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Grilled Whole Fish

Grilling an entire fish makes for an easy and delicious dinner
Grilled Whole Fish


Grilling whole fish is a quick and easy way to get crispy skin on the outside and a flaky interior. A locking grill basket is a great way to make sure the fish stays intact and comes out perfect every time.

This recipe is courtesy of Home Depot.


  • 2 small whole fish, such as trout, snapper, black sea bass, or branzino, cleaned, with head still on
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Sprigs of fresh sage


Heat the grill to medium-high.

Score the exterior of the fish, then season with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Stuff the inside of the fish with lemon, salt, and sprigs of herbs.

Place the whole fish inside a locking grill basket. Grill the fish over direct heat for 7-9 minutes, turning occasionally.

Squeeze fresh lemon over the fish before serving.