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Grass Carp Fish

Submitted by on February 15, 2009 – 3:15 pm8 Comments | 101,114 views

Ingredient Name: Grass Carp Fish or White Amur
Traditional Chinese Name: 鯉魚 (wan yú)
What is this?
  • A herbivorous, freshwater fish
  • They were first used as a source of food for the Chinese, but later introduced to Europe and US as weed control fish since they are herbivorous
  • A relatively medium-large sized fish with a long torpedo body and silver scales
  • The entire fish can be used in soups, depending on the type of soup.  The head, meat strips and tail are most common

How do I prepare it?

  • Descale if needed (although the fish vendor will do this for you)
  • Rinse under cool running water
  • Mildly season with salt and let it stand for an hour
  • Create deep, long cuts into the tail for easier cooking
  • In a frying pan with some oil and 2 pieces of ginger and fry on low-heat until crispy and brown

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase this in most asian supermarkets
  • At the wet mart, you can purchase this fresh (all parts of the grass carp)

What is the cost?

  • Fresh grass carp tail is very affordable coming in at $13 – $15 HKD / tail depending on size and weight

Any benefits?

  • Fish are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which act as a natural blood thinner and anti-inflammatory
  • They are also a good source of protein without the high saturated fats
  • Since the fish is boiled, it is a healthy way to consume it

Any precautions?

  • There are fears of increased mercury in large fish, although the carp isn’t too large and not considered a high risk mercury fish (unlike mahi mahi or canned tuna)

Additional Information?

  • Frozen grass carp can keep in the freeze for at least 2 weeks, although fresh consumption is preferred

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8 Comments »

  • Dennis says:

    Hi.
    Carp, in my country , is treated as a pest. How big is the tail section you have in the photo – it looks to be about 4 inches (10cm)?

  • LadyTong says:

    Yes, carp is known to be a pest in most fresh water areas as they grow so quickly and seem to thrive in most environments. This is partially why the tails and fish themselves are so affordable (even fresh) coming in at around $15 HKD per tail ~ $2-3 CAD per tail. The fish tails I used are roughly 3-4 inches in length. Hope this helps!

  • Dennis says:

    Thanks for the answer, Lady Tong.
    To be honest, I doubt you could even buy it in my country, I do know they make the fish into garden fertiliser but not for food I think.
    cheers, Dennis

  • Loren says:

    They might be great to eat however I am looking for weed control in a small lake in Sweden. Does anyone know of a distributor that could get me a few? Loren

  • baby says:

    I went to a few asian stores. I can’t seem to find grass carp fish. What do you suggest as an alternative fish I can use?

  • Sammi Siah says:

    Hi, i am about to start a fish farming next month, Grass carp will be one of my options, any good advise on types of fish food for the grass carp and how much needed daily for 1,000 small fish for a start ?

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