It is essential to clean trout before cooking it. Knowing how to do this properly is very useful, especially if you are on a camping trip or fly fishing trips where you can eat what you catch. Cleaning a trout can be easy once you get the hang of it. The only thing you need is a knife to be able to clean the trout and get it ready for cooking.
Here are the steps on how you can properly clean a trout:
- Preparation. If you just caught your trout from lake fishing, the first step is to make sure that the fish is big enough for you to eat. The next thing to do is to remove the scales of the trout. You can hold the trout firmly with your hand or you can also use a board to hold the trout steady. Hold the fish firmly and use a knife to remove the scales. To do this, you must start at the tail first and scrape towards the gills. Do this until you have removed all the scales on the first side. Do the scaling on the second side as well. Make sure that there are no more scales left.
- Gutting the trout. After making sure that there are no more scales, the next thing you have to do is to gut the trout. Make sure that your knife is sharp so that you will not tear the flesh of the fish. What you have to do is to hold the trout firmly with the belly facing you. Cut the trout from the bottom or the anal opening up to the gills. The next step is taking out the guts. In doing this, be careful not to puncture the guts so that they will not spoil the flesh of the trout. Insert two to three fingers inside the trout and carefully pull the guts out. Once the entrails are out, you are left with the flesh of the fish. Clean out the blood.
- Head and skin. These steps are based on your preference. If you do not want to skin or behead your trout, you can already cook the trout once the entrails have been removed. If you want to behead the trout, all you have to do is get a sharp knife and detach the head from the body by slicing. Skinning the trout is easier if it is fresh. Look for the edge of the skin near the head of the trout. Pull the skin making sure that you do not tear it. Pull the skin until you have stripped off everything. You are now ready to cook your fish.
These are the easy steps on how you can properly clean a trout. Cleaning is basically the same for almost any type of fish, such as the halibut or the tarpon. You just have to make sure that you get rid of all the entrails and clean the fish under running water afterwards to get rid of the blood trails and scales that may be stuck on the fish.