Guide on How to Fillet a Fish
Step 1: Gather Your Tools
Before you even think about filleting a fish, you need to have the right tools on hand. This is crucial, my friend. You will need a sharp fillet knife, a cutting board, and a pair of kitchen scissors or shears. And let me tell you, investing in a high-quality fillet knife is worth it. Trust me on this one. It’s also helpful to have a pair of pliers or a fish scaler to remove any scales that may be on the fish. Don’t skimp on these tools, you’ll definitely regret it.
Step 4: Continue Filleting
Once you have made the first cut, continue filleting the fish by angling the knife towards the tail and following the bones to remove the meat. To ensure a clean cut be sure to use a sawing motion and keep the knife as close to the bones as possible. This is where practice comes in, the more you fillet, the better you’ll get at it.
Step 5: Removing the Ribs
Removing the ribs is a crucial step when filleting a fish. This step will help you remove any remaining bones, as well as remove the ribcage to make the fillets look more presentable.
To remove the ribs, use your kitchen scissors or shears to cut along the top of the fish’s ribcage, following the bones. Be sure to cut as close to the bones as possible without cutting into the bones. This will help you remove the most meat while still keeping the fillets in good shape.
Once you have removed the ribcage, use your fillet knife to clean up any remaining bones or meat that may be attached to the ribcage. This will give you a clean, presentable fillet.
Step 6: Repeat on the Other Side
Repeat the process on the other side of the fish, making sure to remove as much meat as possible. This is where you’ll see the difference between a pro and an amateur, the pro will remove as much meat as possible.
Step 8: Serve
Your fish fillets are now ready to be cooked and served. This is the best part, enjoying the fruits of your labor. Now you know exactly how to fillet fish the right way. Let us know what you think.
Now that you are done with the fish, you can also check out this guide on how to cut a chicken into smaller pieces