Christmas carp


Still thinking about what to eat on Christmas Eve? If you want to have a very German Christmas meal, try a carp.

There isn’t really one typical Christmas dish in Germany the way there are in some countries. Many families eat goose, others prefer sausages and sauerkraut. Some eat carp.

But before you head to the fish counter, bear in mind, it’s not the easiest meal to prepare. If you decide to eat carp on Christmas Eve, you’ll be sharing your bathtub with the fish in the weeks running up to Christmas.

Muddy waters

Carp are bottom feeders so they need to spend a few weeks in fresh water to wash all the mud out of their system. Although this custom might date back to when people didn’t have refridgerators and the carp was kept in the bath simply to keep it fresh.

The traditional way to eat it carp is to slice it top to bottom, creating horseshoe shaped pieces then fry it. It’s sometimes a little fatty, but cooked well it makes for a very delicious Christmas meal. Here’s an easy recipe.


4 portions carp (130-150g each)
2 eggs – beaten
Slices of lemon


Wash and dry the carp. Salt it generously. Coat the pieces of fish with flour, then dip them in the beaten eggs, and coat them in breadcrumbs.

Pour some oil into the frying pan and heat it, then place the coated pieces of fish in the oil and fry slowly.

Serve with potato salad and slices of lemon.



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