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Boning a sea bass fillet

Jeffo405 Mar 11, 2010 02:25 PM

I'm quite used to boning salmon fillets. I have a pair of needle-nose pliers that I use exclusively for this task. But a recent bout with a sea bass fillet had me stymied - the bones were much larger and more firmly embedded than salmon bones.

Which brings me to my question - what is the best way to bone a sea bass fillet?

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  1. scubadoo97 RE: Jeffo405 Mar 11, 2010 02:33 PM

    Jeffo, I've resorted to cutting out some large bones from grouper that would not pull out even with hemostats well attached. It was either rip a big hole from trying to pull it out or disecting it out more cleanly with a knife.

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      EricMM RE: scubadoo97 Mar 12, 2010 01:55 PM

      If the bones are large, why not just pull them out after its cooked? Won't take any more time, and it won't wreck the appearance.

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        scubadoo97 RE: EricMM Mar 12, 2010 02:34 PM

        Bones don't bother me but they do bother my dinning companion, so for that reason I remove them.

    2. todao RE: Jeffo405 Mar 12, 2010 06:24 PM

      The best way to bone a sea bass fillet is to fillet the fish during the cleaning process and not leave any bones in it.
      A picture is worth a thousand words:


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        scubadoo97 RE: todao Mar 13, 2010 04:32 AM

        but that's a fresh water bass.

        this video is better.


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          todao RE: scubadoo97 Mar 13, 2010 08:43 AM

          Thanks for sharing that.

      2. Veggo RE: Jeffo405 Mar 13, 2010 05:36 AM

        Sometimes I get a grip with the needlenose pliers on the pin bones or the small ones near the gills and then slide a fork in between and press the fork down as I pull on the pliers. It keeps from tearing a lot of flesh. Like scubadoo97, I prefer to get them before cooking because my veracruz sauce or pibil ingredients will hide them too well.

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