How to Fillet the cheek of a Flathead

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 This is a very simple technique from Alan Griggs (Ayr, Nth QLD) that removes the cheek of the Flathead to eat.

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No 1
Lay your Flathead on its back and with a sharp knife follow the cheek socket.

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No 2
Cut all the way to the edge of the mouth

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No 3

Go back to the start and follow the bottom of the the cheek

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No 4
and separate it from the skin

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No 5
The cheek fillet and the empty socket.

Repeat the other side and have two cheeks to enjoy.

And there you have it, a beautiful piece of fish that is usually thrown away. Just toss in some breadcrumbs and enjoy!

Words and Photos by Graham Cumming

Copyright 2011