How to Clean Freshly Caught Salmon

When you catch a fresh salmon here are some basics steps you can take to clean it. Follow these instructions and then proceed to fillet the salmon, if necessary.

Steps

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    Take the salmon, and if you are right handed face the tail to the left.
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    With your left hand, grab the collar bone and with your right hand, slice the cartilage from the chin to the collar.
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    Grab the gills with your left hand and follow the edge of the gill with your knife.
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    Rip the gill out.
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    Make an incision at the urethra and holding your knife at a 45 degree angle to the cutting surface slice the fish to an inch and a half from the collar.
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    Grab the "guts" with your left hand and carefully slice two semi-circles to the left and the right of the "guts" inside the collar.
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    Pull out the guts.
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    Slice the kidney line and scrape out the kidneys.
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    Wash out the fish with water.
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    Start filleting the salmon.
    • Holding the fish by the tail towards you, slice away from yourself towards the collar, carefully tracing the rib-cage and spine.
    • Flip the fish over and repeat on the other side.
    • Either skin the fish now, or leave it for after cooking/freezing. For removing the skin, simply slice the meat into two fillets with the skin on one half and dispose.

Tips

  • Don't mistake the kidney with the blood-line.
  • Always perform on a fresh fish.
  • Keep your knives sharp and clean.

Warnings

  • Don't cut yourself.
  • Make sure to only perform this particular set of instructions on a salmon, other fish (rockfish) can have poisonous barbs that can become infected.

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