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Buying Tips

Quality carp is easy to recognize. Fresh carp never smells fishy, and the eyes should appear bright and clear, almost alive. The gills should be reddish, and the skin moist and with tightly adhering, shiny scales. Fresh carp flesh will give slightly when you press it with a finger, then springs back into shape. When choosing carp steaks or fillets, whether they’re fresh or previously frozen, look for moist, translucent (never dried out) flesh.


Edible carp are all the same genus and species, Cyprinus carpio, although some selectively bred fish are known as King carp. The domestic Mirror carp and Chinese Hi-goi are named for the quality of their scales, as their taste varies little. Recently introduced varieties include the Bighead grass, which has fewer bones. Carp is available live, fresh, or frozen, either split lengthwise or filleted.

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