This Just Maika Cooking: Cook’s Notebook section will focus on everything related to prepping fish connected to all my recipe posts, updated frequently.
How to Remove the Salmon Skin?
Fotouzy Color Coded Flexible Plastic Cutting Board Mats have colors for every type of food, such as raw fish (blue), chicken (yellow), and meat (red).
Thawed fish usually have a lot of excess moisture.
Use a paper towel to dry the fillets to prevent slipping when cutting.
Turn the fish so that it is horizontal to you.
Place the blade right between the skin and flesh with your hand gently placed on top to prevent the fish from moving.
Gently go with the flow of the skin to cut the skin off.
Drying the fish also helps the oil and seasoning to adhere to the flesh.
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Prepping Made Easy
As of March 2023, I’m excited to have started using my color-coded Plastic Cutting Board (the last product listed), which is highly rated on Amazon. It has its stand handle to grip with non-slip padding on both sides!
This is great! Especially if you are prepping fruit or chopping garlic, you just flip the board over. The stand helps keep them separated when drying. They are also the perfect size. I easily store them on my busy countertop.
Check out Pepper Fish Yam Stew, hearty and spicy!
Video Overview: How to Sear Skinned Fish
Branzino Fillets are usually small. Serve two fillets per person.
Pinch the fish to create an arch to slit the fish with a sharp knife.
Beware: Watch the tip of your fingers, keeping them safe from the sharp blade.
Depending on the size of the fish, two to three slits are enough.
Why Create Slits on the Skin of the Fish?
This prevents the fish from curling when cooking and helps with cooking faster.