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How to Clean a Whole Fish: Mackerel + Video

How to Clean a Whole Mackerel - CookingWithKimberly.comIf you’ve never cleaned a whole fish before, it may be gross to look at, but is pretty easy to accomplish.

If you’re squeamish, just buy your fish already fileted…no one will think any less of you.

These particular mackerel came from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada.

* The video below may not be appropriate for all people. If you are not comfortable with blood and guts, look away or check out another one of my recipes! LOL

The instructions are listed below the video for directions. Please enjoy the video below.


  • whole mackerel fish
  • 1/2 lemon
  • water


  1. Rinse fish under cold water.
  2. Using a very sharp fileting knife, make an incision in the underside of the belly of the fish from the gill base through to close to the tail.
  3. Spread fish open and remove all innards that does not resemble the meat in the filet. Use a spoon to scrape out anything you cannot seem to grab with your fingers. * Be sure to remove the kidney/blood line near the spine closer starting closer to the head. Simply use your filet knife to scrape it away from the spine.
  4. Rinse fish under cold water to clean off.
  5. If desired, in a baking dish filled with water, squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon and add shell/peel of lemon into the dish and soak fish before cooking, if you did not catch it fresh.
  6. Clean the entire preparation area with disinfectant or hot water with soap.
  7. Cook fish as desired.

Tonight, I am grilling these mackerel on the BBQ.  Be sure to check out that recipe & show in the December edition of Tonka Live Magazine on “Cooking Adventures with Kimberly“.

Be sure to check out my How to Cook Fish category too!


I hope you enjoyed this How to Cook Video on Cooking with Kimberly. Until next time…

Eat Deliciously!

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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