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How to Perfectly Grill Fish

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on Monday, 08 August 2016 in Culinary Trends

HowtoperfectlygrillfishSummer grilling is usually associated with hamburgers and hot dogs, but fish can be just as much of a grill star!  Grilled fish can be a great way to mix up your barbeque offerings.  Fish is packed with protein and many types of fish are great sources of brain boosting omega-3 fatty acids.  The best part is that it isn’t as difficult to pull off as some people might think.  Here are some simple tips to grill fish to perfection:


Choosing your fish. First, select a fish that won’t fall apart on the grill.  Good choices are salmon or tuna.  Direct grilling will add a smokier flavor.  If you like flakier fishes, such as cod, then try wrapping it in tinfoil pouches with your seasonings to keep it all together while it cooks. 


Create your flavor.  Try spice rubs and marinades, or keep it simple with a mixture of oil, acid, and aromatics.  One example could be olive oil, vinegar, and garlic.  You can marinate ahead of time, or just top it before/during grilling.


Start with a clean grill. Make sure the grill is clean to avoid the fish sticking to the grates.  Before the fish touches the grill, dry the fish and then brush it with oil to avoid sticking.


Grilling. On a medium-high heat, cook skin side up first, and then flip after about ten minutes per inch of thickness of the fish.

How do you know if it’s done?  The fish should be flaky, appear opaque, and is cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees.  If you’re nervous about overcooking it, then check it about 2 minutes before you think it should be done.

Pair your grilled fish with your favorite vegetables and have some fresh (or even grilled) fruit for dessert to round out your plate and leave you and your family feeling great!

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Contributor: Laura Binder-Hines, RD 





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