How to Fillet a Flat
Fish (like Halibut):
By Renee Shelton
fish on a large, flat, clean surface with the dark side facing up.
Carefully cut around the head and make one incision straight down
the length of fish through to the backbone down the center line.
knife at the head end under the flesh and make smooth, long cuts against
backbone toward outer edges of fish. Use a very slight angle keeping
cut as close to the bone as possible.
the first fillet is freed, continue with the next three fillets, starting
at the head, working from the backbone to outer edge of fish.
Halibut Filet - Image above courtesy Wikimedia Commons - User: Jlikes2fish, through a public domain license.
Shelton is the owner of this site, runs the fishing chef blog, and is the Fishing Editor for the 2nd largest women's website on the internet, BellaOnline.com. Keep up with her at her blog Sand and Succotash. Her book Basic Fish Cooking Methods: A No Frills Guide for Preparing Fresh Fish is available on Amazon.
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