Roasted Carp on a Bed of Caramelized Onions by Sitno Seckano

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Whole baked carp fish on a layer of caramelized onions

You know that “oh-wow” feeling that you get when you first run into a certain food blog? You know what I’m talking about, right?

Of course you do!

That is what I felt when I first stumbled upon a blog that had this gorgeous photo of a baklava on the front and then a mouthwatering recipe to follow. The moment I set eyes on that blog I knew I was in love with it, and with every recipe and photo thereafter.

Because I feel that I should not keep these great foodies all to myself, I finally found the courage to ask them to be my guests here at Diethood.

It is my great pleasure to finally introduce to you one of the most fabulous Macedonian kitchens in the blog world, Ситно Сецкано – Sitno Seckano (Seet-no Sets-kah-no). This duo, or is it a trio (?), of foodies never cease to amaze me with their wonderful food creations and stunning photos.

Their kitchen consists of centuries old Macedonian dishes, as well as modern, but they will also surprise you with an American staple, such as a peanut butter cookie, or an Italian tartlet.

I have been following them for a long time and I could not be happier when they accepted my guest post invitation.

Please welcome Bojana, Maja, and Daniel!

A plate with two pieces of fish and a scoop of caramelized diced onions


Hello Everyone!

We are so excited to be Kate’s guests today. We come from the same country as Kate, Macedonia, and we hope you enjoy our guest post!

Kate, thanks so much for having us here!

About Us

Sitno Seckano (which means “finely chopped” in Macedonian) is the blog of two food-obsessed sisters. We are inspired by lots of chefs and home cooks, and love finding unusual foods, thinking about what to cook next, and people enjoying our kitchen creations. We read food blogs every day so we asked each other; how come we don’t have a blog when we cook so much and so often? Thus, in March 2009, Bojana started the blog with a post on honey and oatmeal pie.

Bojana lives in Skopje, Macedonia and Maja lives in The Netherlands. Daniel does most of the photos. We want to share our ideas, recipes and the food we’ve enjoyed.  Sitno Seckano is like an extension of our individual kitchens where you are always welcome!

And now here’s the recipe:

Close-up of a whole carp fish on a pan of diced caramelized onions

Roasted Carp with Onions

Macedonia is a landlocked country but the rivers and lakes have several delicious freshwater fish. Carp is an oily freshwater fish which is available in the rivers in Macedonia. The carp fish contains high amounts of calcium and protein, and fatty acids which help prevent heart disease. While there are free-floating bones in the flesh, this fish is very tasty, especially when prepared in the following way.

This is a traditional Macedonian recipe; we hope you’ll like it as much as we do.

Roasted Carp on a Bed of Caramelized Onions

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WW Freestyle: 7
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Roasted Carp on a Bed of Caramelized Onions
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Macedonian
Servings: 4 Serves
Calories: 471


  • 2 pounds whole carp
  • 2 pounds white onions, diced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons paprika powder
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


  • Dice the onions and add them to a frying pan in which you’ve first heated the oil.
  • Sauté the onions for about 10 – 15 minutes on medium heat until they are soft and translucent, but not brown.
  • Add the salt, paprika and black pepper.
  • Brush a deeper roasting pan with oil and transfer the onions to it.
  • Place the cleaned fish over the onions.
  • In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup of water with the flour and lemon juice and pour over the fish.
  • Roast for 1 hour in a pre-heated oven at 180°C (350°F).
  • You can add couple of tablespoons of water to the pan if your onions start to dry up while roasting.
  • Serve with crusty bread and red wine (or beer).
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Carp on a Bed of Caramelized Onions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 471 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 149mg50%
Sodium 120mg5%
Potassium 1086mg31%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 20.4mg25%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: fish, roasted carp, seafood

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Close-up of a carp fish on a pan of diced caramelized onions




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44 Responses
  1. Carey Ellis

    I wanna taste that dish I’m gonna try making one thanks for the recipe,.. It really made me hungry seeing this…

  2. Kristen

    I am really quite unfamiliar with Macedonian cuisine. This was a great post to read….I have never seen fish made that way and it sounds fantastic!

  3. Juliana

    Wow, such an interesting way to cook fish…I am sure that must taste delicious. Beautiful pictures Kate 🙂

  4. Sortachef

    Very cool and beautiful, Kate. Thanks for expanding our food horizons. And it’s very nice to meet Maja, Bojana and Daniel, too!

