Let’s take a look at the essential cutlery needed to cut, gut, fillet and shuck fresh or cooked seafood in your restaurant or market.
Oyster, Clam and Scallop Knives
Oyster knives, clam knives and scallop knives are specifically made for the task of opening hard shells. The difference between oyster and clam knives can be found in the tip. Scallop knives are typically the shortest of the three.
This knife has a pointed tip, made to spear into the side of an oyster’s hinge. These knives are found in lengths of two to five inches long.Shop Oyster Knives
This knife has a sharp rounded tip and caps out around two inches long.
We Recommend: The Dexter-Russell 2″ Scallop Knife-Sani-Safe® Series
Fillet knives have long, skinny and pliable blades that are designed to remove tiny bones from fish. Many seafood kitchens have fillet knives of varying lengths as it is best to try and match the length of the knife with the length of the fish.
We Recommend: Dexter-Russell 8″ Narrow Fillet Knife – Basics® SeriesShop Fillet Knives
Cut & Gut Knives
Cut and gut knives are the utilitarian tools for those who work with fresh fish on a daily basis.
We Recommend: The Dexter-Russell 5″ Cut and Gut Knife-Basics® SeriesShop Cut & Gut Knives
Fish splitters and forged salmon slicers are ideal for chefs who need to slice into salmon or other large fish.
These knives have sharp, pointed tips for piercing thick skin and elongated blades to sweep the meat away from bones in smooth long slices.
We Recommend: The Dexter-Russell 12″ Fish Splitter-Sani-Safe® Series
These knives are much like the fillet knife, but are constructed purposefully for working with larger fish.
We Recommend: The Wusthoff 12″ Forged Salmon Slicer
Lobster splitters are perfect for breaking through the tough exoskeleton of a crustacean’s shell.
We Recommend: The Victorinox 13″ Lobster/Fish Splitter
To safely handle seafood through tasks such as gutting and filleting or shucking and cracking, a chef needs the right tools. Keep yourself and your employees safe and productive with the right seafood knife for the job.