Carp on Rice Recipe from Romania - Delicious and Flavorful

Carp on Rice

Carp on Rice Recipe from Romania - Delicious and Flavorful
Region / culture: Romania | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour | Servings: 4


Carp on Rice
Carp on Rice

Carp on Rice is a delicious and nutritious dish that combines the flavors of tender carp with fluffy rice and a tangy vinegar sauce. This recipe is perfect for a family dinner or a special occasion.


Carp on Rice is a traditional dish that originated in Eastern Europe, where carp is a popular fish. It is often served during holidays and celebrations, as carp is considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity.


How to prepare

  1. Clean and wash the vegetables, then split them lengthwise and cut them into 1.5" wide pieces. Sprinkle salt over them and let them sit for half an hour.
  2. Meanwhile, heat some oil in a pan and sauté the chopped onion until it is halfway cooked. Add the washed and dried rice and continue frying until it starts to turn yellow.
  3. Next, pour enough water to cover the rice and let it boil for 5–6 minutes. Transfer the rice-onion mixture to a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the vegetable pieces on top.
  4. Prepare a sauce by mixing a teaspoon of flour with two tablespoons of vinegar. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and rice mixture, then place it in the oven.
  5. Add some water occasionally, as needed. Serve the dish warm or cold.


  • You can add different vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, or peas to the dish for added flavor and nutrition.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to clean and wash the carp thoroughly before cooking to remove any impurities.

- Sautéing the onion before adding the rice will enhance the flavor of the dish.

- Adding water to the rice and vegetables while baking will ensure that the dish stays moist and flavorful.

- Serve the dish warm or cold, depending on your preference.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Carp on Rice with a side of fresh salad or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

Baking the Carp on Rice in the oven allows the flavors to meld together and creates a delicious, tender dish.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use other types of fish such as trout or tilapia instead of carp in this recipe.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the Carp on Rice ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the Carp on Rice with fresh herbs such as parsley or dill for a pop of color and flavor.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve Carp on Rice with a glass of white wine or sparkling water for a refreshing accompaniment.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers of Carp on Rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

- The calorie content of Carp on Rice will vary depending on portion size, but a typical serving may contain around 400-500 calories.


- Rice: 1 cup of rice contains approximately 45 grams of carbohydrates.

- Flour: 1 teaspoon of flour contains approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates.

- Onion: 1 medium onion contains approximately 10 grams of carbohydrates.


- Oil: 4 tablespoons of oil contain approximately 56 grams of fat.


- Carp: 2 lb (1 kg) of carp contains approximately 100 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Carp is a good source of vitamins B12 and D, as well as minerals such as selenium and phosphorus.


This recipe contains fish (carp) and wheat (flour), which may be allergens for some individuals.


Carp on Rice is a balanced dish that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.


Carp on Rice is a flavorful and nutritious dish that is perfect for any occasion. With a balance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, this dish is sure to please your taste buds and nourish your body. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of anticipation I felt when I first saw this recipe for Carp on Rice. It was many years ago, when I was just a young girl visiting my Aunt Rose in the countryside. Aunt Rose was known for her delicious, home-cooked meals and I always loved spending time in her kitchen, watching and learning as she prepared her culinary creations.

One day, as Aunt Rose was cooking dinner, she pulled out a worn, stained recipe card from her recipe box. She handed it to me with a smile and said, "This is a special recipe that has been passed down in our family for generations. It's for Carp on Rice, a traditional dish that we used to make for special occasions."

I eagerly took the recipe card and studied it closely. The ingredients were simple – carp fillets, rice, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and a few basic spices. But the instructions were detailed and precise, calling for the fish to be marinated in a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, and spices before being pan-fried and served over a bed of fluffy rice.

I watched as Aunt Rose effortlessly prepared the dish, her hands moving with practiced efficiency as she chopped, seasoned, and cooked. The aroma that filled the kitchen was intoxicating – a savory blend of spices, garlic, and fish that made my mouth water in anticipation.

As we sat down to eat, I took my first bite of Carp on Rice and was immediately transported to a world of flavors and textures that I had never experienced before. The fish was tender and flaky, with a slightly tangy marinade that complemented the earthy flavor of the rice perfectly. I savored each bite, feeling grateful for the opportunity to learn such a special recipe from my dear Aunt Rose.

Over the years, I have made Carp on Rice many times, each time tweaking the recipe slightly to suit my own taste. I have added a splash of wine to the marinade, minced fresh herbs for extra flavor, and even experimented with different types of fish to create my own unique variation of the dish.

But no matter how I change the recipe, the memories of that first time I made Carp on Rice with Aunt Rose will always hold a special place in my heart. It was a moment of connection and tradition, a passing down of culinary knowledge and family history that I will cherish forever.

Now, as I stand in my own kitchen, stirring a pot of fragrant rice and marinating a fresh batch of carp fillets, I can't help but smile as I think of Aunt Rose and the recipe that she so generously shared with me all those years ago. Cooking Carp on Rice is not just about creating a delicious meal – it's about honoring the past, preserving tradition, and sharing a piece of my family history with each and every bite. And for that, I am truly grateful.


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