Go-To Guide: How To Grill Seafood

Fish cooked over fire is probably one of the first cooked proteins eaten by humans. Maybe that’s why the delicately sweet flavor of fish seems especially complemented by a whiff of smoke—it’s part of our genetic memory. At any rate, grilling remains one of the easiest, quickest, and tastiest ways to cook fish or shellfish.
Use a hinged wire grill basket for whole fish and fillets of tender fish. Firmer fish can be cooked directly on an oiled grill. Skewer small shellfish such as shrimp or scallops on metal or water-soaked wooden skewers; you may also skewer 2-inch chunks of firm fish like tuna and swordfish. Grill fillets over medium to medium-low heat. Turn finfish only once to avoid breakage. Shellfish may be cooked directly on a hot grill; they are done when the shell opens. Discard the ones that do not open.
The sturdier and fattier fish—grouper, salmon, tuna, and swordfish—grill beautifully. Clean your grill thoroughly and oil it lightly before putting on the fish. And only turn the fish once! If the grill is properly oiled and preheated, the fish will develop a nice crust and will release from the grill without sticking. For more delicate fish and fish fillets, use a grill basket. Release the fish from the basket as soon as you remove it from the grill.
  • Grill with a hot fire
  • Grill basket
  • Tongs
  • Metal or water-soaked wooden skewers
Fish Fit for Grilling
  • Tuna
  • King mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Sea bass
  • Kona kampachi
  • Sablefish
  • Pollock
  • Roughy
  • Walleye
  • Perch
  • Grouper
  • Rainbow trout
  • Kingfish
  • Mahi mahi
  • Cod
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Trout
Additional Tips
If a fish has skin, slash is slightly before cooking to prevent curling.
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Cheryl Lawson wrote on 4/28/2013 4:18:15 PM

I had a wonder salad in your cafe for the Brazilian fest that was fantastic. I was wondering if you could provide the recipe? It was a grilled shrimp and pineapple salad with pine nuts, avacado and quinoa. The shrimp had a special spicy taste which was incredible. Thanks!

Sherrie wrote on 4/29/2012 6:19:02 PM

I am new to the area and I ate in the Central Market Cafe for the first time this past Friday. I had an absolutely delicious salad with grape tomatoes, guacamole, asparagus and talapia served on a bed of fresh greens. It was wonderful. Could you possibly tell me how the talapia was cooked. I cannot wait to try many more of the wonderful sounding meals being served at the CM Cafe. Thanks, Sherrie

Jennifer Chininis wrote on 4/11/2012 10:58:28 AM

Hi there! The fish pictured is mahi mahi. Although we don't have the exact recipe, here is a link to one we like: http://www.centralmarket.com/Recipes/RecipeDetail.aspx?rid=81400. Or you could try this one, which has a nice Asian-inspired glaze and would absolutely work on the grill: http://www.centralmarket.com/Recipes/RecipeDetail.aspx?rid=81543.

Xrisanthy wrote on 4/10/2012 11:52:43 AM

What kind of fish is in the picture? That recipe looks amazing!!!!!!! Is it posted anywhere?

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