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Butterfly fillet Sockeye Salmon by mnshortdraw Butterfly fillet Sockeye Salmon by mnshortdraw
This is one of our client's Sockeye Salmon he caught today, the first salmon of the year. I demonstrated the way I fillet them in one piece. Very little meat is left on the carcass but it is all boneless. Makes a great presentation for a family style meal. If the individual prefers smaller portions, I split it down the middle and cut each remaining piece into thirds or halves depending on the size of the fish. the yield on a salmon is approximately 65% of incoming weight when processed in this manner.
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SereneLotus Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
really nicely fillet. impressive. 
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this looks so damn delicious! Those colours! So fresh!
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Thank you.  I take pride in feeding my family and friends the best fish in the world!
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, Alaskan salmon IS the best!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
wow look at that colour!
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Shiny side out, and red side in.  Mmmmmm.  Am I bringing fillets to Minnesota in November?
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Hell yeah!  Why would you not?  When in Nov are you going to be here?
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I'll be back and forth between Stillwater and Duluth for the whole month.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Cool I will be in Canada the first week in Nov
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
You'll be in Canadia, Eh?  Hockey tournament?
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Holiday up at Thunderbay
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:iconmnshortdraw:
mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I heard there's an amethyst mine up there.  Never crossed the border there, I always spent a few weeks in August camping out of Grand Marais.
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PrinceThallas-02 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
wow I'm getting hungry :)
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:iconmnshortdraw:
mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I'm glad it had that effect on you!
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PrinceThallas-02 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I love salmon so much^^
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:iconmnshortdraw:
mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Me too, fortunately! I suppose you can only get Atlantic Salmon over in your area?
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PrinceThallas-02 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
yes most you get Atlantic Salmon here but we have too Salmons in our rivers^^
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Now THAT is a pretty fish.
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:iconmnshortdraw:
mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Shiny on the outside and meaty on the inside!
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautifully done. Very clean work.
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:iconmnshortdraw:
mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Why thank you! I thoroughly enjoy processing salmon.
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NadiavanderDonk Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wish I could go catch a fish like this. unfortunately salmon is not native here and terribly rare. :(
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samhainight Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
:drool: Yes, this looks delicious. Man.
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:iconmnshortdraw:
mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Can I offer you a bib?=D
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:iconsamhainight:
samhainight Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
And a fork.
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:iconmnshortdraw:
mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Just use your fingers! No time for forks.
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samhainight Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
You can hose me off when I'm done.
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NightsGem Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Similar to how I do my catfish, but your way is much neater! xD I usually try to feed the scraps to my cats and dog.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Catfish is one of the only fishes that I have little experience in filleting. I have literally processed tens of thousands of salmon in the past twenty years so I'm pretty eager to show off my skills!
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NightsGem Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I hope salmon aren't as bony as catfish. The only way I've ever seen salmon was on my dinner plate, in frozen plastic baggies, or filleted in the seafood section of the grocery store.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Most fish have the same bone structure but catfish and a few others are a little bit different, mainly thicker bones. I can do a salmon in about a minute if it's not too big.
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NightsGem Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've noticed. xD I've gotten a lot better at filleting catfish from figuring out where their bones are. It takes me a few minutes to do a catfish. They biggest channel cat we've caught in the canal behind my house was 24 inches if I remember. Most are around 18-22. I did catch a 17 inch bass in there though.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Nice! Gators, catfish, and bass right behind the house!
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NightsGem Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Don't forget turtles, sunnies and bluegills! They taste so good pan-fried. Unfortunately no one but me will eat a fish with all the bones still in. Don't see why. Just extra work! All I have to do is get some worms and I have dinner all set up.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Yum! Fried crispy with some tartar sauce and lemon. Any big snapping turtles?
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OinaWarrior-LoonaIto Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist
This looks so incredibly delicious *-*
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Mmmmmmmmm! I agree!
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Nakomii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Jealousy is an understatement. Look at how RED it is. Gah. The shit (I mean that seriously since its farm fish) we have is like. Grayish pink.....
I've seen a whole salmon once before in culinary school, they're pretty cute little nuggets and I'm glad they're actually a decent size (I.e big enough for me to eat the whole damn thing LOL) and such. Spent one day in class just pulling out bones. I was considering just taking half of it home. Mmmmmm.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Yes, wild salmon is loads better than farmed fish both in flavor and nutrition. These sockeye get their red color from feeding on krill their entire life, and farm fish eat prepared fish pellets. I don't think you'll be eating the whole thing though Mars unless you're really hungry! That is about 3 1/2 pounds of meat, lol! You learned to pull pin bones with a forceps? Tedious work! There's really no way to fillet them out without leaving an ugly piece of meat so I usually remove them after cooking when they slide right out.
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Nakomii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ugh that sounds so tasty. I'd pay you to ship some. LOL!!!
Yeah, I'm sure I'd eat the whole thing. c: I can eat an entire half, but its all i eat because I don't even care about the rice and veggies (shame on the cook) because I just LOVE It.
And yes, those damn bones. Its not hard, you just run your hand on it backwards and you can tell where they are. But I did this for like 15lbs of salmon. XD
I leave the skin on mine too. I put it face down In the oven on the skin so it basically acts like my tin foil and it slides right off with all that fat on it. c: mmmmm.
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whenwolveshowl Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This looks so good.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Thank you! I wanted to drop a piece in the frying pan when I was done but unfortunately, this fish is North Carolina bound.
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whenwolveshowl Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
One day I will be up to vist you and taste this amazingly tasty looking fish
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:iconmnshortdraw:
mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I'd love to cook for you:)
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:iconwhenwolveshowl:
whenwolveshowl Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
well than count me there.
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Sambhur Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That is beautiful.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Thank you for the compliment. This salmon is as good as it gets for freshness, proper handling, and processing. Everything is bled immediately, packed in ice, filleted and vacuum sealed in commercial packaging, and flash frozen at -30f. Once frozen, you can open the package a year later and it will have the same flavor and texture as the day after it was packed.
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CabinetCuriosities Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love fish. This looks so incredibly delicious, I waaaaaant! D:
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Well come over and I'll cook you a wonderful salmon and venison dinner! Grilled garlic pesto salmon and marinated venison, a spring green salad with homemade vinaigrette, steamed asparagus, and herbed rice. I'm making myself hungry again!
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CabinetCuriosities Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Man, you're torturing me right now. Can't wait to finish my work, I'm starving. D:
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