How to Fillet a Fish How to Fillet a Fish

What You'll Need
Cutting board
Sharp filleting knife

Knowing how to fillet a fish starts with knowing the preparation process. Preparation of a fish fillet is important to ensure that you get the most out of your catch. Often, people lose half of their fillet through poor preparation and lack of instructions. The method to filleting a fish is very simple and does not take a great deal of time. To find out how to prepare your fish fillet to perfection, read the article below. It gives detailed steps and information to the preparation process.

Step 1 – Prepare your Tools

The instruments used for filleting fish must be very sharp. A blunt knife will make this job a lot harder. A knife can be sharpened using a stone or metal. Be very careful when sharpening a knife to ensure your safety. If you are unsure of the tools you require, a local fishing retailer or tackle shop will be able to guide you.

Step 2 – Cutting the Fish

Always cut your fish from the tail. Drag the knife from the back of the fish to the front. Drag the knife across the backbone to ensure an even cut. Remember that when you are cutting, you should always face the knife away from you. Move the knife away from you to ensure safety.

Step 3 – Removing the Fillet

The next step is to remove the fillet. To do this, use your knife and slice across the fish in a diagonal direction. Ensure that you slice from behind the fin. Your fillet should separate easily. Complete the same steps to remove the fillet from the other side of the backbone.

Step 4 – Removing the Bones

You may have bones in your fillet, which need to be removed. Use your knife to cut away the bones. Try to leave as much fillet as possible untouched to save as much fillet as you can.

Step 5 – Skinning the Fillet

To remove the skin from your fillet you must start at the tail again, as you did to cut the fish. Cut towards the front to remove the skin. Keep your knife close to the skin so that as much of the fillet is preserved as possible.

Step 6 – Removing the Pin Bones

There will be some individual bones in your fish fillet. They need to be removed. To remove the bones, you will need to use your hands. Feel around on the fillet for the bones. When you find the bones, simply pull them out. You could cut your fish into smaller pieces to do this.

When you have completed the preparation of your fish filet, wash your hands thoroughly. Your hands should be washed immediately after preparation to make sure no other foods are contaminated with the raw fish. Whenever you handle raw foods of any sort, you should wash your hands immediately after.

You will now have a perfect fish fillet which you can cook in any way you want. You can vary your seasonings and sauces to give the fish the taste that you desire. Make sure you cook your fillet thoroughly before eating to ensure your safety.

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