My cooking skills are improving daily but there are tons of things I still don’t know how to do yet. The other day I bought a whole salmon filet, and it needed to be descaled… This has never occurred to me before in the US because the fish sellers in Chinatown will usually descale it for you, but here they do not do that.
Thankfully we have the internet! I searched on Youtube and found a great video (featured below), and it was actually a lot of fun to do it (messy but fun).
Here are some things/tips I’ve learnt from descaling a fish for next time:
- Use a large spoon or a long knife, I prefer the spoon because I found the curvature to be helpful in “scooping” the scales
- Scrape the spoon against the grain of the scales
- Wear an apron and clear your work space, the scales will fly everywhere