Grilled fish is a great way to enjoy seafood without adding any excess fat. It’s delicious, especially when the fish is fresh and done just right. If you want to fire up the grill and cook something tender yet tasty, fish is the way to go!
Here’s how to grill fish.
- Choose your fish. When it comes to fish, the most important thing is freshness. Try to buy the fish the same day you will eat it for the best flavor. For grilled fish, it’s best to get fillets rather than whole fish to make it easier to cook. If you have a whole fish, go ahead and fillet it. Not all fish holds well on the grill. Some suggestions for fish that are best for grilling are sea bass, swordfish, salmon and tuna. Choose a meaty fish that is cut into fillets or steak cuts. Make sure the fillets aren’t cut too thinly or it may break apart on the grill.
- Preheat the grill. Fire up the grill to get the party started! You want the grill waiting for you and not the other way around. If you’re using a charcoal grill, prepare your briquettes. If you’re using a gas grill, turn it up to the highest setting to get the grill nice and hot.
- Season the fish. While your grill is getting ready, prepare your seasoning. Fish works best when its flavor isn’t overpowered by too much seasoning. Salt and pepper often works fine. You may also choose to add a dash of paprika on your fish and a squeeze of lemon. The simpler the flavors, the better. This lets the flavor and freshness of the fish come out. Don’t marinate your fish in vinegar and other acidic ingredients for longer than ten minutes or it will start to break down the fish and cause it to disintegrate on the grill.
- Baste oil on the grill. When you’re ready to start grilling. Get some vegetable oil and brush some oil on the grills. This will prevent the fish from sticking.
- Gently place the fish on the grill. When your grill is sizzling hot, carefully place the fish over the hot grill. Don’t move the fish around once you place it on the grill. This will give it the nice grilled lines on the surface of the fish. While the fish is cooking and there is still space on the grill, go ahead and grill your side vegetables. Items you can grill to go along with your fish are zucchini, eggplant, corn, bell peppers and onions.
- Turn the fish over. Fish cooks quickly, so you’ll only need about two to three minutes per side to cook it. With a wide spatula and a pair of tongs, carefully flip the fish over to cook the other side. Wait a few minutes to make sure the fish is done.
- Remove from heat. When the fish is ready, gently pry it off the grill and place on a resting plate. If you’re doing another batch of fish to grill, brush the grills with some oil before you lay on the fish.
Serve your fish warm and side with your grilled vegetables. Make a sauce out of melted butter and roasted garlic and lemon. It’s a delicious light summer fare to have. Enjoy!