The Best Fish and Seafood Tools for Your Kitchen

These tools will make cooking and serving seafood a snap

Serving and eating seafood such as lobster, clams, crab, oysters, and other shellfish varieties can be much more enjoyable if you have the right seafood tools. Easily clean, prepare, and devour your home-cooked seafood with these must-have seafood lover's utensils that'll make you wonder how you ever cooked and served seafood without them.

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    Fish Turner

    Fish Turner
    Fish Turner. Kate Whitaker/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

    A fish turner is designed to make turning whole fish fillets much easier than with a regular size spatula. Choose one based on the type of cookware you are using. For nonstick fry pans, choose a silicone or plastic construction. Stainless turners are great for other types of cookware.

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    Fish Knife

    Skinning haddock
    Skinning haddock with a fish knife. Ian O'Leary/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

    Depending on your budget, you can buy an economical fish knife or a professional-grade culinary cutlery knife so you can easily fillet fish. A short or long flexible blade often depends on personal preference, but those with a long, flexible blade can be easier to cut fish.

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    Seafood Forks

    Seafood forks
    Oneida Seafood Forks.


    These seafood forks have an open stock pattern so you can add to this set at any time. Oneida's seafood forks are 18/0 stainless steel, are dishwasher safe, and come in an economical set of eight forks.

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    Oval Fish Skillet

    Oval fish skillet
    Le Creuset Marseille Enameled Cast Iron 15.75 Inch Oval Skillet.


    Because of its oval shape, this oval fish skillet is ideal for cooking fish. The construction and shape of this pan allow for an evener heat distribution and excellent performance. Le Creuset makes a variety of cookware and bakeware and is a consumer favorite.

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    Seafood Spice Blends

    Seafood spice blends
    Catch of the Day Seasoning.


    If your seafood tastes a bit bland, add a touch of spice and flavor with one of these top seafood spice blends. From smokey salmon rubs to light and tangy lemon and garlic pepper, these blends will transform the taste of your next fish dish.

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    Butter Warmers

    Butter warmers
    Norpro Ceramic Butter Warmers, Set of 2.


    Butter warmers are a must with seafood. Available in singles or a set, make sure each of your guests can enjoy dipping their lobster or seafood morsels in one of these personal-sized dishes. Remember to stock up on tea light candles and long dipping forks to make the most of these warmers.

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    Shrimp Deveiner and Cleaner

    Shrimp deveiner
    Green shrimp deveiner and cleaner.

    SCI Cuisine Amazon

    A handy knife for deveining and cleaning shrimp, this shrimp deveiner and cleaner tool splits the shrimp's shell and removes the vein in just one motion.

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    Seafood Tool Sets

    Seafood tool set
    New Star Foodservice 27983 8-Piece Seafood Tool Kit.


    Seafood tool sets are essential when it comes to serving and enjoying your delectable meal. If you make seafood often, purchasing specialty tools separately can be inconvenient and can cost more than buying a set, so look for complete sets with a practical assortment of tools to be prepared for your next seafood meal.

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    Seafood Cracker and Picks

    Oxo Good Grips 5-Piece Seafood Cracker and Pick Set


    A compliment to every set is extra seafood crackers and picks. These tools are a great way to crack into hard lobster or crab shells and to ensure no meat is left behind.

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    Fish Platter

    Fish platter
    Portmeirion Sophie Conran White Fish Platter.


    Serving your seafood or fish dinner with a beautiful oval fish platter can enhance your table and your seafood dinner presentation. There are many platters to consider and an oval shape is perfect for any sized fish.

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    Clam and Oyster Knife

    Close-up of oysters and lemon
    Clam and oyster knife with oysters and lemon.

    Joanna Gorzelinska/EyeEm/Getty Images

    Make opening shells easier with a specially designed clam and oyster knife. These types of knives have an easy-to-grip handle to reduce hand strain and will make opening hard shells a breeze.

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    Seafood Steamer

    Seafood steamer
    Granite Ware 6317-1 19-Quart Enamel-on-Steel 2-Tier Clam-and-Lobster Steamer.


    Having a pot with a sufficient capacity to steam seafood is a must. From mussels and clams to larger crabs and lobsters, a seafood steamer is essential to cooking your favorite seafood.

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    Sushi Dish/Plate

    Sushi dish/plate
    Happy Sales HSBH79/N, 6 pc Japanese Sushi Plate set Dragonfly Blue.


    Sushi is very popular seafood choice for many and when made at home, you'll want to use the right plate. This versatile sushi dish/plate set can also be used for other seafood dishes; serve your favorite filet on the sushi plate and use the soy sauce dish to hold melted butter.