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July 3, 2015
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Grilled fish and seafood is delicious, but the actual grilling of your fresh catch can seem a bit intimidating. Tuna, salmon, swordfish, mahi mahi, and sea bass are some of the best local, fresh fish offerings to grill. Motts Channel Seafood is here to offer 10 basic tips, along with a simple yet tasty recipe to try out this holiday weekend.

  • Start with a clean grill rack.  Fish will stick to a dirty rack and make turning the fish difficult.
  • A hot fire is key to cook seafood quickly to retain the natural juices and flavor.
  • Oil the rack when the barbecue grill is hot, just before you're ready to cook. Oil the fish whenever possible. Use a high-temperature oil, such as olive oil, peanut or grape seed oil.
  • Conventional wisdom says to cook the skin side first, but doing the opposite gives a nicer, crusted surface on the non-skin side, and the skin helps the fillet hold together for turning. The result is a moist, more appealing fillet.
  • Fish will hold together better and be less likely to stick if you leave it alone during grilling. Cook it for the estimated time, then lift it carefully.
  • If you're grilling thin fillets you can grill fish and seafood in the type of double-sided, long-handled grilling rack used for hamburgers and steaks. There are also specially shaped ones made for grilling whole fish.
  •  A good rule of thumb is to grill fish for a total of 10 minutes per inch of thickness (measured at the thickest point.) So if you have a half inch thick fillet, grill it for about 3 minutes on one side, then flip it and cook for 2 minutes more.
  • A wide, thin spatula is essential for flipping and removing fish. Having two close at hand is even better.
  • Avoid sugary marinades or glazes, especially with thick fillets or whole fish, as the sugars can burn and turn bitter before the fish is fully cooked.
  • As with other methods, fish is fully cooked when it begins to flake and is opaque at the center. Some fish, like salmon and tuna, are often served while still somewhat 'rare', like steak.
Need a tasty, all purpose seasoning for your grillables? Might we recommend one of our favorite regionally made products that serves as a rub, spice or seasoning and is available for sale right here in our store!

As always, the Motts Channel Seafood staff is happy to help with even more seafood grilling tips...just ask!

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Little Neck Clams
Swap your cast iron pan for lemon slices and take your fish to the grill with this recipe makeover for traditional blackened fish. You'll not only avoid a smoked filled house, you'll have a lighter version of this  seafood favorite.

Recipe by Diane Boyd
Serves 4

  • 4, 6- 8 oz fresh Grouper filets, or other white fish
  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • Cajun Seasoning Mix
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1. Preheat grill.
2. Brush each filet with melted butter and sprinkle with Cajun seasoning.
3. Arrange lemon slices over grill grates. Place seasoned fish filets on top of lemons and close the lid. Grill 5 minutes and flip fish (right back onto lemon slices). Cook another 5 mintues or until fish begins to flake. Remove fish and lemons from grill. Arrange lemons on each plate and top with blackened fish. Serve immediately.

Recipe submitted by Diane Boyd, M.B.A., R.D., L.D.N. Wilmington, NC nutrition counselor specializing in sports nutrition, weight management, and wellness; get more healthy tips by clicking here.

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