lake, not pond.
Loc: Texas, Earth, Milkey Way
i keep the common carp i use for gar bait in a condition that i would eat them if i was hungry enough were i to get stuck on the river or something. i have never tried it but the meat is pretty firm and white. they were taken all over the world as a food dish. they are pretty easy to farm as well people farm them in a number of countries
"Conservation is the preservation of life on earth, and that, above all else, is worth fighting for."
Have not had carp yet but want to. Drum is absolutely delicious and I'm even trading some of my sand bass for a coworkers drum. Last week cooked and ate a redhorse sucker that I caught while fishing the sand bass run, the tail had a butt ton of bones in it but the rest was amazing! "Rough fish" have cleaner/healthier meat than a lot of other fish, especially catfish, it's all either emotional bias or preconceived notions.
I think carp would be too oily. I don't even care for sandies, hybrids, or striper myself. Be careful with carp because I've read they tend to have high levels of toxins compared to other fish because of what they eat.
Loc: San Antonio , Texas
Carp is very good eating infact look up indian recipe for carp or bangladesh ,pakistan ,srilanka people eat these fish over anything else like crazy heck if you see any bangla stores around you check them out lol their frozen section is full of various types of carp . They consider catfish as trash .
I caught one to try out cooking.... I think the extra bones in the fillet and the amount of red meat that needs to be removed are major reasons.. Im gonna try pan seared with baking to finish on one fillet and then bake the other and make 'crab cakes' out of it. There is a top LA chef thats trying to bring asian carp into the reasturants and he has some serious youtube vids on cooking them
Loc: Weatherford, Texas, United Sta...
It's been way too muddy at my usual fishin spots to go out and catch Carp. As soon as it dries out a little, I'll get down to the water and catch some for my Carp fish fry. Sport Carp fishing is getting more popular. Although I have only targeted them myself to be used as cutbait for Blue Catfish & Stripers.
I really think & believe the more ways Carp can be appreciated & utilized for sport, bait, and tablefare, the more people will grow to see value in them. I've grown to respect them because they're powerful resilient fighters & survivors. Carp aren't ever going away, so we might as well learn to find value in them. I'm with Fishbonz, As far as cleaning and cooking carp, I think "it's all in the preparation" or "the know how."Other video's below provide some good carp tips.
Good video on removing the oily red meat and bones from Carp:
Good video on the utilization of carp for cutbait: