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How To Fillet Every Fish | Epicurious

How To Fillet Every Fish | Epicurious

[Music] I’m Mike Cruz manager of Greenpoint fish wholesale and I’m here to show you how to fillet every fish to fillet fish I usually have around three knives with me depending on the size of the fish one of these butcher knives it’s really good for cutting through heads this seven inch curved fillet knife and a little five-inch guy you also need a pair of scissors a steel to keep your knife sharp a scaler and a good pair of tweezers to get those 10 bones out sardine I think people kind of think of sardines is something grandpa has in a tin tucked away and hasn’t touched in like ten years sardines require no tools to prepare any scales that you see on here totally edible and our always served whole if they’re fresh so to prepare a sardine you’re gonna open up that Gill plate grab it from the gills and pinch them out once the gills are free you’ll grab it from the collar here and without much pressure it tears right off so now holding on to the collar and the gills and using your finger to sort of open up the belly you’ll take out all the guts as soon as you do that the rib bones start separating on their own and touching one side of the spine you can use your fingers sort of like a knife and just run it straight down you do the same exact thing to the other side make sure you’re completely free then pick the spine up from the center you’ll sort of slip the tail through pull these up take them out and then you will have a butterfly sardine porgy porgy is a classic East Coast fish I always look at porgies as the pigeons of the sea which is not a bad thing I say that usually because they have some crazy colors in them when they first come out of the water lots of like purples and greens and blues it’s a classic like fish fry spot fish for sure so to start we’ll grab our scaler get that fin out of the way start peeling scales back making sure you’re going diagonal against the grain of the scales from the tail towards the head making sure you’re getting everything out of the way that’s gonna get in the way of your knife if you have difficulty scaling these fish just play around with your position of the scale or I mean it’s kind of depends on the fish and how much trouble the scales are giving you skeletal structure is gonna be pretty basic you pull this up get right down underneath that collar and come so you make your first cut at the head now Portuguese can be skinny sometimes so especially important to make sure that you are staying tight to the bones correct through the pin bones on the ribs pushing down on them peeling the fillet back now one thing I think people don’t give porky enough credit for is its fat content and you’ll feel it as you cut this he’ll oily the fish is that’s porky fillet Boston mackerel this fish is highly oily definitely has a strong fish flavor which is great because it is a fish super good for you super high and omega fatty acids really good for like brain development and things like that this fish is awesome and my personal favorite so Boston mackerel is a great fish to eat whole weather you just pull the guts out and throw it in your oven or butterflying it and that’s so what I’m gonna show you today so with this guy open up the gill plates and just snip that very tip there work around sort of the membrane and open it up being really careful not to puncture too many organs and you’ll open this guy up get your scissor into the tip of the gills gently pinch and twist and pull up and out and get a paper towel to clean off the insides blood is fairly strong flavored so you don’t want to have too much of it touching the actual fillets so we’ll start from the tail just stay on top of these small fins here make your first cut really shallow making sure you’re on top of the bones opening up that belly cavity just gently cracking through the rib cage and following through to the other side cracking the remaining pin bones once you have that side free flip the fish over starting from the head and just using the very tip just start cracking through those bones and being careful not to cut all the way down through the skin then with your scissors you’ll cut right in the middle of the tail to get into the bones and once you’re here you could just pull out and crack face the head away from you and just get right up against those ribs and just gently wiggle your knife underneath them same thing on this side and just follow them kind of pulling them away from the flesh as you do it and with these guys because their bones are so small and brittle it’s totally fine to leave the pin bones in and eat it as is Bronzino Bronzino is a farmed european seabass commonly eaten whole sometimes you see fillets this I think is probably one of the best introductory fish super low-maintenance you can cook this any sort of way and it’s probably gonna be delicious like with everything else the scales need to come off another great way actually the scale of fish if you’re doing this in your house and you don’t want to get scales everywhere is to fill your sink with water and scale the fish underwater and branzino is a pretty buttery fish to filet and that the meat kind of just wants to come off the bone so when you’re coming through the collar here you really want to be gentle to only use the very tip of your knife you don’t want to put pressure and start puncturing any organs that might damage the flesh so what you’ll do start your first cut towards the head and just very gently go down and just open up the spine except for where you have to come up to the ribs you’re gonna want to put a little bit of pressure and just crack through them and then go over very gently being careful not to touch any organs and using small but smooth cuts and freeing up your fillet and going on the second side free up the collar and when I go to my second position on a fish I like to use the length of my blade to make that first cut just because the tail is a little skinnier kind of wobbles a little bit while you’re cutting it and I’m pushing it down on the ribs to flex them out of my way once those are free you can pretty much put your knife in and just follow straight down and you’ll trim up that belly membrane you have a nice blade Bronzino [Music] striped bass so this is actually a farm-raised striped bass most of you that will be familiar with wild striped bass here on the East Coast you’re gonna see that this is obviously very different but with striped bass fisheries being at such critical conditions as they are right now it’s probably a pretty good alternative for us to start looking at farmed raised stripers so with this fish we’re gonna have to scale it and with these fish particularly you can clean up the collars and those are delicious and now we’re gonna gut this guy cut here enter with your scissor facing up towards the collar and towards the belly cracking this open and just pinch the gills not cutting through them you’re gonna twist and go up and out and you should get most of it with it and this guy will just take a paper towel on the inside out now we’re gonna cut this guy pulling taut and then make a sharp angle cut free up the collar and then just gently come down on the back of the spine angling up to crack those pin bones and get through the belly the same thing to the other side and actually just got stuck there and a good thing to do when you get stuck actually say you crack through the skeleton itself and you have half the fillet free and part of its still sort of stuck on there lift up where you’re stuck and just get the very tip of your knife and just start scraping little by little until you get those bones free pushing down and angling your knife towards the skeleton until you’re freed up and don’t get too stressed it’s okay finish your cut what I’m trimming away actually is essentially the stomach lining which sometimes can be a bit tough and as I mentioned before these little collars actually make for some very delicious eating if you broil them with a little bit of soy sauce or something like that they’re pretty much the spareribs of the fish world see best black sea bass is a local fish this one came in from Massachusetts they’re great mild fish they’re perfect for pan frying baking cooking hole crudo all sorts of things this is a very versatile very delicious fish so we’ll take our scaler it put a pretty good amount of pressure on this fish but you don’t want to go too hard and risk puncturing the skin so you take your scissor just make one cut insert your knife and just start to cut peel open and that should take everything out in one to chop some crabs actually that’s what he’s been eating this is just one half of the crab and now you clean your cutting boards cut behind the head open up the collar you’ll enter your knife in through the back and make a shallow cut just along the back just opening up so you can see the bones make another cut make one here and you should be good to go now you’ll come over the spine on the other side for the rest of the fillet what you’ll do is you’ll angular your knife pretty harshly you put quite a bit of pressure down onto the bones and then when coming up over the ribs you’ll have some pin bones that you need to crack through and you’ll just start at the tail use your momentum you just go right through them and then sharp angle to get over those ribs get all the belly meet you finish your fillet for the other side you just flip her over do the same thing so have a sea bass with two nice fillets hopefully not too much meat on the bones and save that for some soup and you’re just gonna trim there you go two black sea bass fillets ready for dinner arctic char char is a salmon oyd pretty much a cross between a trout and a salmon mainly farmed usually in Scandinavian countries you can pretty much expect everything that salmon has to offer just a little fattier a little more buttery definitely a very forgiving fish to cook so easiest way to fillet these fish is to pick it up from the fin put a finger right below the eye it’s just for some leverage and I would just cut right behind the head on a diagonal and just chop the head off that goes away can make soup what you do is you start at the top of the spine just make a small cut just opening it up and then very gently follow that line then once your fillet is free from the back half flip your knife over enter in from the tail with just the tip and just run it along flip back over the finisher cut know you want to do is trim up this rib section leaving as little waste as possible there you go arctic char filet red snapper these are usually caught in the Gulf of Mexico fish that likes to eat a lot of shellfish a lot of crabs a lot of sweet things so this fish is pretty popular with like Caribbean foods and things like that but it could be in a really good ceviche really great tacos crudo is great option all of it it’s great it’s a good fish first we have to scale it it’s now a filleting snapper they have some pretty aggressive rib bones actually so that’s something that you should look out for and they’re pretty steep so you’ll make your first cut behind the head open up the collar go along the back gently and these guys have a pretty flaky flesh as well so you’ll want to take care to not be rough with the fillet and when you come to the ribs the first one curves in slightly slight going follows and then they become sort of normal so you’ll want to have that sharp angle get that extra meat around that first rib that second rib and then just like normal just follow it down finish out your cut one thing that’s gonna make this even a little easier beyond having a really sharp knife is making sure that while you’re cutting your keeping your knife clean any extra bit scales flesh that’s on there it’s probably gonna end up getting you stuck and ultimately damaging the fillet it’s red snapper catfish this guy you usually see fried blackened some sort of pretty aggressive treatment trying to be nice to the fish they come from some pretty gnarly water sometimes but ultimately it is a good thing that we’re eating so much of them they are an invasive species they eat everything and they’re very very resilient because of the waters they come from you do not want to puncture the belly you do not want the smell of catfish guts in your house so for catfish you’ll make your first cut right in the back of the head and then I like to put my knife in and feel where the base of the spine is and twist and you’ll make your first cut like that and then really gently follow the back and once you feel yourself get to the rib cage here on the top half stop and start focusing on the rest of it so you’ll cut all the way down to the spine and free it up going over to the other side freeing all that up and then when you come back and flip your knife over stay tight to those ribs they sort of just raise the angle of your knife a little bit more a little bit more until you’re over them and the meat becomes free at the top like that once this little section is free you can flip your knife back over and you’ll start to see the ribs once you see that that’s when you want to come in sort of a sharp angle avoid everything in there and finish your fillet other side is same just to cut right here and sometimes they have a pretty thick bone here along the top fin and you’ll have to angle up and sort of over that finish the rest of it avoiding the belly and freeing it up this is garbage now I like to switch to a slightly bigger knife to skin the catfish you’re gonna want to make a very slight incision here at the tail and as you go in wiggle wiggle wiggle and start to make your knife as flat as you can so that you’re up against the skin leaving a little bit of meat here at the end just for something to grab on to and there’s two ways you can skin these you can either wiggle your knife wiggle your knife with your knife and hope for the best or one of the easier ways you can grab onto that piece of meat that you left and pull the skin leaving the knife stable and as you go you can twirl the skin around your finger have some fun with it and finish and then you’ll have skinless catfish fillets trout steelhead trout is a farmed species of fish rated green for sustainability very similar to a rainbow trout maybe a little closer to salmon and flavor they’re strong flavored fatty really good for poaching baking anything you do with salmon you do with steelhead trap this one has very small scales and are extremely sticky and these guys can be pretty slimy and sort of difficult to deal with if it’s your first time but just cut right through the head again you can see the fish has main spine bone on each side you can just start there you want to aim to be pretty much on top of the fins and with this you want to make really gentle slow movements this is not the most forgiving fish to fillet and again here you’ll just crack through all the bones here and get into the belly and this you want to put a lot of pressure down on that belly they’re very flexible they’re not gonna break other side is similar start at the tail finish your cut we’re gonna trim up belly membrane let’s steelhead trout tile fish tile fish is a deep sea fish actually they are predators for sure they like to eat sweet things like clams crabs it gives of slight sweetness to the flesh it’s very similar to red snapper actually this guy is so nice you actually don’t have to scale these if you don’t want to if you plan on pan frying this fish the scales actually puff up and add a nice crunchy element to the fish so we’re gonna leave this scale on make a tight cut and following up along all the way to the head pretty much right above the eye cut through the collar now because there’s scales on this fish it will be a little bit tougher to cut so you’ll just take it slow make shallow cuts using momentum and tile fish are a little unique in that most fishes pinbones just come to about the first quarter of the fish whereas tile fish is pretty much the first half of the fish so for cracking through the pin bones you’re gonna need some momentum you’ll start at the tail and sort of just run your knife up until you hear them all crack and with bellies on these guys their ribcage actually folds in quite a bit so you’ll want to just really slowly go along the belly until you start to see the skin poke through on the other side and then you’re gonna want to go pretty sharp get this extra meat that’s hanging on there and that should free up your first rib and you’ll follow it down til it’s all free don’t finish it same for the other side just finish off this side trim up that membrane clean up your edges there you have tile fish here Oh massa so here Massa is mostly in raw it’s usually a crudo I can be served in sushi applications it’s a really good super firm buttery fish I would not recommend cooking it I definitely think raw is the way to go for this fish so this we’re just gonna cut some fillets now the gill plate on this guy is actually pretty easily defined if you pull back you’ll see the gill plate rise up from the flesh and that’s exactly where you want your knife to go and just go right straight down and just open up once I’m in I’ll just spin my knife and just get it right on top of the bones correct through the ribs here and because this fish is so buttery also makes it pretty delicate when you’re cutting it same for the other side just trim that away and you’ll reveal a really nice fatty belly that’ll definitely rival most cuts of meat that you eat that is a uramasa Pollack Pollack is a fantastic substitute for Cod everybody loves cod it’s like America’s favorite white fish but the fact behind cod fisheries is that they’re not looking great and they’re heavily controlled more likely than not when you go to a fast food restaurant or somewhere that selling Cod is really probably selling this same family super similar tastes no need to scale it we’re gonna take the skin off of this one so these guys usually come guts out so easy cleanup and make your first cut and once you get into there you can see the head sort of follows this swoop and even without cutting it you can look at the top of the Pollack and you can see that there’s meat that kind of goes down two ways you want to try and get into that that’ll give you a nice entry to your first cut the Pollack is slightly different in that top section of their bones don’t really start until after the first set of fins here so you want to take care to pay attention to where you’re going because you can very easily damage the fillet for the other side just do the same thing and just finish up trimming Pollack skin is actually pretty tough so I can handle this without cutting through and you want to just start wiggling that skin and keeping your knife as still as possible and you’ll have nice skin lists holidays salmon salmon is something that you’ll see quite often poached or baked lends really well to pan searing though it’s awesome for obviously sushi sashimi things like that with fillets you’re just gonna have your standard portion fillet that you’re used to seeing in supermarkets and with steaks the bones stay in the steak it just gives you so much more salmon flavor and it’s just a fun way to eat them so today we’re going to cut some steaks so again we’re gonna scale the fish so to stake a salmon first thing you’re gonna want to do make sure you have no scales make sure the fish is dry making it easy to handle you can get a good grip with a large knife that is sharp cut the head off for steaks I like to do them like two fingers maybe three fingers thick so what you’ll do is essentially you’ll take two fingers sort of make a mark two fingers shallow cut same thing all along the whole fish also you’re gonna want to clip any fins so now four up here it’s a little bit easier to just finish that cut just to free up your belly so I’m just extending from that original cut we made flipping my knife and cut straight through so once that’s good take your big knife you’re gonna go into that same spot that you originally made the incision one cut down and then on the way back you’re gonna want to straight down when you’re going to finish that cut put your hand into flat with your fingers safely away and just straight down last little cuts to make sure you’re free and if you have a little tail portion here it’s very easy to just fillet it up have a little snack that’s a staked out salmon monkfish so these fish lie at the bottom of the ocean and they have a little angler on their head that they use as a lure to attract other fish and they have massive mouths I mean if this guy had a head on it would be the size of this board so monkfish typically come head off they are sometimes sold with the head on usually by request so people can remove the cheeks these fish have a prize the liver so you rarely see them with head on rarely see them guts in the fish pretty much has one bone going straight down so some of this excess skin will just pierce it a little bit just to get it out of the way because it is very tough and all you have to do is line your knife up perpendicular with the spine and you’ll just make that first cut all the way down to your cutting board once you’ve touched that you’ll grab this fillet and just start going straight down just following that spine you can see how tough the skin is slimy and it moves now for the other side you’ll just lay it flat down remove any sort of extra organs that are on there you’ll hold from the excess skin and just put your knife flat against that bone and just follow it straight down and you can see this fish is pretty much just one bone no pin bones to worry about so for the skinning again you just want to free up any extra skin here and with this fish you do not want to go all the way down to the skin between the skin and the flesh there’s a membrane that’s actually pretty chewy so you want to do your best to not get that membrane so you’re gonna leave a little bit of meat on there and you’ll know if you get down to the skin because your knife is just gonna slip right out these fish are also known as the poor man’s lobster texturally it is sort of similar it’s meaty it has a nice bite to it and a sort of similar sweetness [Music] Makemake in the offseasons they come head off usually they come head on heads are nice and square looking kind of a goofy fish commonly used in fish tacos great applications also in ceviche and things like that it’s a pretty mild fish it’s not a ton of flavor going on I mean it’s delicate I would say but kind of holds whatever sort of seasoning that you’re gonna give it so we’ll start from the head position ma he’s fillets actually go all the way to the top of the head so expose that collar go all the way up when you go all the way up here you’re gonna want to make sure you’re not hitting bones and get all of those pieces of fillet despite this being sort of a weird piece I mean that’s a whole portion of a taco right there their spine is pretty tall so you’re gonna want to make sure that you expose it completely so you can see everything once you’re at that point from the tail almost a 90 degree angle you’re gonna come down hugging that spine pretty tight when you get to the rib you can kind of flatten your knife out slightly just to get through the pin bones and then come right down and follow through for the other side you just do the same thing with these you’ll trim the belly not really looking to save too much as a belly here because of how thin it is so you can kind of just cut and monty is typically eating skinless filet is getting your way you flip them up you have two beautiful skinless body fillets skate wing skate is an interesting fish they are in the shark and Ray family you can see this is a saddle cut and essentially this is the nose here usually the body would be here and then they have a barbed tail that comes out this fish definitely has a stronger flavor than most a very unique flavor I would call them sort of briny almost skate is pretty interesting in that all along the entire fish is covered with these hooked spikes you have to be extremely careful of that and because they’re in the Ray and shark family everything in them is actually cartilage I know people who have eaten skate wings hole and they’ll eat the cartilage as well it gets crispy but filets are definitely common so first thing we’re gonna do if you have a saddle cut like this take a pair of scissors and just separate them this outer section of the wing is pretty much all cartilage so to expose will start from all the way back here they’re a little translucent so you can kind of see where the meat starts they typically have a pretty aggressive knuckle here and this is gonna hinder you a little bit so first we’ll take a bigger knife make an incision here and then you’ll just give it a quick slap down and just free that off now we’ll flip the skate over we’re gonna put our knife straight down here the tip of the wing cut through some of the skin and we’re just gonna give it a quick smack you don’t want to go all the way through the skin on the bottom and it’s just like skinning a fish slowly turn your knife so it’s flat then you’re gonna want to hold on here being careful of any spikes that are on the bottom and just wiggle and we’ll do the same thing and just take it all the way so this is a skate wing you can take it like this put it in a pan sear it bake it but one of my favorite ways is to fillet it right along here you’ll feel the cartilage begins you’ll follow it up to where that knuckle was you’ll feel there and it curves back down there so with your knife you’re gonna make a score just right at the top where you felt that bone follow it all along do the same thing on this side follow it all along turn it away from you and just start your cut open it up little by little and you just want to stay hard on that cartilage working in a semi circular motion and then finished now the top side is usually fatter so on the bottom side you’ll take a little extra caution make that score and continue to fillet and this you don’t have to worry about any pin bones or anything like that in here this is ready to go skate fillet turbo turbo is a flatfish they lay on the oceans floor cover themselves with sand and these two eyes are used to pretty much look straight up while they’re hiding to be able to catch whoever they’re after turbot is great super buttery not too heavy and flavor they’re meaty and yeah I would just consider them sort of a decadent fish so what we’re gonna do we’re going to start up here cut behind the head free up that meat open up the belly being careful not to puncture any organs inside along the center of the fish you can see depression and that’s where their spine lies so what you’ll do is put your knife roughly where you think that is and just start cutting straight down you can free up the tail here too just to make it a little easier on yourself and once you have a better bearing of where you are put your knife in and just slowly start to flatten it out you’ll crack through some ribs here again being careful not to puncture any organs even slide your finger underneath just free up any membrane that’s there and you’ll finish your cut pressing pretty hard up against the bones to make sure you’re not leaving anything behind I’m just finishing your cut like that flip it and now you can see the other side of the spine you’ll just get your knife in sharp angle cutting up through that and then it’s business as usual filleting this side so here we’ll spin it around cut up along the head free up the collar find that middle line here start your cut and we’ll start removing from that side and we’ll finish this a turbo like all flat fish will have a dark side and they’ll have a light side but there’s no taste difference between two and these will be skinned try and get as close to the skin as possible in these wiggle and now these do have pin bones in them but what’s great about flatfish is you don’t need tweezers to take them out you just feel for them and just cut them right out now you have skinless boneless turbot fillets fluke fluke is another flatfish same sort of deal they live flat on the ground ice facing up these fish are a little more predatory than turbot they have some pretty aggressive teeth these are usually served raw they’re great for baking they’re great for parents hearing they have a sweetness to them super white translucent flesh with fluke we’re going a little different same beginning steps I’ll cut behind the head and what you want to do to avoid any guts is really pull a little harder on the fin just to get that belly away from the innards to cuff Luke put the tip of our knife where your first cut is you’re gonna keep your knife in one position and pull the fish towards you following the shape of the fish the whole time you can come in here free up the tail a little bit and like normal just start to really feel out those bones and open up the fillet a little bit now when filleting a fluke your first opening cut here you want to really make sure that you’re on top of the bones these fish have a set of I guess you can call them false bones that make you think that you are on the filets and you are not and you will go straight down and damage the other half of the fish and these fish typically have some pretty large Roe sacs in them so you want to be careful not to puncture that these are the eggs essentially of the fish so this is a female so on the other side do the same thing open up the head hold tight avoid the guts open up the tail put the tip of your knife into your incision you’ll grab the tail and sort of twist it a little as you go and this pretty much will help keep the part of the fish where your knife is entering flat and from lifting off of the board and finished off the fillet on this side hopefully you’ll have no meat left you’ll trim up ribcage not really too concerned about saving the belly on these or not very thick I’ll switch to a longer knife get down close to the skin keep your knife steady and just wiggle the skin underneath it and skinless bleed place squid most people will know this as rings of calamari I think that it can be used way more appropriately if you have really fresh beautiful squid I think frying is kind of doing it a disservice doing this thing grilled or quickly pan-seared in a super hot cast-iron for like 30 or 45 seconds is really all it needs salt pepper lemon you’re having a great day first thing you have to do is understand this is the body the tube then you’ll have the tentacles down here and this is the head this is the eyes and if you open it up in here you’ll see that this is the beak so yeah their beaks are kind of like birds beaks in a way they’re very similar made of like a similar material they’re very sharp and they’re terrible to eat so all of that has to come out so what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna grab the tube and inside of the squid you can kind of feel it just by holding it there’s what feels like a piece of plastic as its spine so what you do is you’ll take a finger and right where the spine starts at the bottom you’re just gonna separate it and then once you have it you’ll just sort of run your finger all the way up and sort of hook to grab on to the spine and you’ll pull everything out this is the spine looks and feels a lot like plastic but it’s not and then you have here this little silver guy is actually where the ink sac is and if you puncture that there will be black ink everywhere and you will not get it out so now to prep squid you’ll push the eyes down and just make a straight cut down right before the beak you just throw these away and then pick up the tentacles and kind of squeeze gently and the beak comes right out you discard that as well so now your tentacles are ready to go for the tube you lay it flat and you’ll make a really slight cut here not even going all the way through just enough to kind of give you some space to start scraping your knife gently peeling the skin back and skin on squid can be quite chewy so you don’t want it now what you’ll do is you’ll make a straight cut down very gently being careful not to cut through the second layer once you get to that second layer you’ll start to curve your knife kind of similar to skinning the fish if you got it right you hold your knife in that position you pick this up and you just peel it all off come back lay it down on this side and you just sort of scrape off any extra skin that’s left and there you’ll have a clean squid octopus octopus are incredible creatures highly intelligent super delicious and very intimidating to cook for most people it’s a great option I mean it’s it’s decadent it’s rich more likely than not be finding this as a frozen product a lot of the times they’re coming from Spain or Portugal once you have it thought out and in front of you very similar to squid in that they have a beak as well it’s a little bit bigger than the squids pretty sharp too so you want to be careful of that they have a set of eyes here at the top and this is their head cavity so what we’re gonna do is just cut right in between the eyes and sort of where the tentacles start to meet right there put those aside for now we’ll do the same thing right above the eyes and just get them out of the equation you’re gonna want to flip the head inside out and just make sure you’re removing any sort of innards might be in there of course taking care to not break the head open we’ll flip it back so now when you have the head cleaned and ready to go you hold it taut and make a really small incision not cutting through the octopus just to get the skin to separate from the flesh and just peel away any skin and it is pretty tough so you’re gonna have to put a little bit of muscle into it you want to just take care to not be brutal with it I mean it can withstand quite a bit of pressure so I mean I’m grabbing this pretty hard but I’m not like white-knuckling the octopus and just work slowly and badges and you’ll have a cleaned head and now go back to the tentacles what you want to do this is the beak here let’s flip it and with your finger here just push like a button and it should expose itself and from here you’ll just take a knife and just remove that whole section there and you can see actually how sharp that is it looks a lot like a bird beak next step would be cooking it and then you will butcher it once it’s done this is a cleaned octopus so hopefully today I’ve made fish a little less intimidating for you people should consider fish a little bit more like meat and a little less like this foreign entity that they’re super afraid of and they have to go to a restaurant to get nothing terrible is going to happen if you overcook a fish one time or your fish sticks to the pan and you kind of ruined it these are learning mistakes take those and you just don’t repeat them there’s nothing sustainable about eating one species all the time it’s super important to just expand your palate and try different things I think it will open you up a lot more to experiment in cooking and it’s a lot more fun [Music]

100 comments on “How To Fillet Every Fish | Epicurious

  1. Thanks loved the video! But you did say perpendicular when you meant parallel at 20:40 or maybe I’m misunderstanding something?

  2. I just spent 34 minutes of my life watching a video on how to filet fish that I have never heard of, much less willing to put the effort of cooking them

    This is what procrastination has brought me to

  3. i really liked watching & learning from Mike! he explained everything in a way that was so easy to understand & not overwhelming for me at all!

  4. I really like this guy, he knows his stuff but doesn’t come off as cocky. When he made a mistake he said it’s okay don’t get stressed and showed how to fix it. 10/10 would watch him fillet a fish again

  5. I’ll eat most critters and generally mock vegans and vegetarians, but I’ll admit, I don’t eat octopus. They’re too smart. I just like them too much.

    Great job on the filleting. For mahi-mahi I find it easier to remove the skin before filleting. It just peels off.

  6. well, I had no Idea octopus was this easy……i mean squid looks super hard.
    I went to a place to eat squid a few days back and they didn't remove the plastic. it sucked..

  7. Considering the message at the end about sustainability should you really be eating a fish that's considered Near Threatened like the Turbot if that's your concern?

  8. Great vid learned a lot thank you here's some spiritual fishing tools Shepherdschapelcom Theseasonorg explains whole bible God bless

  9. i wonder what happened to all the filleted fishes? did they sell it in their store or to epicurious's staff? or have a fish buffet?

  10. I didn’t know there was only 21 fish species and I also didn’t know octopus and squid were fish I thought they were cephalopods

  11. It’s 12:34 am, I gotta get up early in the morning. And here I am watching someone filet a bunch of fish even though i hate seafood

  12. Wow! Thanks to the fabulous youtube recommendation, i now know how to fillet fish correctly! Even though i'll probably never used it in real life, thx youtube!

  13. Normal people when they see fish guts: ewwww! Gross!

    People who live on the coast or island countries: when is fish done?

  14. Are those roe sacks on the fluke edible? I know that flounder roe is supposed to be delicious, which is another type of flatfish. So that makes me curious.

  15. YES!!! The Catfish tip is something you really have to remember!! One time I accidentally opened up the Catfish from the stomach and good lord the stench of it almost made me cry 😢😢

  16. Not all steelhead trout are farmed; my family goes fishing on the Columbia River in Oregon, and catch giant steelheads all the time. They are native, but almost trout you can buy at a fish market are farmed unless they caught locally.

  17. It triggers me that this was all filmed on a wooden cutting board.
    Raw meats should ALWAYS and ONLY be prepared on plastic cutting boards, to prevent cross-contamination!

  18. next time, hire someone who is right-handed, so the majority of us can actually following steps by steps without a mirror. Thanks.

  19. eew fish! i cringed all the way esp with octopus but if i had some of these prepared by you i would cook. def. can not butcher/filet these on my own. kudos to ya.

  20. amazing video! this is a great reference for western style fish processing! i love watching kimagure cook as well and he shows some different techniques! it's all so interesting!

  21. It’s 2:08 AM
    You’re my FBI agent watching me, watch you, watching me, watch him…

    But the fishes are all watching us🧐

  22. Great for us amateur cooks. Thank You! And people comment on the squid not a fish??? I appreciate the knowledge, not something I would look up. In the kitchen I work we used hiramasa for crudo and branzino on the hot side.

  23. wow! this saved my life. otherwise the GIANT dinner party i'm about to host in 2 minutes would've been a GIANT flunk. phew…

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