The 5 Best Types of Fish for Grilling
Summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill and enjoy a meal on your patio or deck. Grilling doesn’t have to mean you’re limited to hamburgers and hotdogs. It’s the perfect time to expand your grilling menu with different fish options – the fine dining of a summer bar-b-que.
Grilling is typically an easy task – choose a meat, marinade or dry rub, and throw it on the grill – but cooking fish is a bit different. There are certain fish types – many you’ll find at your favorite Pawleys Island restaurant – that make a better grilling option than others. You’ll want to skip the delicate fillets and opt for a meatier fish for grilling.
Some of the fine dining fish entrées you’ve had at Pawleys Island seafood restaurants simply won’t fare well in the grill. Sole, tilapia, or flounder are options to avoid when grilling. The delicate textures of the fish will cause them to flake or fall apart before they make it to your plate.
Many fish markets in Pawleys Island will have the recommended fish option available. Depending on the sourcing and seasonality, try one of these fishes for the grill.
Swordfish is a meaty fish, typically sold as steaks, that is perfect for grilling whole or skewered. This fish is especially tasty cooked over a mesquite wood. Swordfish has a mild taste (perfect for those on your dinner party list who avoid seafood with a strong fish flavor) and is typically found on Pawleys Island restaurant menus paired with a Mediterranean salsa or cooked in a white wine mixture.
Salmon cooks well on the grill as a fillet or steak. This fish will keep its distinct flavor and is a quick, easy meal for those week night dinners. This fish is easy to dress up for fine dining or partner with grilled or roasted veggies for a healthy meal ready in less than 30 minutes.
One of the heartiest fishes is tuna. A tuna steak can easily be marinated and grilled, holding firm to the heat. Don’t leave tuna on the grill too long – aim for medium rare to medium – or it will dry out. Pair the tuna with an avocado salsa for an easy recipe you could find on seafood menus at Pawleys Island restaurants.
Snapper is a white meat fish with a mild flavor and firm texture. Grilling snapper is a great way to introduce a slightly sweet, fresh taste to your dinner party guests. You can grill the whole fish or opt for smaller fillets.
Mahi-mahi is a lean meat with a mild, somewhat sweet flavor. Its moist flakes make it perfect for grilling. You’ll often find Mahi-mahi on fine dining menus partnered with bold flavors like mango or a cilantro sauce.
If you’re unsure of a recipe to try with one of these five fish, consider what you’ve ordered at Pawleys Island restaurants. Consider the flavor of the fish to pair it with the perfect side and not overshadow the flavor.