How to Remove Fish Skin

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How to remove fish skin

It takes some practice and good knife skills, but this is the best way we’ve found to remove skin from most fish fillets.

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Lay the fillet on a cutting board, skin side down.

2

On the narrower tail end, make a cut between the skin and the flesh that is deep enough so that you can grab the skin with your other hand.
3

Put your knife at a 45 degree angle to the cutting board, grab the skin with your other hand, and simply hold the knife(almost as if you are scraping the skin) while you pull the skin with your other hand.

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Here’s another method, recommended by a reader, that might be worth a try:

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Bring 1/2-inch of water to a slow boil in a shallow, wide frying pan.

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Carefully remove the salmon from the water and the skin will peel right off.
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Put your knife at a 45 degree angle to the cutting board, grab the skin with your other hand, and simply hold the knife(almost as if you are scraping the skin) while you pull the skin with your other hand.

The hot water will just barely start cooking the fish – not enough to affect the recipe. Gently rinse the fish and you’re good to go.

 

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