Ordering From Your Local Fishmonger?
Hello - I am new to cooking whole fish, and just learning my way around the local fishmonger shop. I had purchased pre-cleaned whole trout from the local grocery last fall, and had wonderful success with grilling it my first time at whole fish. Since I've tried two more times with what I believe to be fresher fish from my local fishmonger, but both times I was disappointed with the results. Both times I've asked the fishmonger to clean the fish, but it is becoming apparent to me I am not asking for the correct type of cleaning. Both times I've gotten home, and the fish was indeed scaled and gutted, but still had full bones/vertebra. I'm a relatively experienced cook and comfortable with a knife (though not so much with fish, and attempted to debone the fish myself...disaster.
My question is, how do I ask my fishmonger to clean my fish including deboning while leaving the skin and tail (and possibly head?) on? My fishmonger is a very busy and noisy place, and I don't want to hold the mad rush up...please help!
Just tell them you want your fish cleaned and deboned.
Cooking the fish with the bone-in adds some extra flavor to the fish. Most fish after being cooked are really easy to debone before you serve them.
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