Scaling whole fish is a necessary chore as the scales are unpleasant to eat. Your fishmonger will be happy to gut and scale fish for you but it is also an easy and satisfying technique to master at home.
Removing scales can be a messy business so put the fish into a plastic bag to catch the scales.
Have a go at this technique then try Dominic Chapman's grilled sea bass with fennel and dill.
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