Fish fillet

Fillet, fish

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Discover what is meant by the term 'filleting' when it comes to fish, plus how to carry out the technique when preparing a whole fish.

Boneless or nearly boneless piece of fish cut lengthways from the sides of the fish – and also a verb ‘to fillet’. May or may not be skinned.

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To fillet a fish remove the head and, using a thin, flexible knife, work firmly from the tail, holding the knife parallel to the backbone. Remove the fillet, then turn the fish over and repeat the process.

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Read more about responsible fishing at Marine Stewardship Council.