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How to Prep King Salmon Tails

    What you’ll need

    Fish tweezers, small pliers, or fingersFish tweezers, small pliers, or fingers


    Standard salmon fillets are removed from the spine bilaterally with only the pin bones remaining. These king salmon tails are split lengthwise through the spine. They contain the vertebrae and occasional spine bones which keep the fish especially moist during cooking. These bones are easily removed after cooking salmon to medium doneness.

    Grill king salmon tails on cedar planks or directly on the grill grates, roast or broil in the oven, or pan-fry in a skillet until the internal temperature reaches 125°F on an instant-read thermometer. Let sit for 5 to 7 minutes or until cool enough to handle, then using pliers or your fingers, carefully remove the bone starting from the tail end. It will be released in one continuous piece.