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Old 04-21-2019, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default Anybody like eating carp?

We caught 4 big carp while catfishing this weekend. Iíve never eaten it and always assumed you just donít eat em. Kids wanted to give it a try, so I cleaned one and let the other three go. Besides getting past the scales it wasnít a big deal to filet. A lot more bones and not as good as fresh fried catfish, but edible. We looked it up online and apparently people use carp meat like fake crab and for making fish puppies and curry and other recipes where the meat is more like a filler than the main thing.

Canít say that Iíll target carp anytime soon, but I was surprised that it really wasnít bad.
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:10 PM   #2
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Ive eaten them ceviche style. Tasted good.
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:14 PM   #3
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I tried it once.
Once was plenty.
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:24 PM   #4
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My grandad would take carp over most any other fish, we never ate them just because of the bones, never tried one over 3-4 lbs though.
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:34 PM   #5
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If you’re hungry and or broke it’s probably pretty good
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:36 PM   #6
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been told soak meat in vinegar would turn bones into soft and edible..also been told to pressure cook would too.. Then turn into like crab cakes...But never tried either...
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:36 PM   #7
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Love a good carp, javelina and aoudad soup.

Ate it once. Lots of bones. Flavor wasn’t bad, but texture was “different”. I ain’t cleaning one
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:43 PM   #8
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Carp from clean running rivers is pretty good.
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:51 PM   #9
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Ive eaten them ceviche style. Tasted good.
It's really good in ceviche!!


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Carp from clean running rivers is pretty good.
I have had it from both clean running rivers and lake Amistad. I could not tell a difference but then again amistad is really clean....
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:52 PM   #10
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Filet them cut out dark meat run the meat through a meat grinder season the meat and run it through the meat grinder again roll into small balls or patties batter and fry. Growing up on the Mississippi River this was common bar food.
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Old 04-21-2019, 06:10 PM   #11
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Smoke it, cook in curry,stew it, etc. When I was in China most of the fish I ate was carp. The joke was cause they ate all the other fish though
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Old 04-21-2019, 06:42 PM   #12
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Run it thru the pressure cooker and the bones are soft, like canned salmon.
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Old 04-21-2019, 06:55 PM   #13
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I will pass on the carp. Too many other species in fresh water that is much better lol.
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Old 04-21-2019, 06:56 PM   #14
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Smoked carp is great
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Old 04-21-2019, 06:57 PM   #15
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Cook in pressure cooker, eat pressure cooker throw carp away!!
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Old 04-21-2019, 07:04 PM   #16
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That's nasty

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Old 04-21-2019, 07:07 PM   #17
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If youíre hungry and or broke itís probably pretty good
When I was a young man, I was both hungry and broke, and you're close to right. It was filling.
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Old 04-21-2019, 07:17 PM   #18
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Love a good carp, javelina and aoudad soup.

Ate it once. Lots of bones. Flavor wasnít bad, but texture was ďdifferentĒ. I ainít cleaning one
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Old 04-21-2019, 10:49 PM   #19
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I've tried it 4 times and each time, it sucked. Every time the person told me they knew how to do it and make it good. Either they had never had crappie or cat fish or they lied.
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:01 PM   #20
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I worked with a guy from Slovakia. He said carp was a delicacy in his country and was eaten for special occasions. He was extremely excited when I brought him a few. Apparently European carp are a little different from ours. He didnít ask for them again.
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:14 PM   #21
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Iíll pass after watching them down cigarette butts at the marina


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Old 04-22-2019, 05:49 AM   #22
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Carp smells like, if a skunk and a deviled egg made a baby that lived in a trash truck. I'll pass on eating that.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:35 AM   #23
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I’ll pass.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:39 AM   #24
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Tried it a couple of ways by a guy who said he could cook it. Nope.

