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How To Pin Bone a Fillet of Salmon

Pinboning a fillet of salmon with a pair of salmon tweezersWhen you buy salmon fillets, the fishmonger has done the skilled work in cleaning and filleting the fish. However, there very likely will be some bones remaining. These are usually referred to as the pin bones. They are not difficult to remove and you should do this to save yourself and your guests from having to pick fish bones out of your meal.

Pin bones are usually described as those “fine bones remaining after filleting” but, as you can see from the photo, salmon pin bones are anything but fine. They are whoppers!

As always, the task is easier if you have the right tool for the job. If necessary you can use your fingers or an ordinary pair of tweezers, but the best tool for the job is a pair of salmon tweezers. This is a relatively expensive little piece of kit but it’s well worth it in my opinion. I’ve had mine for almost 10 years and even though I use them frequently, they’re still as good as the day I bought them. Think of them as a long-term investment. These little beauties take all the hard work out of the task and make the chore almost a pleasure.

Place the fish fillet, skin side down, on a suitable chopping board. I like to use colour-coded boards at home – blue for raw fish. Gently run your fingers over the fish. You will quickly identify where the line of pin bones lies. Next, take the tweezers and pluck out the bones. Easy!



As I said above, Nisbets sell exactly the same salmon tweezers as mine – just click on the banner below:

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Nisbets only deliver within the UK. If you live outside the UK, or want to shop around first, why not have a look at Not Delia’s Amazon Cook Shops instead?
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4 Responses to “How To Pin Bone a Fillet of Salmon”

  1. Man in Greasy Shirt

    I guess those stainless surgical tools are a bit more suitable than my rusty round-nosed pliers with spots of engine oil on them…

  2. Not Delia

    These are THE specific tools for the job. They are fantastic.

    Mind you, they do have other uses. They came in very handy when someone needed help to remove a belly-button stud.

  3. old wrinklie

    Hi to all, I fancy getting some of these tweezers. The bones are to big for eyebrows. Do they last for years?

  4. Not Delia

    Oops, sorry I missed your comment earlier. Yes, these salmon tweezers last for years! The ones I’m using the photo must be at least 10 years old by now and they’re still as good as the day I bought them.

    It might seem like quite a big investment at the time, but when you think of all the years of having the right tool for the job and all the hassle saved, they were worth every penny!

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