Citrus Carp


Carp and Mandarin oranges are traditionally served at Chinese New Year for good luck, this is an excellent way to get both in!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
12 servings


  • ½ peel of small mandarin orange

  • 3 pounds whole carp, cleaned and scaled

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 2 cups sesame oil

  • 2 ½ tablespoons chopped garlic

  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root

  • ¼ cup chopped green onion

  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry

  • 1 tablespoon black bean sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 6 tablespoons chicken stock


  1. Soak the orange peel in warm water for 20 minutes or until it is soft. Drain, and rinse the peel under running water. Squeeze out extra liquid. Chop the peel and set aside.

  2. Make 3 or 4 slashes on either side of the fish and rub the fish with salt. Sprinkle the fish on both sides with cornstarch.

  3. Heat oil in a frying pan or wok. When the oil is hot, deep fry the fish on both sides for approximately 4 to 6 minutes per side; both sides of the fish should be browned. Remove the fish from the pan and let it drain on paper towels

  4. Dispense of all but 2 tablespoons of the oil (leave that oil in the pan or wok). Bring the oil back to a high heat, mix in the orange peel, garlic, ginger, and green onions. Stir fry for 30 seconds. Add sherry, bean sauce, soy sauce, sugar and chicken stock. Mix well, then add the fish to the mixture. Cover and let cook for 8 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

490 Calories
43g Fat
6g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 490
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 656mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 408mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.