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Table manners for eating a whole fish. Trout is often presented whole.

  • When the head of the trout is not detached in the kitchen, remove it behind the gills.
  • To fillet and debone the body, hold the trout with a fork and slit from the head to the tail with a knife, then open the fish and lay it flat on the plate.
  • To remove the skeleton from the body, place the tip of the knife under the backbone, lift with the fork, and place it on the side of the plate.

Table manners for handling bones. If you inadvertently ingest any fish bones, remove them with your fingers and place them on the side of the plate.

Table manners for eating filleted fish. Filleted fish is simply eaten with a knife and fork.

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