A darne is a single-serving portion taken from a thick cross section straight through the backbone of a substantial whole, dressed, round fish, such as salmon or tuna.

Salmon Darnes

Salmon Darnes

In general, they are slightly thinner than a steak, usually around 12mm / ½-inch thick, and most often cut from the section between the head and mid-body. Also known as cutlets.

The word is French (darne de saumon might be roughly translated as ‘salmon steak’), but it comes originally from Breton darn, which means ‘piece’.

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