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Whole Red Snapper -- to scale or not?

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Whole Red Snapper -- to scale or not?

nemo | Jul 4, 2009 02:13 PM

I have a whole red snapper that I should cook today. I forgot to ask the fishmonger to scale it. I hate scaling fish -- the scales just fly everywhere. Can I skip the scaling and bake it? Will the skin peel off fairly cleanly? Can I use the head and frame for stock afterwards? Or should I filet it and use raw head and frame for stock? Thank you!

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