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How to Split or Butterfly a Fish

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Cut out the Bottom Fins
Cut out the bottom fins

Cut out the bottom fins

Holly A. Heyser

Start by slicing along the fish's backbone toward the tail. You will soon meet a row of bottom fins. Remove these by guiding the knife along one side of the fin bones, which extend into the fillet about a half-inch or so.

Once you reach the end of the row of fin bones, repeat the process on the other side of the fin bones.

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