to Skin a Catfish or an Eel
and eels are slippery and require this special skinning technique. With
eels, continue as below, except: after making an incision completely around
the top just behind the fins closest head, grasp head with one hand firmly
and with the other firmly start to pull the skin either with pliers or
grab hold with a towel.
By Renee Shelton
an incision completely around the catfish, starting with the top of
to the operculum.
a towel wrapped around the head, or using a thick, heavy glove, hold
head firmly and pull the skin from the body with pliers toward the
- A towel that is wrapped around the head will protect you from
the barbs of the catfish.
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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