Nothing compares to seafood on the grill. Something about that smoky flavor works so well. Once you have the basics down, it’s easy to fire up the grill with the catch of the day. Here’s what you’ll need to start grilling.
GRILLER TIP: TENDER FILLETS LIKE TILAPIA SHOULD BE OILED GENEROUSLY AND GRILLED ON FOIL OR AN OPEN-GRATED GRILL PAN TO PREVENT FALLING THROUGH THE GRATES.
Try out new flavors on the grill with our top picks for seafood, and even look into sustainable options. Here are some of your best bets plus what to ask for at the counter.
1. Salmon: steaks, filets or whole sides, coat this classic choice with your favorite rub and grill on a plank for a taste of the Pacific Northwest. 2. Tilapia: the mild flavor and flaky texture soaks up the flavors of marinades and rubs like no other. 3. Branzino: a full-flavored, flaky fish. Who knew grilling whole fish was this easy? 4. Scallops: briny goodness, cooks up quickly, epic with bacon. 5. Shrimp: Cooks fast. Full of sweet, delicious flavor. Try with Mojito Lime Marinade.
Whatever you’re craving, these are the techniques you need to know — and all the flavor essentials.
GRILLER TIP: CITRUS IS ALWAYS A GOOD CALL, BUT ALSO TRY ROBUST, WOODY AND GARLICKY SEASONINGS WITH SEAFOOD TO BRING OUT THE SMOKINESS OF THE GRILL.
There are so many ways to feast on grilled seafood. Serve it straight up with a squeeze of lemon, on skewers, in tacos or with steak for a taste of land and sea. If you’re grilling a fillet, use this “10-minute rule” as a general cook time.
Looking for grilling ideas? Try these meals you can throw together in minutes.
For fish tacos, you’ll need: Mahi-mahi, Chipotle Pepper Marinade, shredded purple cabbage, chipotle mayo and corn tortillas.
For surf + turf, you’ll need: Shell-on shrimp, langoustine or lobster tail, steak of choice, Montreal Steak Seasoning.
For BBQ salmon, you’ll need: Salmon steak, Applewood Rub, BBQ sauce of choice, a wood plank.
See how to make bacon-wrapped seafood skewers with Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning.