When it comes to barbecuing, many people are reluctant to use fish, as the meat is fragile, it can stick to the grates and break. While this is very true, there are tricks you can use to prepare fish using your grill.
Replace your fishing shirt with a BBQ apron, as we have prepared a few recipes, that you will definitely want to try out.
Before we begin, there are also some tips we want to share with you for the best results. For example, if you are planning to grill fillets, start by cooking skin-side down, and only turn the fish over when the skin is crisp, with a golden color.
Another example is wrapping a whole fish in a newspaper to maintain it soft and juicy. You need to pack in a few layers of paper, and then soak everything in water.
Last, but not least, don’t ever place fish over searing high temperature. Grilled fish needs to be prepared over medium-hot heat. Otherwise, you risk burning the skin before the middle is done.
Swordfish is incredible when cooked on the grill. Its thick meat holds together very well and is comparable to a good steak. This recipe involves a sweet and sour Asian-inspired marinade, which brings out tasty flavors and generates a perfect crust on the grill.
Before we move on to cooking, here is a tip for you to get a high-quality fish. Swordfish meat needs to be firm and have a meaty texture. The color should be bright white or pink. A light red color indicates freshness, just like seeing a bloodline through a steak. If you find a swordfish with a gray color and brown bloodlines, you might consider cooking something else.
Put the fish in a bowl and, in another container, mix the marinade ingredients: honey, soy sauce, vegetable oil, minced garlic, grated fresh ginger, lime zest, juice from one lime, and white pepper. Then, pour the mixture over the fish, making sure that it gets coated on both sides. Encase with plastic wrap and leave it in the refrigerator for an hour.
Next, preheat your grill to medium-high temperature, and oil the cooking grate lightly. When you take out the fish from the marinade, make sure some mixture remains in the bowl. You will need it later.
Lay the swordfish on the grill and brush it with the remaining marinade. Bake for three to four minutes, turn the fish around, cover the other side, and grill for five more minutes.
When the meat becomes opaque in the center, shift it on a serving plate and serve warm.
Salmon with Dill and Lemon
Mixing dill and lemon with salmon is very tasty, and it is likely that this grilled dish becomes your favorite. If you are reluctant to using fish on the grill, because flipping makes the meat fall apart, we recommend using salmon steaks and not fillets.
This is a fast and simple recipe crafted with a delicate combination of lemon and thyme. For extra flavor, you can use fresh herbs versus dried ones.
The first step is to blend lemon juice and zest, garlic, thyme, and oil in a big resealable bag. Add in the fish and turn to coat. Seal the bag and leave it in the fridge for one hour.
Afterward, heat up your grill on medium-high, oil its grates with large tongs and paper towels and place the salmon. Oiling the grates right before adding the fish prevents it from sticking and breaking apart.
While it is cooking, brush the salmon with marinade from the bag. You should grill each side for four to six minutes. Once the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145 degrees, remove the fish. You will know it is well cooked if the salmon is lightly colored and flakes effortlessly through the thickest part.
Sea Bass with Garlic Butter
Regarding flavor, imagine a black canvas when thinking about Sea Bass. Combined with creamy garlic butter, it becomes a fantastic meal. Fast and simple to prepare, this recipe will surely meet everyone’s tastes.
You should get your bass fishing rod and reel combo, to bring the star of this dish home.
For the butter sauce, you need to mix lemon juice, garlic, parsley, and, of course, butter in a pan. Once the butter has melted, you can remove the mixture from the heat.
Then, preheat the grill over medium-high temperature. Make sure the grates are oiled right before you place the fish. First, in a small container, mix garlic, pepper, paprika, onion powder, and salt. Season the bass with the condiment mixture.
Put the fish on your grill and leave it for seven minutes. Turn and coat it with butter sauce, and cook for another seven minutes.
When the bass’s internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, shift it to a plate and pour some olive oil over it.
This is an excellent, but also an easy way to cook sea bass using your grill. The garlic butter sauce mixes beautifully with the soft flavor of this fish. We recommend serving with rice and grilled vegetables.