How To Fillet Flounder (To Maximize The Size Of The Fillets)

09/27/2021

Want to learn how to fillet flounder and maximize the amount of meat you get? This video will show you step-by-step how to clean a flounder, plus how to…

What’s your favorite inshore fish to eat?

Mine is flounder.

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They’re delicious, but since they’re thin and shaped differently than other fish, many people struggle with cleaning them.

In this video, I’m going to show you how to fillet flounder to maximize the meat you get from them, as well as a little trick to make sure the meat is as fresh as possible.

Check it out below.

How To Fillet Flounder [VIDEO]

How To Fillet Flounder (To Maximize The Size Of The Fillets)

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If you clean a flounder like any other fish, you’ll be missing out on a lot of meat.

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But if you fillet them the way I’m about to show you, you’ll get the most meat out of them as possible.

The key here is to cut two fillets on each side.

By sliding the knife along the rib bones both above and below the backbone, you’ll maximize the meat you get from it.

Here’s how to do it step by step:

Step 1: Cut around the gills towards the top of the head.

Step 2: Cut down the center of the fish over the backbone.

You’ll start where you made the first cut around the gills and end at the tail.

There should be a faint line on the fish that you can follow.

Note: on the white side of the flounder, the center line will be more pronounced.

Step 3: Cut the top fillet off by starting at the center line and sliding the knife along the ribs.

Step 4: Skin the fillet.

The key to skinning fish fillets without losing meat is to keep the knife handle off of the edge of the table so the blade can slide parallel to the table right above the skin.

Step 5: Put the fillet in saltwater with ice.

This will keep it as fresh as possible while you’re filleting the rest of the fish and getting ready to cook it.

Step 6: Repeat with the rest of the sides.

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Conclusion

How To Fillet Flounder (To Maximize The Size Of The Fillets)

If you want to get the most out of your flounder, make sure to cut it into four fillets, as opposed to two like you would with most other species.

To keep the meat fresh, soak it in ice-cold saltwater until you cook it.

Have any questions about filleting flounder?

Or do you have another method that you prefer?

Let me know down in the comments!

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