Cleaning and Storing Fish, & What to Do with Frozen Fillets

As most people who’ve been to Alaska know, our state has prime fishing. And more than just that, fishing is a form of sustenance for us. Alaska’s access to food and resources isn’t, and can’t be, taken for granted. The remoteness of our state means that we rely on our natural resources to help get us through the year – natural resources like fishing, for instance. If you take your Anchorage SUV rentals out fishing, you’ll quickly discover how popular this sport is for us. And that’s because of more than just enjoyment!

So what do you do with all that fish once you’ve brought it back home in your Anchorage SUV rentals? Like we said – it’s not just a sport to us! Of course, freezers are one of our most helpful tools. This ensures we have nice local fish to eat throughout the winter – if you know what to do with it!

Here’s a short guide with tips for cleaning your fish and what to do with it once you have.

Cleaning your fish

The first thing you need to do before you freeze is clean your fish. This must be done properly to avoid any unwelcome scales, bones, or bacteria.

Careful holding the fish. Fins can be sharp and can cut you. Holding by the head can also be a risk if the fish you’ve caught and are cleaning has sharp teeth. Choose your holding spot carefully!

First, with your fish on the table and only a shallow cut with your knife, slice from near the anus of the fish up to the head. Shallow is the key word here – you don’t want to damage the intestines. Once you’ve done this, open the fish up and remove in the innards. Look for its kidney by its backbone. Only some fish have this, but you’ll need to remove it with a spoon if you see it. To remove the anus, simply cut a V-shaped notch around it.

Next, thoroughly rinse out the cavity before washing the skin. As with the kidney, certain fish also have a dark abdominal lining. If you want to avoid an oily flavor, remove this dark tissue.

How you go from here is up to you! Often trout are cooked with their head on, but if you prefer, this is when you’d remove the head of your fish. Other than that, it’s clean and ready to go! You can freeze your fish like this or fillet it.

Finally, don’t forget to thoroughly clean your work surface as soon as you’re finished cleaning the fish. All guts, scales, and heads should be discarded appropriately and the surface sanitized.

Filleting a fish

If you take your Anchorage SUV rentals out fishing regularly, you know there’s nothing better than eating a salmon fillet that you caught that day. You’ll need a pair of scissors and a filleting knife.

First, use your scissors to cut off all the fins around the fish, including around the head. Then, use your knife to slice the stomach open from tail to head. There’s a small hole near the tail that can be used to guide you. Clean out the stomach and rinse with cold water.

Next, if you haven’t already, remove the head by cutting around just beneath its gills. From here, slice your knife in a smooth action towards the tail using the spine as a guide. Avoid sawing actions as this creates a less even cut.

Once you reach the rib bones, gently follow the line of them with your knife to remove the fillet. Now you have a fillet of fish! Freeze, or grill skin side down for a delicious meal.

Using frozen fish

Frozen fish can be used in all the same ways fresh fish can. The only thing you need to keep in mind is defrosting before cooking. However, if done properly, fish may also be cooked straight from frozen.

Before freezing, though, why not try other methods of storage? Canning, for instance, can be a beautiful way to enjoy salmon. Curing is another way to make your fish last longer.

What are your favorite frozen fish recipes? Feel free to share on our Facebook page or Twitter to help out other members of the Anchorage SUV rentals community with their fish haul.

Reserve your Anchorage SUV rentals today to begin your fishing adventure.