No-fail tips to overcome your fear of grilling seafood
I love cooking seafood on the grill because it’s so fast and, because most seafood is relatively mild, it readily absorbs smoky flavors. Plus seafood is super-healthy—it’s an excellent source of lean protein and some types of fish, such as salmon, are good sources of omega-3 fats, which are good for your heart and your mental health. Click here to find out 6 of the best fish and shellfish to eat and 6 to avoid .
But seafood can be delicate, so here are a few tricks that we use in the EatingWell Test Kitchen for good results when we’re making grilled seafood recipes :
• Oil it up. We scrape the grill grate clean with a grill brush and oil the grill rack before the food hits the hot surface. It greatly reduces the risk of sticking. See a photo of how to safely oil the grill rack here and get 12 more essential grilling tips.
• Grill on foil. This is good if you want something like herbs underneath the fish, as in Grilled Salmon with Mustard & Herbs or if you are working with grilling shrimp or other foods that are small enough to fall through the grate.
• Use a grill basket. Sometimes we use a fish basket if we are cooking larger fillets or whole fish, as we do for our delicious Grilled Fish Tacos . It makes flipping the fish over on the grill easier and the fish is less likely to break.
What are your tips for no-fail grilled seafood? Tell us what you think below.
Hilary Meyer , Healthy Cooking Blog , Dinner , Kitchen tools , Quick meals
Hilary Meyer develops and tests healthy recipes in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.
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