How to Fillet a Rainbow Trout

Before a rainbow trout or any other fish can be cooked for eating, one has to fillet the fish. Filleting a rainbow trout is identical to filleting any other fish type. You will need to use a special technique to open the stomach, remove the bones and intestine, and take care of the head and tail while filleting a rainbow trout. The aforesaid task is fairly easy and does not take too long if approached in the correct manner.

Things Required:

– Water
– Sharp fillet knife


  • 1

    Thoroughly wash the rainbow trout you want to fillet under water running from a tap. It would be easier to fillet a rainbow trout that is clean from the outside.

  • 2

    Filleting a fish requires a fillet knife. It is possible that you might not have such a knife at home. In such a situation, there is no need to rush to a store because you can use any sharp knife as an alternative to a fillet knife.

  • 3

    Carefully observe the rainbow trout. You will see a hole near the tail of the fish, located at the stomach. Start to cut at that hole and move all the way up to the gills of the rainbow trout.

  • 4

    The intestines of the fish would be revealed once its stomach is completely open. Remove the intestines as well as the bones. You might have to use your hands in order to take the bones out. No matter what medium you use, just make sure that all the intestines and bones are removed.

  • 5

    Cut away the trout’s head because that cannot be eaten. Look for the gills of trout and start to cut at a point very close to the head and continue to cut until the head has been removed.

  • 6

    You will now need to remove the trout’s tail. Cut the tail approximately 1 inch above the point where is starts.

  • 7

    Just to be sure that there are no bones or intestines left, check once again and remove any bones or intestines, if found.

  • 8

    In order to peel away the trout’s skin, start at the point where you had cut the tail and move all the way to the front where the trout’s head was cut. Accomplish this step nice and easy because the skin you fail to peel would have to be picked and that can be a hectic task.

  • 9

    You are done filleting the rainbow trout. You can either cook the fish or freeze it in your refrigerator for later use.

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