Successful Steps in Grilling Fish
Grilling fish is one of the best and healthiest way to cook fish. Aside from these, grilling usually takes ony a few minutes of your time, making it the best and easy to prepare grilled meal for your visitor. Although charcoal grilling is also the most fun methods of grilling, using gas grills I should say is easier. Try the following proven steps for a more successful grilled fish.
Step 1: Clean your grate.
A clean grill is the beginning of a deliciously-flavored fish. Remove debris from previous dinner to avoid the new fish to stick on the grate. To make the grill grates glossy and non-stick, dip about two folded paper towels in olive oil, use a tong to grasp it and rub the grill grates.
Step 2: Get an aluminum foil and cover it to the gas grill.
Set the fire to high heat and wait for about 10 to 15 minutes to thoroughly burn off the debris. When this process is done, remove the foil.
Step 4: Grill the fish.
Before putting your fish on the grill, season it with salt. To add more flavor and keep the fish moist, you can brush each sides olive oil (or any vegetable oil) or with melted butter or some fresh lemon juice while you are grilling. Remember to check your fish from time to time because using butter can burn the fish easily.
Step 5: Arrange the fish diagonally on the grate, with skin side down across the grate to create that famous grill marks.
To grill a thinner and flakier fish, use a grill basket or wrap it with aluminum foil with olive oil, wine or lemon juice. This is to avoid the fish from falling apart and to keep the moisture during cooking and flipping.
Step 6: Adjust the temperature of the grill down to low.
This is to prevent it from cooking too fast. Close the lid while cooking. Cooking will approximately take about 10 minutes for every inch of thickness of the fish. It is advisable to check your fish from time to time.
Step 7: Check if the skin of the fish has become seared and crisp.
Lift the edge of the fish using a turner, spatula or tong to see if it easily moves from the grates. Do not move the fish when you see it is not yet done for it could easily break up. If the skin is already seared, flip your fish over.
Step 8: Remove it from the grill.
When both sides are seared and fish flakes easily when a fork is inserted, then it is done. Remove the fish from the grill and you can now serve it to your hungry guests!