12 Best Grilled Fish Recipes [Easy Seafood Ideas]

The best grilled fish recipes for your outdoor grill. From seared ahi tuna steaks to lemon-topped swordfish, these simple dishes are quick, easy, and delicious.

12 Best Grilled Fish Recipes [Easy Seafood Ideas]

Grilled fish is a delicious, healthy meal idea, whether you are grilling on the outdoor barbecue, in your oven, or on the stovetop. However, many people who are not used to cooking with fish are intimidated by the idea of making this meal.

Here are a few ideas for grilled fish, whether you are an experienced cook with seafood or just approaching the fish counter.

Get BBQ Recipes Straight to Your Inbox

    We respect your privacy and will never spam you. Unsubscribe at anytime.

    Tuna

    grilled tuna steak

    Tuna is one of the most forgiving fish for beginner cooks because it is so similar to meat in terms of taste and preparation. Tuna steaks in particular are very similar to meat, although they are much lighter and make for a refreshing summer meal on the grill.

    To make grilled tuna steak, you will need ahi tuna, lemon juice, honey, orange juice, and soy sauce for the marinade. Pat the tuna dry, soak it in the marinade, then grill it on high for a few minutes, until seared.

    Catfish

    grilled catfish

    Catfish is another great fish for beginners to eat seafood. Even people who don’t like fish normally enjoy the mild, sweet taste of catfish. Although many recipes fry or dredge the catfish in flour, grilling the fish is a light, simple preparation.

    Besides catfish, you will need salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Just season the fish filets and grill. 

    Get the full instructions here.

    Halibut

    grilled halibut

    Halibut is a nice, sturdy fish for grilling because it isn’t so soft that you have to worry about it falling apart on the grill. For this recipe, all you need are some mild seasonings to enhance halibut’s naturally mild, sweet flavor. Baste the halibut in thyme-infused butter for maximum flavor.

    Once you season the fish and the grill, you can cook the halibut until it is flaky. Serve with some lemon for a citrusy boost.

    Get the recipe here.

    Salmon

    grilled salmon

    Salmon is one of the most popular types of fish for home cooks, thanks to its delicious flavor, excellent health benefits, and easy preparation methods. Grilling salmon is an easy, simple way to enhance this fish’s natural flavor.

    You only need minimal ingredients to season grilled salmon, such as salt, pepper, and an oil with a high smoking point. Season the fish with oil and salt, then cook on a preheated grill.

    Get the recipe here.

    Swordfish

    grilled swordfish

    If you’re ready to try out more exotic types of fish for your grill, try cooking up grilled swordfish steaks. Swordfish is easy to grill thanks to its sturdy texture, but your guests will be impressed when they hear that you are serving such a fancy-sounding fish.

    Besides swordfish (cut into steaks), you will need olive oil, herbs, garlic, honey, and lemon zest for the marinade. Soak the fish in the marinade, then grill until it is nice and flaky.

    Trout

    grilled turbot

    Serving a whole grilled fish is a great idea for date night or any meal for two. Trout is a good fish for when you want to grill an entire fish thanks to its delicate flavor.

    You only need olive oil, salt, pepper, and some fresh herbs to season this delicate fish. Instead of grilling directly on the grates, place it on aluminum foil to prevent the delicate fish from falling apart.

    Get full instructions here.

    Tilapia

    grilled tilapia

    Tilapia is a common fish on American dinner tables. Many people love its soft, flaky texture and mild flavor, which is only enhanced by grilling. This recipe seasons tilapia with olive oil, salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and celery seed for a flavorful, savory dinner. Just put the tilapia on a hot grill and cook until flaky.

    Get the recipe here.

    Sea Bass

    grilled sea bass

    Sea bass is a great fish for those who want the health benefits of eating fish, such as high levels of magnesium and potassium, but don’t like strong fishy tastes. Plus, grilling it is a quick way to get dinner on the table.

    You will need butter, parsley, lemon juice, and garlic to make the sauce for this fish. Season the fish then grill, basting with the butter sauce to infuse it with flavor.

    Get the recipe here.

    Red Snapper

    grilled red snapper

    Red snapper is a popular reef fish that has a nutty, mild taste. This grilling recipe is the best way to let the natural flavors of the fish shine through.

    Start by seasoning the snapper with salt, pepper, and your choice of spices such as parsley and paprika. Cover with lemon wedges (the citrus infuses the fish as it cooks), then cook on the grill.

    Get the recipe here.

    Turbot

    grilled turbot seafood salad

    For a trip to Spain without leaving your grilling patio, try this Basque recipe for turbot, a flat fish similar to flounder. It will be the center of conversation at your next barbecue!

    Besides turbot, you will need white wine vinegar, kosher salt, and olive oil. The very simple seasonings help to enhance the flavor of the fish. Grill the fish, pouring the vinaigrette over it to infuse it with a punchy, acidic flavor.

    Get the full instructions here.

    Cod

    grilled cod

    Cod is a delicious, flaky white fish that perfectly absorbs the flavor of whatever marinade you prepare it in. Grilling cod makes for a delicious summer meal.

    This recipe calls for a marinade made out of melted butter, minced garlic, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning. Season the cod, and then cook for four to five minutes on each side, until flaky.

    Get the recipe here.

    Pollock

    grilled pollock

    Pollock is a flaky white fish commonly found in Alaska. Grilling it is one of the best ways to enhance its mild flavor.

    Pollock is a great vehicle for rich, flavorful sauces, such as BBQ sauce. Brush the sauce on the filet after it’s done cooking. You can even serve it with a side of coleslaw.

    For more serving ideas, check out this recipe.

    Click to Pin

    Still hungry? Check out more BBQ posts

    homemade barbecue smoked mackerel recipe How to Smoke Mackerel - Barbecue smoked mackerel cooked low and slow over oak wood. Rich in fishy flavor and matched with an easy dry… ...
    smoked trout recipe How to Smoke Trout [Cold Smoking & Brine Recipe] - Make smoked trout the right way with this cold smoking recipe. Prepared with a salt and herb brine before cold… ...
    grilled swordfish steaks served with grilled potato herbed wedges Grilled Swordfish - Delicious grilled swordfish steaks seared over fire on your outdoor barbecue grill. Prepared with a simple lemon and garlic marinade,… ...
    smoked crab leg recipe How to Smoke Crab Legs - Beautiful king crab legs smoked over oak and basted in butter and spice mix. The perfect seafood barbecue recipe for… ...
    barbecue smoked seafood shrimp skewers Smoked Shrimp Skewers - Smoked shrimp skewers marinated in garlic and basil leaves before cooked low and slow over hickory. This easy recipe only… ...

    Get BBQ recipes straight to your inbox!

      We respect your privacy and will never spam you. Unsubscribe at anytime.