Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Fish Spatula

A thin, slotted flipper can make easy work of your next fish fry.

Fried fish and fries.
The slots in a fish spatula let the hot oil and grease drip out of the fillet before you put them on a plate.Andy Wang

Whether you deep fry, or pan-fry, or pan-sauté fish, a well-designed fish spatula will take your fish game to another level. Use a fish spatula and your fish (or fried chicken), fried okra, and fried anything, will come out crispier and looking better than ever. Here are three things to consider when buying a fish spatula.

Rachael Ray Kitchen Tools and Gadgets Nylon Cooking Utensils / Spatula / Fish Turners - 2 Piece, Blue
This set can tolerate temperatures up to 400 degrees F.Rachael Ray

The thin leading edge of a fish spatula allows it to easily slide under fish fillets while they simmer in the pan, even if they’re starting to stick. It’s also handy when you want to cut a fillet into several pieces. A spatula with a thin edge will knife right through the thickest fillets.

Mercer Culinary Hell's Handle Fish Turner/Spatula, 3 Inch x 6 Inch
The blade of this model is made from food-grade stainless steel.Mercer Culinary

The slots in a fish spatula aren’t just to make it look sleek. They allow you to drain oil from the fish while the fillet rests for a moment on the spatula. It’s almost like it’s working double duty—a spatula and a slotted spoon in one.

New DI ORO Designer Series Elite 3-Piece Turner Spatula Set - 600F Heat-Resistant Rubber Silicone Spatulas - Includes Slotted Fish, Omelet, and Wide Slotted Turners - LFGB Certified and BPA Free
This kit can handle cooking temperatures up to 600 degrees F.di Oro

While you want a flexible tip for scooching under ready-to-flip fillets, it’s handy to have a fish spatula with a bit of backbone so it’s stiff enough to scrape up all those delicious, crunchy bits that stick to the bottom of the pan. Drizzle those fish crunchies over white rice and you’ll be the hit of fish camp.