  5. Cheryl and Adam @

    Kate it’s wonderful how you expand our world with your recipes. Although we’re well-traveled and Adam grew up and spent his early professional years in South America and Europe there is such a wide world of food left to discover and we love your Macedonian recipes and stories. You have put Macedonia right at the top of our travel list! This is another fascinating and delicious recipe. Thanks for introducing us to Sitno Seckano and their wonderful food!

  6. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines

    Kate, what a great guest post. I love the photos, I’ve never had carp, but now I’m going to look hard and see if I can find some. Thank you for sharing this lovely blog.

  7. Kristi Rimkus

    How lucky to have such beautiful fresh water fish available. I have never tried carp, but the color looks amazing on that bed of lovely onions!


  8. Sprinkled With Flour

    I love fish, but hardly ever make it at home. This recipe looks and sounds so delicious though, I may have to give it a try:) I love the bed of caramelized onions, I bet it adds great flavor!

  9. Boulder Locavore

    Wow! The photo totally reeled ME in, Kate, you are spot on with this great blog. I never imagined feeling a photo of a cooked fish was beautiful but these are! What a great find. Thanks for the introduction! Toni

  10. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    I’ve never cooked carp–what’s the matter with me?!? I’m going to have to try this.

  11. Brenda Hill

    Hi Kate,
    What fun to check your mouthwatering website. You got me with the caramilized onions. plus, love anything asperagus. Thanks again for your comments on our site. I am so glad I checked your delicious recipes and stories. Brenda Hill

  12. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    Thanks for introducing us to Sitno Seckano, Kate! I love cooking whole fish and find it crazy that Americans get so squeamish about it. Definitely will try roasting one with caramelized onions – sounds delicious!

  13. zerrin

    I’ve never cooked fish in this way. Caramelized onions sound like a great idea! Thank you Kate for introducing Sitno Seckano to us!

  14. Liz

    So nice to meet a new blogger…thanks for the introduction, Kate! And what a fabulous recipe…my family might freak out to see a whole fish on the table, but I, for one, would dive right in!!!

  15. visda

    Thanks Kate for your lovely comments. I would also love to learn cooking Macedonian dishes. Hope to see you in foodie events soon and in the meanwhile i stay tunes with your cooking creations over your blog.:-)
    I also enjoyed this guest post a lot. I love carp fish and we used to eat it for christmas in Vienna, which people found very strange here in the US.

  16. Chef Dennis

    thanks for such a wonderful guest post! I don’t remember ever seeing a carp recipe, now I have one and it does look delicious!

  17. Jill

    Thanks, Kate, for introducing us! What a beautifully tasty looking Macedonian dish. Look forward to checking out more in the future. Just glorious!

  18. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    I am not a fish lover 🙂 as I’ve probably said so many times, but my son adores any kind of fish and has said you are just GREAT!!! He loves your recipe 🙂

  19. France @beyondthepeel

    I love it. I have been looking at whole carp at the grocery store for weeks wanting to buy it but not knowing what to really do with it, I left it behind. This is the PERFECT opportunity to try this fabulous looking recipe.

  20. Tes

    I love fish and really obsesse with fish recipes… your fish looks really perfect and delicious. I really wanna try it 🙂

  21. Amy Bakes Everything

    Gorgeous! My dad and I would fish all the time and we would laugh when we caught a carp – we were trying to catch blue gill! This looks so amazing, thanks for introducing us to your super talented friends!

  22. something_good

    Great post & photos! Carp is great, especially cooked this way. I used to add tomatoes as well, but this way it seems even simpler and tastier.

  23. Krissyp

    This looks incredible. First off, anything on a bed of onions sounds delicious. Fresh fish roasted with wine and crunchy bread. That is my kind of meal. Thanks for directing us to your friends, it is always nice to follow blogs that use unusual foods/ingredients. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Kankana

    never had this fish and seeing this post I am tempted to give a try. Great post and sounds like a tasty dish to me!

  25. Claudia

    Fascinating post. I live in the Land of 10,000 lakes (Minnesota in the USA) and we have plenty of carp but no recipes! Fun to know we have something in common with Macedonia (carp) but you have one-upped us (lovely recipe).

  26. Sandra

    Oh this is really awesome Kate..I love those girls from sitno seckano! They are so creative and photos are just stunning!

  27. Mateja

    I love sweet water fish. My grandfather was a fisherman and we always had a lot of freshly caught fresh water fish on dinner table and carp was among them too! Didn’t have a good freshly caught fish in ages 🙁 What a indulgent recipe. Thank you guest posting and introducing us to your friends!

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