I learned a nice filleting tip many years ago while out on a party boat, where the mate, an accomplished cod cutter, showed me a technique I had never seen before. Have you ever noticed that the first fillet you take off a fish usually comes out better than the second one? This is because there is nothing left to support the spine after the first fillet is removed, and the fish will bend, as the head is still keeping the front of the fish elevated off the cutting board. To resolve this problem, try this trick. Begin filleting the fish as you normally would, cutting along the top fins from head to tail. Once you get down to the spine, stop, leaving the fillet attached to the frame. Now flip the fish over, and fillet the other side. When you go back to get the second fillet, your cut will already be started, and you’ll just need to finish it off. It will take you a little longer to cut the fish, but it will result in better fillets.
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