Cooking fish on the grill helps the fish retain its moisture and, better yet, the fish cooks quickly making meal time fast and easy. It takes no longer than ten minutes (and please do not overcook your fish!) and the clean-up is pretty quick as well.
Grilling Tips and Tricks
Be sure to coat the grill with either nonstick cooking spray or a decent amount of butter so the fish doesn't stick. You'll also want to make sure your fish is cooked before taking it off the grill. Take a fork, and poke at it on one side. If it looks flaky with an opaque color, then it's done. If not, give it another minute or two. It's best to only turn the fish once, so it cooks evenly on both sides. The last thing you'll want to do is serve uncooked fish to friends and family.
If you decide to marinate your fish beforehand, give it about a half hour to an hour in the refrigerator before grilling so that the marinade still clings to the fish.
Shellfish and Shrimp
It's best to grill shrimp, small pieces of shellfish or scallops on skewers. You can use either metal or wooden skewers. If you decide to use wooden skewers, wet them first so the sticks will not burn on the grill.
Oysters, Mussels and Clams
These can also be done on the grill. Place them directly on the hottest part of the grill. Once the shells start to open, take them off immediately. These cook extremely fast and you don't want to overdo it. If the shell does not open, discard it and do not serve.
It's important to follow some basic grilling tips for shrimp if you want to make the perfect barbecue meal. Shrimp is the most popular seafood on the market today. It makes perfect sense that we like to toss these delicate critters on the menu when we're getting ready for a little bit of outdoor grilling.
The best tips for grilling fish are easiest to remember when you think safety first. The most important thing to remember when cooking fish on the grill is to make sure it's thoroughly cooked. When raw fish is cooked completely and correctly, bacteria is destroyed.