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07-05-2007, 04:02 PM
I just found a good spot on the Missouri river to bow fish for carp. Itís even on the drive into work for me. Now I have a source for baiting my crawfish traps and running my trap-line. But itís gotten me curious, anybody ever try cookiní one of these critters up. Iíve seen a few recipes for them that involve pressure cooking and frying up patties. Are they worth it or should I just stick with the trout and crawfish. Thanks.
07-05-2007, 05:02 PM
I was once told a good carp recipe. Take one small carp. Put it on a nice clean hard wood board. Say Maple. Than place both carp and board in a large smoker. Smoke overnight. Than toss out the carp and eat the board. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif
07-05-2007, 06:30 PM
You've been eating carp for years, but it is known under a different name: tilapia. It is commonly eaten in Europe.
Carp is a mild fish, with lots of bones. It is good smoked. We've served it, and folks thought we were serving trout.
Most of the time, it responds well to a good sauce.
Experiment, and enjoy.
07-05-2007, 06:42 PM
Iíve heard of a similar recipe for trigger fish. Iíve cooked gar a couple of times with the same result. Might be why they group them as ďrough fishĒ and you can all but throw dynamite for them and still be legal. I feel the same way about shark and hate to dirty the kitchen for something like that (donít live next to the ocean anymore so no sharks). But then again the wife is about to go to the sand box and I tend to drink to much when she is not around so I might have a big slimy plate of carp that even the dog will not eat cooked up some evening if I get bored. I could freeze and mail you some if you like??
07-05-2007, 06:49 PM
No thanks. I can get all the fresh carp I want with my bow.
07-05-2007, 06:51 PM
Tilapia is a different fish. I donít know if they label it as such in the stores or not but I ate a TON of it when I lived in Florida (non-native species). Threw a cast net for them since I was only able to catch one on hook and line and I had to annoy the heck out of that one with a crappie jig while it was on the nest. Speaking of the cast net it has been about 4 years since I have been able to throw for mullet (the fish not the hair cut). That fish is about the best Iíve found for smoking and making dip with. OK now Iím getting hungry.
07-05-2007, 06:57 PM
Not exactly the same, but pretty darn close.
Try looking up 'recipes' on Google. There are a bunch of sites that have carp recipes. Carp is a traditional food in Oriental and Jewish (sorry Resistor! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif ) cuisine and there are a lot of variations.
As an aside, Koi, the ornamental pond fish, were developed from Asian carp that were raised by Japanese farmers to augment the protein in their diet. (I love trivia!)
07-17-2007, 10:51 AM
the pressure cooker was to soften the bones so you could eat them. darn lot of work to eat otherwise.
We wouldn't mess with them for eatin' unless that was all we caught--and we kept fishin til we caught something else...
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