- Step 1: Rinse and dry Rinse and pat your fish dry, and place it on a hard, flat surface.
- Step 2: Scrape the scales away Use the spoon to gently scrape the scales away, working from the tail toward the head. Then rinse the scales away.
- Step 3: Cut off the tail and head Cut off the tail and head using the large knife. Gently tap the knife with the mallet to slice through the hard tissue.
- TIP: Always cut and scrape away from yourself to avoid injury.
- Step 4: Remove the innards Cut a slit along the fish's belly and then reach in and remove the innards.
- TIP: Wear disposable gloves when removing the innards.
- Step 5: Cut out the gills Use the scissors to cut out the gills. Be careful – fish gills are incredibly sharp.
- Step 6: Remove the fins Use the scissors again to remove the fins. Cut along the seam where the fins meet the body. Wash your fish thoroughly before cooking.
- FACT: Did you know? A recent poll found that 36 percent of men and 37 percent of women ranked lobster as the most romantic meal.
You Will Need
- A hard
- flat surface
- A spoon
- A large knife
- A wooden or rubber mallet
- A pair of scissors
- Disposable gloves (optional)