Burbot Breaking Down
This is an excellent winter fish with which you can make the best fish stock. The meat is delicious and full of flavor. It has more of a bite and is great for making fish kebabs! The filets can be pan-roasted, grilled to medium rare, or added to a fish soup. The liver is as good as monkfish liver, and can be pan-fried or made into a fish liver mousse or pâté.
Burbot fish is also known as bubbot, mariah, loche, cusk, freshwater cod, freshwater ling, freshwater cusk, the lawyer, coney-fish, lingcod, and eelpout.
Don't be put off by the look of it! By following these steps, you'll get excellent boneless filets.
Rinse 1 whole burbot and dry it with a cloth
Make an incision all around the base of the neck of the fish. Release the skin with your fingers
Hold the head of the burbot and use a cloth to start ripping the skin off towards the tail
Flip it on its back while removing the skin from the belly
Remove the liver with a pair of scissors. Make sure to keep the board and the burbot dry so the fish does not slip
Remove the other organs with the scissors
Dry the burbot and the board as much as possible with a cloth. Clean off any impurities along the inner cavity
Place the burbot belly-side up on the board. Separate the head from the spine using scissors. Snap the neck back to split the bone and help the process
Remove the belly flaps with scissors
Remove the fins of the burbot with scissors. Use your knife to remove the line of the fin, following the markings on the fish
Cut the tail end
Turn the burbot over and cut off the top edge along the spine, using a pair of scissors to remove all the small bones
Turn the fish over again. Cut it in half, roughly where the stomach cavity ends
Starting at the head of the fish, cut along both sides of the spine, as closely as possible, to separate the flesh from the bones
Curve the knife as close to the chest bone as possible and, making small cuts, remove the back fillets
Place the tail flat on the board and cut off the fillets by making parallel cuts to the board along the bone on both sides
The burbot is clean and ready to be used. Enjoy!
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