With there being such a large South Asian immigrant population in the USA who enjoy the taste of rohu fish, it is not surprising that we have noticed more and more people asking about where they are able to find rohu fish in the USA recently.
Due to the import of carp being so tightly controlled, it can be a problem to find fresh rohu fish but if you know where to look, you are able to find it.
As we see so many people asking questions about getting rohu fish in the USA as well as it being such a pain to actually find the fish, we have decided to publish this dedicated article on the subject.
Our hope is that we are going to be able to help as many of our readers as possible who are living in the USA or Canada and are looking to get rohu fish for their meals.
Due to seeing a number of different questions about rohu fish in the USA each month, we have decided to cover them all in this article.
We have added our table of contents below to make it as easy as possible for our readers to quickly and easily navigate the article though and skip directly to the specific sections that you want answers for.
Where To Find Rohu Fish In The USA!
Although it can be difficult to find rohu fish in the USA, it does tend to be more commonly found in South Asian and East Asian markets and stores.
If your local town or city does not have a South Asian or East Asian market then you can sometimes find the vendors online and have them mail you your rohu fish direct to your home.
As you would expect, the majority of the South Asian and East Asian markets are in New York, Los Angeles, and the other majority cities in the USA.
That said, some of the smaller indoor markets and stores that specialize in South Asian food can be found in smaller towns and cities offering a way for you to get your rohu fish even outside of the major metropolitan areas.
There are a number of online markets starting to emerge too that specializes in South Asian food and although their supply of rohu fish is limited and often sells out quickly, you can try these online markets too.
Just keep in mind that the prices for next day shipping can be very expensive and more than double the cost of your rohu fish when using these online markets.
How Much Is Rohu Fish In The USA?
Although the price for rohu fish in the USA will depend on the side of the fillet or if you are purchasing the whole fish, rohu fish does tend to be much more expensive than native fish due to the import costs.
You will usually be looking at over $20 per fillet for rohu fish with the actual fish being $40 or more, especially if it is already gutted.
At the time of writing, it is currently illegal to farm rohu fish in the USA due to the problems with Asia Carp that managed to escape into local rivers and cause havoc on their ecosystems.
Due to this, the price of rohu fish in the USA will almost always be much higher than all other types of fish as it always has to be imported.
This is why so many people who want rohu fish have started to go for a much cheaper rohu fish alternative. Thankfully, there are a number of suitable alternatives to rohu fish that taste very similar and also have a similar texture that we will be taking a look at in our next section.
Rohu Fish Alternatives In The USA!
Cod is probably the best alternative to rohu fish in the USA with it having a similar taste and texture but much lower price.
Other types of Asian carp that are easier to find than rohu fish are also popular but can be more expensive with tilapia being a less common but often cheap alternative to rohu fish too.
Most of those alternatives to rohu fish can be used as a direct substitute in most of the popular rohu fish meals without having too much of an effect on the overall taste.
You can often get other types of Asian carp in South Asian and East Asian stores too and although they often cost more than cod or tilapia, they are often a closer match for the taste and texture of rohu fish.
A large number of people tend to instantly dismiss tilapia but it can be a cheap alternative to rohu fish with it being a great alternative to some meals.
With Aquaponics becoming increasingly popular in the USA, the number of people farming tilapia in their yards and gardens have skyrocketed helping to keep the price low and increase the supply in some areas too.
What Is Rohu Fish Called In The USA?
Rohu fish is still usually called rohu fish in most parts of the USA but some areas group all types of Asian carp into the single category of “Asian carp” even though there are multiple types of carp like rohu fish within that group.
If you are trying to source your rohu fish from a South Asian market or store then they will usually know exactly what you mean by rohu fish.
If you are trying to find your rohu fish in an East Asian market or store then you will find that less people will know exactly what rohu fish is but a fair number of people will still know it as Asian carp. You may be able to ask to see their Asian carp and then specifically look for rohu fish amongst the fish that they have available though to find your rohu fish.
As we touched on earlier in the article, the majority of Asian carp does taste very similar to rohu fish anyway so you can often swap out rohu fish for any other species of Asian carp if you are not able to find your rohu fish.
Depending on your exact situation, this may be the best option for you to take as it can be difficult to find actual rohu fish in some parts of the USA.
That brings our article going over where to find rohu fish in the USA to an end. We hope that we have been able to help as many of our readers as possible actually find real rohu fish in the USA but as we mentioned, the other types of Asian carp are more common and often make for a good alternative to rohu fish if you are not able to find it. You can also use other fish such as cod or tilapia too if you really are struggling to find rohu fish or other types of Asian carp.