Scaling Fish

It's not uncommon to find fish at the market that need to be scaled. You can ask the market to do it for you or you can do it yourself. If you're catching you own, of course you'll have to do it yourself, but if you are catching your own, chances are you don't need to read about how to scale a fish. 

Scaling is not difficult, it's just messy. We suggest scaling fish inside a plastic bag, either in the sink or outside your home. 


  1. Wrap a clean , dry towel around your guide hand and hold the fish by the tail.
  2. Beginning at the tail and working toward the head, scrape the spine of the knife down the side of the fish, detaching the scales. 
  3. When one side is scaled, flip the fish and scale the other side. 
  4. Rinse the fish under cold running water, then rub a paper towel over both sides to remove any loose scales adhering to the fish. 

Recommended knives for this process: 

  • Filleting Knife
  • Chefs Knife (but preferably the above) 


Simon Booth