Point is, even a good cook needs the right tools to be successful. In this case, a fish spatula would’ve done the trick. Fish spatulas—known to some as fish slices—are thin, slightly flexible, and slotted, making them perfect for turning fragile items like fish fillets. But they’re not relegated to fish alone. Use them to lift items out of a pan while keeping liquid inside—when handling meats in this way, they’re easier to wield than a slotted spoon and won’t damage the meat like tongs can. The fish spatula’s practicality makes it a staple piece of equipment in restaurant kitchens, but the well-equipped home cook needs one on hand, too.