The Complete Guide to Grilling Your Favorite Kinds of Fish and Shellfish

Learn how to cook everything from clams, to shrimp, to whole mackerel on the grill, just in time for summer
Grilled Shrimp


Grilled shrimp are a simple and versatile summer seafood dish.

When we think of grilling season, our mind tends to turn to steak, burgers, and sausages. But this year it’s time to expand our standard repertoire and throw some seafood on the grill. Whatever your favorite fish or shellfish is, we guarantee it tastes better grilled than steamed or baked. Grill a whole fish for a simple and elegant dinner centerpiece, cook your shellfish on the grill before tossing it in butter, and top your tacos or salad with perfectly grilled fish filets. Here are our top tips for grilling all your seafood this summer.

The Complete Guide to Grilling Your Favorite Kinds of Fish and Shellfish (Slideshow)

Grilling shellfish may seem like a bizarre cooking method, when steaming or boiling are both so engrained in us as the only way to cook them. But trust us, once you’ve tried grilled clams doused in charred jalapeño butter, you’ll never want to eat these little mollusks any other way. Make sure you clean your shellfish thoroughly before putting them on the grill, and discard any that don’t pop open after being cooked. You’ll soon see that grilling shellfish is actually the easiest way of cooking them, as well as the tastiest.

Serving up a whole fish at dinner always looks so impressive. It’s definitely one of the most delicious ways to eat seafood, makes a striking centerpiece, and we promise it’s not nearly as challenging as you may think. As long as the fishmonger prepares the fish properly for you, you simply need to stuff it with some fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and citrus, and grill it over a medium-high heat. Make sure the grill and fish are oiled and that you cook it thoroughly on one side before flipping it, to avoid the skin sticking to the grill, and the fish breaking up.

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Grilling is also a simple way to impart flavor onto regular filets of fish, which can then be transformed into a healthy and tasty summer dinner. Grilled salmon transforms a green salad into a protein-packed meal, shred your grilled tilapia and use it to fill some spicy tacos, and serve grilled fish skewers alongside your favorite side dishes for a quick and easy summer lunch.

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