5 Fabulous Tips to Grilling Perfect Seafood

Seafood grilling tips

During the summer BBQ season, steak and chicken are often seen as king.  However, a perfectly grilled piece of seafood can put both meats to shame.  To show off your grilling mastery, check out these five tips to creating fabulous seafood on your home grill.

Tip #1: Prepare the Grill

If you want to grill perfect seafood, make sure that your barbeque is completely clean before you add your fish.  Fish can easily get stuck on food particles, which can cause it to fall apart when you cook it.

Tip #2: Don’t Forget the Marinade

Marinades are not just for land animals.  Fish can soak up plenty of flavor through the marinade process, leaving you a meal that is packed with flavor. For the best results, marinate your fish for about two hours before cooking. When you’re ready to put the fish on the grill, pull it from the liquid and pat it dry before placing it on the grill.

Extra Tip: Make sure that you choose a marinade that is low in sugar, otherwise the sugar will caramelize and cause the fish to stick to the grill.

Tip #3: Keep the Skin On

Since fish tend to be more delicate (and therefore more prone to falling apart on the grill), try grilling your fish with the skin still on. In some cases, such as mackerel or trout, the skin will add a crispy, delicious texture to your final meal.  In cases where the skin in tougher (such as salmon), you can gently remove the skin before serving.

Tip #4: Try Alternate Types of Seafood

While fish are the most commonly grilled seafood, there are plenty of other types of seafood that do great on a grill.  Kebabs work great for shrimp and scallops, while you can place shelled fish directly onto the hottest part of the grill.

Tip #5: Don’t Take Your Eyes Off It

Fish cooks at a much quicker pace than normal meat, so you don’t want to leave it alone.  You only need to flip traditional fish once, when it is about 60% done. Remove from the grill once it has reached medium rare.  In the case of shellfish, they will be fully cooked when the shells open on the grill.

By following these five easy tips, you can take up your summer BBQ a notch by serving some fabulous seafood all night long.

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