Advantages of Using Electric Fillet Knives over Ordinary Knives

When you take up filleting, it is the easiest thing to go the market and purchase the first fillet knife you come across. However, if you put some thought into it, a good fillet knife would make a lot of difference in your filleting. If you want those neat fillets, it is better to invest a little more and opt for an electric fillet knife instead.

Ways in Which an Electric Knife is Better

  • Filleting takes patience and time, two things that we can’t afford most of the time. So if you want to make your job quicker and move on to the actual cooking, an electric knife should be better for you. It requires minimum effort from your end. At the same time, it hastens up the job.
  • If you are a professional, you will need to do a lot more than fry a few fillets. There are more people to feed and more dishes to make. An electric knife will go through a lot more fishes in the same time that you will require to manually fillet a fish.
  • Further, for smaller fishes, a regular knife might suffice. But for the larger varieties, an electric knife is the way to go. So if you like to have salmon or tuna often, I would suggest that you invest in one.
  • It is difficult to put in the correct amount of pressure so that you don’t ruin the fillets. An electric knife does not require you to expend that energy, making your job easier. The primary difference between an electric and a regular knife is that the handle of an electric one rotates back and forth. It requires minimum wrist movement from your end and yet the cuts turn out to be neat.
    An electric knife is sharper than a regular one. While that might seem dangerous, it does make your fillets neater. The first condition for choosing a fillet knife is that it has to be sharp. You do not want uneven texture after you cook the fillets. It loses a portion of its aesthetic appeal and for a professional cook that just won’t do.
  • While the cord in an electric knife might be a deterrent, you can simply go for a cordless one. They are usually, a bit more expensive but worth the price. You just need to remember to charge the battery regularly. This is the better choice if you don’t have easy access to electricity either.
  • If you are new to filleting, it is natural to opt for the cheaper option. In this case, it would be a simple fillet knife. However precise filleting requires skill that needs years to be mastered. But we certainly don’t want our inexperience to show either. With an electric knife, you will still need to practice and develop your technique. And you will still require someone who is an expert to show you. However, it takes less time to achieve perfection as you expend less effort and most of the job is done by the knife itself.


That said, the choice is clearly yours. If you don’t fillet often enough, an electric knife would be a waste of money. But if you are into fishing every other day, I would suggest that you opt for the latter. It is more reliable is easier to handle on the whole.

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