Vinegar Carp


  • 1 carp, 2 to 3 pounds, head and tail left on
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine or sherry
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 3 tablespoons red rice-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon water-chestnut powder, see note, or cornstarch
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon gingerroot, minced
  • 2 green onions (both white and green parts), slivered
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (3 servings)

      652 calories; 30 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 13 grams monounsaturated fat; 8 grams polyunsaturated fat; 17 grams carbohydrates; 0 grams dietary fiber; 14 grams sugars; 70 grams protein; 251 milligrams cholesterol; 1299 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

Three to four servings


  1. Make three diagonal slashes across each side of the fish. Prepare a marinade of the soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the peanut oil, vinegar and honey. Soften the water-chestnut powder in a little of the broth, add the remaining broth and ketchup to the vinegar mixture.
  3. Prepare the garnish of gingerroot and onions and set aside.
  4. Bring a wide-mouthed pot of water to the boil. Immerse the carp with a pair of spatulas or a Chinese mesh strainer and hold it under the water for four to five minutes. Remove the carp and drain it thoroughly. Put it on a serving platter and pour over it the marinade of soy, rice wine and seasonings. Sprinkle the gingerroot and onions on top of fish.
  5. Heat the wok over high heat, add the vinegar mixture and stir until the mixture thickens. Immediately pour it over the fish.

25 minutes

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