by Angelina Ti
Summer; what a wonderful season to improve cooking skills! Most of people are always scared about cooking fish on the grill, because it’s not the simplest thing to do during a barbecue session. Cooking fish only takes a few minutes per side to be ready. If the fish fillets are an even thickness, sometimes they don’t even require flipping, they can be cooked through by grilling on one side only. One of the most important secret about grilling fish is knowing that some fish works better than others on the grill. It’s better to cook thick steaks, such as tuna, swordfish and salmon and avoid cooking tender fillets, as they tend to break and fall through the grate. You can grill more fragile fish in a foil packet if you want. If you haven’t cooked in foil packets before, you have to know that preparation is easy. No special equipment is needed. And, cleanup is a breeze. Plus, this method of cooking is great if you want to keep calories and fat in check.
Another very simple method to cook fish on the grill is to put some lemon slices between the fish and the grill. It will help to prevent the fish from breaking, especially if they are very tender like sardines. Here you have some sauces that you can add on your fish while it’s cooking.
One of the simplest, easiest, and tastiest sauces to add on top of your fish while is cooking is: olive oil, a few drop of lemon juice, and fresh oregano (and for this, it really has to be fresh). It’s particularly good with swordfish.
You can also have a great sauce mixing a clove of garlic, lemon, olive oil (about half the amount of the lemon juice), salt, pepper, and a spoon of cappers. Goes especially well on grilled wild striped bass fillet, added to the flesh side up in the last 2-3 minutes of grilling.
If you want to cook your fish in a foil packet you can add inside the foil 6 halved chopped cherry tomatoes, one whole shallot, a little bit of fresh thyme and 4 spoons of pesto sauce. Close the foil and let the fish cook for about 20 minutes on the grill (for a medium size fish).
Now you have almost all the good tips to cook a perfect fish on the barbecue! Enjoy!