I've been craving fish for a week or two now, so yesterday I finally I decided to make it happen. I do live in the beautiful coastal city of Charleston, SC, after all, where there's certainly an abundance of fresh, local seafood readily available at all times. So, I headed to Crosby's Seafood, my favorite little fish purveyor, to see what they had.
This is what I ended up with! A whole, 2 lb., locally caught red snapper. Kind of ambitious of me, but I decided that it was high time I attempt to break down a fish myself. I get it theoretically, but practically I've never done it.
Next, I cut off the spiny fin on his back, just because I knew I would probably hurt myself if I left it on. Because I am ridiculously clumsy.
The next step is to run your knife along the belly. You want to try to keep the bones under your knife, with the nice meaty fillet on top.
I covered all that with water, brought it to a boil, and then turned it down to a simmer.
I let that go for about 20 minutes, strained it a few times, and voila!
Okayyy so back to the snapper fillets.