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My mom bought these beautiful fish from H-Mart in Dallas and gifted them to me. These are fresh corvina fish, which my Korean mom tells me are called "jogi."
Koreans absolutely love yellow corvina, called "gulbi," which have been salted and preserved. Gulbi have already been cleaned and are ready to cook. However if you have "jogi" which you need to clean and gut prior to preparing, then follow these simple steps to get your corvina ready to cook and enjoy!
Easy Steps To Clean Corvina (Yellow Croaker)
It's super easy to clean your corvina fish! Here's the step by step tutorial to clean your fish.
Kitchen Tools Needed To Clean Corvina
First, get your kitchen scissors and a sharp knife ready for use. These two kitchen tools are essential for cleaning your corvina.
Use A Knife To Scrape Off Scales
My corvina didn't have any noticeable scales that I needed to remove. If you have scales on your fish that you want to remove, they are easily scraped away by using a small knife.
Remove All Fins and Spines Using Kitchen Scissors
The corvina you see pictured above have the following fins:
- Dorsal fins (on the back)
- Pectoral fins (on the sides, just behind the head)
- Caudal fins (on the tail)
- Pelvic fins (on the underside, below the pectoral fins)
- Anal fins (on the underside, next to the caudal fins)
Remove all of these fins using a good sturdy pair of kitchen scissors. Please use caution as some of these fins and/or spines are sharp!
You'll want to cut as close to the body of the fish as you can.
Ok, now we'll clean out the insides!
Use A Knife To Cut The Underside Of The Fish So You Can Remove The Innards
Now it's time to clean out the insides of the fish for which you will need your sharp knife. Stand the fish on its back, and use your knife to cut the fish open from just under the head to the tail. Start the cut from just under the mouth where the openings are, as pictured below.
You'll want to make a shallow cut so you can just open the fish up to clean out the insides.
Once open, you can see the guts and intestines that you will need to remove. Remove these as best you can, along with any internal membranes, leaving the delicate flesh that you will cook.
One Last Cut!
Ok here I am going to show some extreme ignorance I apologize! There is a very hard portion on the underside of the fish that is not easy to cut with a knife. At this time I do not know the name of this part of the anatomy of this fish. This part is located just under the mouth of the fish and is only around 1.5 inches long.
My recommendation is to use scissors to cut through this hard portion, as pictured above.
Give Your Fish A Good Rinse
You've arrived at the last step of cleaning your fish. Give it a good rinse with some water, making sure to rinse both the insides and the skin.
And that is it!
Time To Prepare Your Corvina Fish!
Your beautiful corvina fish are now ready to cook and enjoy! I recommend baking or pan frying these delicious fish!
Corvina is a delicious fish that is safe to eat! Great methods for cooking this fish include pan frying, baking, and steaming.
Corvina is a general name for a large range of fish which are either drum fish, or croaker fish (source: Chef-Resources.com). Therefore not all corvina are croakers, but all croakers are corvina.
Croaker is a mild and delicate, almost sweet tasting fish with a firm flesh.
Here Are Some Fish Recipes You May Enjoy!
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- Easy Pan Fried Yellow Corvina Recipe
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