Halibut is one versatile fish. You can buy it at almost any time of the year, and it is reasonably priced. It has white meat and a mild flavour that goes with just about everything. Fried, steamed or grilled right, it will taste great with a whole variety of tasteful ingredients. But if you have a thing for grilled fish or simply experimenting, this article will give you a few tips on how to prepare a grilled halibut. Remember, there are tons of simple and fancy recipes online for grilled halibut. Here you will be learning just a few basics you can put to use for other recipes.
- Select fresh halibut for the grill. Make sure it does not have a fishy smell and that the meat is firm and wet-looking if you are looking for fresh halibut. If you are buying a frozen one, it must be thoroughly frozen so you can be sure of its quality. Know that the the cut of the halibut will matter when you are grilling, as you will see in the fourth tip.
- Marinate before grilling or basting halibut while you grill. Mild marinades work best for halibut because of its mild flavour. A strong marinade will overpower it. Keep low on acidic marinades like those with too much lemon for instance. You can also baste halibut while grilling it and it will be just as flavourful. When basting as you grill, keep mild flavours in mind as well. Aside from grilling and basting for flavour, you can rub salt, pepper and other herbs and spices on the fish.
- Oil the grill well before you start grilling. Make sure your grill is hot. The fish will stick to the grill if you don’t oil it. If the grill is too hot you will burn the fish and the oil too.
- Never leave the grill when you are grilling. Halibut cooks easily. Watch your grill because thin cuts of halibut can be cooked in a little more than 5 minutes. Turn the fish over only once, as the meat will fall off. It won't take long to grill your halibut. Keep an eye on it to avoid over cooking. Turn your fish only once on the grill. Halibut meat is tender when cooked and if you turn more than once, the fish is likely to fall apart in the process.
- How do you know if the halibut is already cooked and ready to eat? Cooked halibut meat flakes with ease using a fork. You will see that the meat will no longer take on a translucent color but will already be opaque once you stick a fork down the middle of the fish.
- Serve your grilled halibut with grilled vegetables, salsa or a sauce or topping. These will work just great according to your taste.
Now that you have learned how to prepare a grilled halibut, you can follow the same steps for king salmon, king crab, grouper, and salmon. The salsa can also be used for smoked salmon.