Fish are packed full of "healthy oils" and "good cholesterol" and nutrients that are good for you. Combine that with the fact that grilling any food is healthy cooking, and you can't go wrong with grilled fish.
When choosing fish, try and get what is "in season", as these will be your freshest and best tasting fish. A nice variety of good grilled fish recipes will keep you eating healthy no matter which fish is in season.
There are really two major kinds of fish when it comes to the actually grilling techniques. Each requires completely different grilling methods and grilling times, mostly because of the fishes' different texture and firmness.
The first type, which we will call "soft" fish, is generally grilled very lightly and quickly. This is because overcooking will cause the fish to fall apart and dry out. Cooked correctly, this fish type will be moist and flake apart easily.
The second fish type, which we will call "firm" fish, are just that...firm. They generally have the texture of beef or pork, and can be grilled a little quicker and hotter in ways similar to those meats as well.
Here are some of my favorite grilled fish recipes that are interesting but produce simple and delicious grilled fish results. Try these out and see if you don't agree that grilled fish should not be forgotten and should be part of your regular grilling.
Grilled Fish Recipes:
This recipe uses one of the "soft" fish mentioned above, so you be careful about overcooking the salmon.
Grilled Habanero & Lime Salmon
In a bowl, stir together vegetable oil, orange juice, 3 tablespoons lime juice, tequila, 1 tablespoon lime zest, 1 tablespoon habanero pepper, and garlic. Reserve a small amount to use as a basting sauce, and pour the remainder into a shallow baking dish. Place the salmon in the shallow dish, and turn to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours, turning frequently.
In a small bowl, mix together softened butter, garlic salt, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 teaspoons habanero pepper, and 2 teaspoons lime zest. Cover, and refrigerate.
Preheat grill for medium heat.
Lightly oil grill grate, and place salmon on the grill. Cook salmon for 5 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish can be easily flaked with a fork. Transfer to a serving dish, top with habanero butter, and serve.
Although Tuna is a "firm" fish, you don't want to handle it much. Grill it hot and fast, and eat it as rare as you can stand.
Grilled Teriyaki Tuna
1 cup teriyaki sauce
Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of the fillets and the heat of the grill. Check the doneness of the fish by making an incision with a knife and checking the color in the middle.
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