Grilled Fish Recipes

Grilled Fish Recipes
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Grilling lends the fish flavor profile a smoky and sometimes lightly charred element. This is particularly true of skin-on fish, where the layer of fat just below the skin melts and creates the oil needed for frying and crisping of the skin. Grilled fish tends to go very well with barrel-aged white wines, but you don’t have to stick to only Chardonnay. Barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc can be superb with grilled fish, as can Chenin Blanc. A barrel-aged example from South Africa would make for a seamless pairing.

Some of the most popular and most flavorful grilled fish dishes are made with the meatier fish varieties like salmon and tuna. These hardier fish create a great opportunity to break out your red wines. Not only do the char and smokiness of the grill make for pairing ease, moderating the effects that oak aging has on red wines, but both of these fish tend to have meaty flavor profiles, making them particularly adaptable when pairing with wine. 
Both tuna and salmon pair very well with lighter-styled Pinot Noir, and those from Oregon, Burgundy and New Zealand are all prime candidates. These wines tend to be on the lighter side with higher acidity, and it is these two characteristics that make this pairing work. With tuna, other options are certainly open to creativity. Lighter-bodied Syrah wines can match the meatiness of tuna with their own gamy nature while adding savory notes of olives and herbs that accentuate the flavors of tuna.


All Grilled Fish Recipes

  • Amberjack With Mango-Banana Salsa
    Amberjack With Mango-Banana Salsa

    Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour half of juice mixture into a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic ba...

  • Aromatic Swordfish Steaks
    Aromatic Swordfish Steaks

    Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Add fish, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, turning the bag occasionally. Prepare...

  • Asian Steak and Noodle Salad
    Asian Steak and Noodle Salad

    Whisk together fish sauce, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Pour marinade into a large sealable plast...

  • Assyrian Barbecued Salmon
    Assyrian Barbecued Salmon

    1. In a bowl, combine garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, cardamom, cloves, and, if desired, 1/2 teaspoon salt. 2. On a plate, mix sesame seed and dill...

  • Baja Fish Tacos
    Baja Fish Tacos

    Preheat a gas grill to medium-high. If you are using a charcoal grill, build a fire and let it burn down until the coals are glowing red with a mod...

  • Banh Mi Burger
    Banh Mi Burger

    Put the carrots in a medium bowl and sprinkle with 1-1/2 tsp. of the sugar and 1/2 tsp. of salt. Using your hands, toss the carrots in the salt and...

  • Barbequed Steelhead Trout
    Barbequed Steelhead Trout

    1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil the grate. 2. Arrange the trout fillets on large piece of aluminum foil. Whisk togeth...

  • Basic Fish Tacos
    Basic Fish Tacos

    Place the fish in a baking dish and squeeze a lime half over it. Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season with salt...

  • Beef Lettuce Wraps
    Beef Lettuce Wraps

    1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper. Place steak in pan; cook 5 minutes on ...

  • Bek's Grilled Mahi Mahi Fillets in Soy Ginger Marinade (Oamc)
    Bek's Grilled Mahi Mahi Fillets in Soy Ginger Marinade (Oamc)

    1 In a 1 gallon zipper bag, combine all ingredients except fish. Squish to combine. Add mahi and seal, refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. ...

  • Black Cod with Miso Recipe
    Black Cod with Miso Recipe

    In a small saucepan, bring the mirin and sake to a boil. Whisk in the miso until dissolved. Add the sugar and cook over moderate heat, whisking, ju...

  • Bouillabaisse

    Locate the bones running vertically down the rockfish and other fish and make a cut on either side of the bones and take them out; use them for the...

  • Broiled Swordfish with Browned-Butter Red Pepper Sauce
    Broiled Swordfish with Browned-Butter Red Pepper Sauce

    Heat the broiler with the rack as close to the heat source as possible, or heat a gas grill, covered, to high. Arrange the fish steaks in a 9x13-i...

  • Cajun-Spiced Catfish Kebabs
    Cajun-Spiced Catfish Kebabs

    Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl; add catfish, tossing to coat. Cover and refrigerate 20 minutes. Combine mayonnaise, juice, capers, an...

  • Campfire Trout with Herbs and Bacon
    Campfire Trout with Herbs and Bacon

    Build a campfire and place a grilling rack over it. Open the grilling basket and place it over a cutting board. Lay trout in the grilling basket ...

  • Caribbean Grilled Scallop Salad
    Caribbean Grilled Scallop Salad

    Prepare grill to high heat. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons fish rub evenly over scallops. Coat scallops with cooking...

  • Caribbean Grilled Tuna
    Caribbean Grilled Tuna

    1. Mix olive oil, lime juice and Seasoning in small bowl. Place tuna steaks in large resealable plastic bag or baking dish. Add marinade; turn to c...

  • Catfish and Potatoes with Salsa Verde
    Catfish and Potatoes with Salsa Verde

    1. Put the parsley, capers, garlic, lemon juice, anchovy paste, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a blender. Pulse to ch...

  • Catfish Po'boy with Hoisin-Peanut Sauce
    Catfish Po'boy with Hoisin-Peanut Sauce

    To prepare sauce, heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and ginger; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low. Add...

  • Catfish Sandwiches with Creole Mayonnaise
    Catfish Sandwiches with Creole Mayonnaise

    Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle fillets evenly with seasoning. Add fillets to pan; cook 4 minutes. Tu...

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