Cleaning fish

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  • A clean rag to wipe any slime off the fish
  • A scaler - a special tool to remove the scales
 

Warning - Make sure an adult reads this before you begin

Wipe the fish all over using the rag to remove any slime.

Place the fish on a piece of newspaper on a non-slip, flat surface.

Hold the head. Scrape the scaler along the body from the tail end towards the head in several motions until you've removed the scales. Be careful of any spines on the fins. On freshwater fish, watch out for the sharp spines near the gills.
Ask an adult to cut the fish along the side from the anal fin (back fin) to the head. Once the cut is made, the contents and gills will be exposed.
Open the cut and pull out all the contents. Pull the gills out.

Photos: Pino Foti

Scrape the bloodline inside the cavity. Then wash the fish thoroughly in tap water, making sure inside is clean.

Now your fish is ready to prepare for cooking. If you want fish fillets, ask your parent or guardian for help.

 
 
 

Want to try some tasty recipes from the Sydney Seafood School? Click on the recipes icon and you'll find some delicious meals designed especially for kids.

 

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