Fish Fillet: How To Fillet A Fish

Fish Fillet: How To Fillet A Fish

18 July, 2012
Fish Fillet: How To Fillet A Fish

An exclusive video lesson to learn how to use knives while preparing some seafood: in this video, made with Alma Italian culinary school, we'll learn how to fillet a fish.

STEP 1
For this task you will need a set of kitchen shears, a fish filleting knife and fish scaler.
Begin by using the shears to cut the fins of the fish. Hold the fish firmly in one hand as you carefully cut all of the fins from the top, bottom and sides of the fish. Now, using your fish scaler begin to scale the fish from the bottom up. Use an up and down motion on the entire surface of the fish. Turn the fish around to make sure you have removed all of the scales. This is a messy process that you can perform in a sink full of water. After scaling, reach for your fish filleting knife. Lay the fish down flat and make an incision along the abdomen. Then use the shears to cut the gills. Now, gut the fish using your hand and discard the innards in a container. Make sure you clean under the gills and remove the entrails.

STEP 2
For this step you will use a fish filleting knife. Lay the fish down flat and make a deep cut under the gills. Repeat on the other side. Now grab the head of the fish and twist off. If needed, use the shears to cut through it. Lay the fish down and begin cutting through the middle. Work carefully and cut along the bones. Use your shears to cut the tough parts. With the fish laying skin side down, glide the knife under the bones. Follow the vertebrae while cutting. Again, use your shears to cut the tough parts. Finish by using the knife to cut through the tail of the fish. You will be left with two pieces of fish.

STEP 3
Using the fish filleting knife, carefully cut around the bone located next to the thinnest part of the fish. You will be left with an even fish fillet. Now, use fish tweezers to pick out any remaining bones. Feel the fish with your fingers so you can spot the bones. Be sure to remove them all.

Still curious to know more about how to prepare seafood?

Don't miss our video lessons to learn how to serve a raw prawn and how to shuck an oyster.

All
Chef Davide Oldani, Chef Antonia Klugmann and Chef Lorenzo Cogo
Video
Italian Chefs' Hopes and Expectations for the Restart
Antonia Klugmann, chef and owner of L'Argine restaurant in Vencò, Davide Oldani, chef and patron of D'O,
Realistic cakes
Video
sKillingIt - Realist cakes
Everything is a cake, or so it seems from the latest trend on social media. 
Luke Vincentini's realistic cake
Video
Everything is a cake on Instagram
They look like shoes, vases, latte cups, but... they’re cakes.
Ivan & Sergey Berezuskiy, Vladimir Mukhin and Emanuele Pollini
Video
Chefs in Russia and their Expectations for the Restart
Ivan & Sergey Berezuskiy, chefs and owners of Twins Garden, Moscow, Vladimir Mukhin brand chef at White Ra
Sasaki's Toast
Video
Don’t Eat this Toast. It's a Work of Art
Do you love toast? Then you won’t be able to resist the incredible slices Sasaki Manami makes.
Chef Helena Rizzo, Chef Janaína Rueda, chef Tuca Mezzomo e Nathalia Gonçalves, chef Rafa Costa e Silva, chef Fabrício Lemos, Chef Erick Malmstem, chef Joaquin Renovale, chef Saverio Stassi, Francesca Ferreyros, chef James Berckemeyer, chef Renzo Garibaldi, chef Mario Castrellon, chef Carlos “Chombolin” Alba, chef Sebastian Pinzon,
Video
What do you Expect from the Reopening? Chefs from Latin America Reply
From Brazil to the Dominican Republic, from Peru to Panama, we have gathered the expectations, wishes and hopes on the restart of many chefs who live and wor
Tiger nuts
Video
Tap into Tiger Nuts
It’s time to go tiger nuts. Find out all about this dinky nutritional powerhouse that comes from the ground.
chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, chef Lucía Freitas, chef Carles Gaig, chef Josean Alija, chef Fina Puigdevall Nogadera
Video
Spanish Chefs tell us how they Imagine the Future
Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa of Alma restaurant, Lucía Freitas chef and owner of A Tafona restaurant, chef <
Taste Carlo e Camilla In Segheria
Video
Fine dining unboxing: discovering Carlo e Camilla in Segheria
Nothing’s more exciting than getting fine dining experience delivered to your doorstep.
Fusto unboxing
Video
Fine dining unboxing: discovering Fusto in Milan
Fine dining experience comes directly to your home? A perfect moment to have a tasteful unboxing together.
Vegan Waygu_credits Top Tier Foods
Video
Vegan Wagyu Beef is Here
A plant-based, vegan alternative to wagyu beef, called ‘Waygu’ by Canadian company Top Tier Foods is here, and the initial reaction is positive with
Chef Agustin Balbi, chef Ricardo Chaneton, chef Sung Anh, chef Masashi Horiuchi, chef Sricharan Venkatesh, chef Daniel Chavez, Chef Tamara Chaves Lopez, Chef Peter Coung Franklin
Video
Chefs in Asia Speak about their Expectations for the Restart
Agustin Balbi chef and founder of Andō, Ricardo Chaneton chef and founder of Mono,