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How to Scale a Fish?

How to Scale a Fish?

Most fish must be scaled before cooking, though often you will find that your fishmonger has done this.
Course Cooking 101, How To


  • Fresh Salmon


  • Some fish, such as freshwater trout, have small scales that do not need to be removed. A few fish, such as shark, do not have scales at all.
  • Using the back of a filleting knife, a fish scaler, or a serrated knife held at an angle, scrape off the scales from the whole fish, working from tail to head.
  • Fish scales will scatter, so work over draining board or even outdoors.
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