Asian carp have been farmed in China for over 1,000 years, serving as an ancient food staple throughout Asia. Asian carp were brought to the United Sates in the 60s and 70s for use in government agency and academic research, and in sewage treatment plants; and as a biological control for algae, plants and snails in aquaculture. The spread of Asian carp into the Mississippi River Basin is likely the result of insufficient controls to contain the fish in the ponds when conducting research. The flooding of the 70s and 90s furthered the invasion. Ever since, they have been running rampant through the basin for decades. With no natural predators and a voracious appetite for plankton, these invaders are out-competing native fish, striking fear as they approach aquatic ecosystems. Several species of Asian carp exist, but Silver carp is the most notorious – as a menace and as a jumper when boat motors roar!
- Region of Origin: Southern China, Eastern Russia and even Northern Vietnam
- Habitat: Fresh waterways
- Current Range: Asia, Africa, North America
- Life Span: 25 years in the wild
Asian Carp Recipes
SilverFin On A Stick
- 1 pound boneless Asian carp fillets (cut into 5-inch long pieces)
- 1/3 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp Sriracha sauce (optional)
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 12 wooden skewers
Preheat grill to 400 degrees, and treat grill surface with non-stick spray. Create the marinade. In a large plastic bowl combine soy sauce, water, brown sugar, Sriracha sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil. Whisk thoroughly. Marinate the fish. Add fillets to marinade (making sure each fillet is evenly coated) and refrigerate overnight. Make the kabobs. Thread the fillets on soaked wooden or bamboo skewers. Place the kabobs on the barbecue grill, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side (or until done).
- 16 silverfin strips, boneless
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup Kleinpeter half & half for egg wash
- 1 cup Louisiana fish fry seasoned flour
- Pickapeppa mango sauce for dipping
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Crack both eggs into a bowl to make egg wash. Beat well. Add half & half and mix well. Dip silverfish strips into egg wash then coat in seasoned flour. Fry until golden brown. Serve with Pickapeppa mango sauce.
- 4 silverfin steaks
- 2 oz. melted unsalted butter
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 egg
- 1 oz. bread crumbs
- Seasoning to taste
Poach or steam silverfish steaks until fully cooked. Break steaks into small pieces and remove bones. Place meat into mixing bowl, and add butter, mustard, egg and lemon juice. Mix well. Add bread crumbs and season to taste. Pat into small cakes and dip into egg wash, then roll in seasoned flour. Fry 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Serve with beurre blanc or lemon butter sauce.
These are some delectable Asian Carp cooking recipes.