8 Steps to Clean Catfish

| 11/30/2012 10:35:49 AM

Texas Pioneer WomanIn my opinion fishing is a beneficial self-reliant skill that all people must have. There is a lot of pride that comes from standing on a river bank or sitting out in a boat on the lake fishing for my supper. I try to catch enough fish for my supper and a bit extra to put in the freezer for another day.

Catfish that needs to be cleaned
Catfish that needs to be cleaned. 

Once we have caught the fish we head home to clean them for supper. Preparing caught fish can sometimes be a little intimidating because you have to do a quite a bit to get the live fish from the fishing hook to the skillet. To be honest my husband prepares the fish for me and then it is my job to cook them for supper. But as a self-reliant woman I need to learn how to do it myself, so I took lessons from my husband one evening after an afternoon of fishing.

I grew up hearing the saying, “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” I can’t imagine how that saying came about; it seems diabolical to skin a cat.  But the meaning of that saying is what is important here. That saying means that there is more than one way to do something. With that in mind, I’m going to explain how my husband taught me to clean fish.

A Few Basic Tips  

  1. Always cut away from you. If the knife slips, then it is less likely to cut you.
  2. Be aware of the sharp fins and bones when cleaning fish. They can cause puncture wounds.
  3. Use a sharp knife. The less you have to struggle with a knife, the less likely the chance of an accident.

The Eight Steps to Clean a Catfish 

4/24/2019 7:26:39 AM

If you clean the fish this way you leave the fat that is under the skin. This fat will leave a taste when you cook it. To remove this fat fillet and cut the skin off like you would a fish with scales.

12/2/2012 3:21:57 PM

Pioneer Woman, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. My fishing skills started with my Grandfather. He was the first one to take me fishing. It flamed a desire that still burns today. I still remember that first fish I reeled in when I was only five. It was a catfish. Over the course of the years since then, hundreds of catfish have succumbed to my frying pan. My fishing was mostly in Minnesota. Part of the complete fishing experience was cleaning the fish after the great catch. We would sometimes have up to 100 catfish to clean. None would go to waste. Cleaning fish and telling fish stories always held my interest. The one thing I learned quickly was not to get stuck by the catfish horns. I liken it unto a bee sting. My method of holding became from the front with my left hand. The top horn was between my thumb and index finger. The right side horn went under the thumb and the left side horn went between the index and middle finger. Then a firm grip made skinning the fish easier and no getting stuck with the horns. Other kinds of fish get flayed. One problem I have with eating fish in Nebraska is the run off chemicals from all farm land. It's still fun to catch them but I just catch and release in Nebraska. Have a great fish fry day.

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