To make good carp recipes, one should know the fish and exactly what waters this fish came from. Carp is commonly found in the Mississippi river and its tributaries. Because of their diverse habitats and feeding grounds it is difficult to generalize with this fish. The taste of fish is determined by what they eat so the water they live in (what food is available to them) determines the taste.
Carp recipes are something that I have never made nor have I eaten. When I was young we had what we called a river by our house; it actually was a canal. It was filled with carp and people fished there all the time. The water was really dirty! People who fished there for the first time and had never eaten it before told us they were disgusted with the taste. This turned me off.
I do not want to discourage you from try carp recipes or anything. You need to decide for yourself just what you prefer. I also know since the water that fish live in has a lot to do with the taste so other lakes or streams might present a better taste. Also suckers can replace carp in the recipes; they are smaller and have a different habitat. Carp taste best in winter and the suckers are available all year round.
CHEESE FISH BAKE
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
Arrange fish in a single layer in a greased baking dish. Stir mushroom soup to blend and spread over the fish. Sprinkle with pepper, then the cheese. Sprinkle a little paprika over the top. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the fish is flaky when touched with a fork.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Sauté onions, celery and green onions in the butter. Add the soup and broth in with the sautéed vegetables and stir to blend. Add mixture to the corn bread crumbs. In a greased casserole dish layer the fish. Pour the cornbread mixture over the fish. Bake about 30 to 40 minutes.
The following can be used for your carp recipes or any other of your favorite fish.
GRILLED FISH RECIPE
Combine all sauce ingredients in a blender; puree and refrigerate.
Melt butter in a saucepan and add lemon juice and chopped fresh dill; set aside.
Baste fish while grilling over coals for 5 minutes on each side or until fish is done.
Serve with dill sauce.