It is possible to prepare and cook fish without any special equipment, but there are a few items that make the process much easier.
If your kitchen is like mine, you have your draw with all your kitchen tools, a lot of them, at the point that when you are looking for something, you do not even know if you have it. That last statement happened a lot to my husband, he always call me to find thing in the draw when he is going to cook something, he cooks more than me, but I am who buy every single thing for the kitchen, so I know what we have in the kitchen.
Last time we bought some fish, I checked my draw and I found that I did not have the right tools to prepare the fish, we do not eat fish very often at home and when we buy it , we usually buy it clean. This was not the case. It took me a while to clean that fish and prepare it with the improvised tools.
Here the 10 tools that every kitchen should have to prepare fish and shellfish:
Chef's Knife: A large knife with 20 - 25 cm (8 - 10 in) blade is essential for cutting fish steak and splitting open crustaceans (crayfish and lobster)
Filleting Knife: For filleting and skinning fish, you will needed a sharp knife with a flexible blade, at least 15 cm (6-in) long. The filleting knife can be used for opening some kinds of shellfish. It is essential to keep this knife very sharp.
Oyster Knife: This short, stubby knife has a wide , two-edge blade to help price open the shells of oysters and other bivalves. Make sure it has a safety guard above the handler to protect your hands.
Kitchen Scissors: A sturdy, sharp pair of scissors that have a serrated edge for cutting fins and trimming tails.
Fish Scaler: This item is very important, the fish scaler resembled a small, rough grater.
Oval Frying Pan
Oval frying Pan: The concept of the oval frying pan is so simple but intensely practical. This large pan enable you to cook whole fish flat instead of bending them to fit a round pan and spoiling the shape.
Grilled Pan: A ribbed cast-iron grilled pan is ideal for searing fish. There are in different shapes, round, oval or rectangular.
Barbecue Grilling Rack
Barbecue Grilling Rack: A hinged rack in the shape of a fish makes cooking and turning a single large fish relatively easy.You can find racks that can hold 6 to 12 small fish.
Smoker: The cheapest home-smoker is a lidded metal box with a rack to hold the fish. Smoke produced by placing dampened aromatic wood chippings or herbs on coals gives extra flavour. Stovetop models can be used indoors.
Fish Kettle: This pan is long and deep with rounded edges, it is very useful when you want to cook a whole fish, such as salmon or sea trout, it can be used for steaming other food. The fish kettle has a handler at either end, and a tightly-fitting lid. Inside is a perforated rack or grid on which to lay the fish. This, too, has handles, and enable the cook to lift out the fish without braking it.