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Old 04-22-2019, 07:03 AM   #25
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As a general rule I won't eat carp. But, I've eaten some that was caught out of the cold clear streams up in the mountains and it was quite good.
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:13 AM   #26
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:25 AM   #27
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I have never eaten carp but I see them being sold in the Asian markets all the time.
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:31 AM   #28
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Carp not so much, but Small Mouth Buffalo, you just take out the back straps and pull them apart so you don't break those small three-fingered little bones, then fry it up, there's not a better eatin' fish out there. The Asian carp is very similar to a buffalo I've been told. Never tried one tho. Both have very white, almost translucent meat as opposed to a common or "German" carp common in most Texas waters...
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:55 AM   #29
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Grass carp are edible. germans are terrible. Im too good a fisherman to have to eat carp.
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:58 AM   #30
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Iíll try anything once if someone else prepares it. Donít have time to waste on cleaning one for myself.


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Old 04-22-2019, 10:24 AM   #31
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We catch enough catfish where we don't have to eat the trash fish
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Old 04-22-2019, 10:55 AM   #32
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Carp is awesome!

All you have to do is cut it into 2” chunks, put in on a hook under a jug line, and it magically turns into a catfish! Then filet and fry the catfish. Good stuff!
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:15 AM   #33
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Carp is awesome!

All you have to do is cut it into 2Ē chunks, put in on a hook under a jug line, and it magically turns into a catfish! Then filet and fry the catfish. Good stuff!
What he said. Great bait.
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:37 AM   #34
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I filleted a small one once and fried it up. I thought the flavor was good, but it was like chewing a piece of rubber. Now that I have a pressure cooker I'll try that method next time.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:01 PM   #35
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Better not watch what a catfish will eat or you won't eat any of those again!
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:19 PM   #36
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Filet them cut out dark meat run the meat through a meat grinder season the meat and run it through the meat grinder again roll into small balls or patties batter and fry. Growing up on the Mississippi River this was common bar food.
I have had it this way and it was pretty tasty.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:27 PM   #37
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Long ago I had a neighbor that would smoke them. It was great. I wish I knew his recipe.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:28 PM   #38
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Cuban Snapper
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:32 PM   #39
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Do you people understand the risk of eating freshwater fish raw ceviche style?
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:36 PM   #40
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If youíre hungry and or broke itís probably pretty good
This. We used to take the ones we caught to an elderly man we knew. They guy wouldn't take any other means of help, just stuff no one else wanted.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:38 PM   #41
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Crap, I mean Carp, what I mean is Carp taste like Crap
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:46 PM   #42
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Crap, I mean Carp, what I mean is Carp taste like Crap
I haven't eaten either one to make the comparison.
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:39 PM   #43
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I have never eaten carp but I see them being sold in the Asian markets all the time.
I've never considered Asian markets as the the litmus test for edibility
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:15 PM   #44
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I've eaten dozens of them in Iraq...grilled whole, over a wood fire and it is delicious.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masgouf
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:40 PM   #45
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I've never considered Asian markets as the the litmus test for edibility
Isn't that the truth! They eat some strange things. My wife works by China town and we occasionally shop in the Asian markets. I know where to get soft shell turtles and frogs if your looking!

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Old 04-22-2019, 02:44 PM   #46
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Anybody like eating carp?
No. Tried it once and hope to never be that hungry again.

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Old 04-22-2019, 02:45 PM   #47
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I've eaten dozens of them in Iraq...grilled whole, over a wood fire and it is delicious.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masgouf


I saw some Arab dudes catching carp Below Mansfield Dam on Lake Austin, this is how they were telling me to cook them...never tried though


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Old 04-22-2019, 03:06 PM   #48
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Been eating it the past 2 weeks in Asia. Its good. Don't think first world folks care to bother with it.
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Old 04-22-2019, 03:13 PM   #49
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Isn't that the truth! They eat some strange things. My wife works by China town and we occasionally shop in the Asian markets. I know where to get soft shell turtles and frogs if your looking!

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Alive?! My daughter would have them in an aquarium before I could get to clubbiní


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Old 04-22-2019, 03:15 PM   #50
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Never eaten one. Shot quit a few with arrows , left them for the coons and fox. Now I try and catch them on a fly rod, and iam convinced they are the smartest fish I have fished for. Iam about ready to try gernades !
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