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The Right Way To Choose And Fillet Fresh Fish

If you’re a fan of seafood, but you’re tired of buying frozen fish fillets, you might benefit from heading to your local seafood market and buying whatever fresh catch they have in stock. The trick is looking over what’s in the counter and deciding what looks good and fresh, and once you get it home, preparing it so you don’t wind up picking bones out of your meal.

While picking fresh fish isn’t that difficult, filleting fish can definitely be tricky. This video guide from the folks at YumSugar can help you pick the freshest fish at your market and fillet it when you get home. A couple of basics to pay attention to: look for clear, non-cloudy eyes and red gills. Use your nose, too: the fish should smell like the ocean, not like fish; if your fish distinctly smells fishy, it’s probably not fresh. Once you’ve selected your fish, it’s time to take it home and fillet it.

To fillet your fish, you’ll need a sharp knife and a steady hand — check out the video below to watch it in action. The chef in the video uses a huge salmon so you can clearly see the method of scaling and filleting the fish. Have you had lots of practice filleting fish? Or are you better at picking the one you want and leaving the knifework to the pros? Let us know — and share your tips — in the comments below.

How to Pick Fish [YumSugar]