Grilled grouper is a quick and easy seafood recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to make! Pair it with your favorite sides for a healthy and filling meal.
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What is grouper?
Grouper is a saltwater fish commonly found around the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. The taste of fish varies depending on its habitat. Some are mild tasting, whereas others can have a more flavorful kick. The most common way to cook grouper is by frying or grilling it.
Why this recipe works
As grouper is mildly flavored, the best way to eat it is to use minimal seasonings. While baking or frying the fish is delicious, the best way to eat it is to grill it! As someone who can sometimes be wary of some seafood tasting too ‘fishy’, grouper has proved to be a delicious fish to include regularly!
Here are some reasons why this grouper recipe will be a grilling favorite-
- It’s quick and easy to make, taking less than 8 minutes all up.
- Grouper is easily found at most fishmongers, grocery stores, and markets.
- It’s a healthy fish containing important vitamins, like vitamin B-complex, vitamin D, magnesium, and potassium.
- You can flavor or season it any way you like!
How to grill grouper
While you can bake this fish, the grilling method adds a delicious smoky taste to the fish. Once you prep everything you need, the cooking process is an absolute breeze!
- Grouper fillets- Choose fillets that are similar in size so that they cook evenly.
- Olive oil- Any neutral flavored oil works.
- Salt and pepper- To season.
- Lemons and parsley- To serve.
Start by pat drying the fish to remove excess liquid. Rub olive oil on both sides of the fish and sprinkle some salt and pepper.
Next, heat the grill and brush the surface with some oil. Add fish to the hot grill and cook for 2-3 minutes, before flipping, then cooking for another 2 minutes.
Remove the fish from the grill, squeeze some lemon on top, and serve immediately.
Grouper vs. snapper
Grouper differs from snapper as it has a distinctive and mild flavor. The flesh is lean, moist, and firm. Snapper has white flesh and red skin, giving it a slightly pink texture. It has a mild taste but a prominent sweeter flavor.
Tips for success
- When choosing your grouper, look for firm and moist flesh, and avoid fish with a strong fishy odor or an overly white color.
- Avoid overcooking the fish, as it can become quite rubbery and dry. Once it starts to flake, the fish is ready to serve.
- If pan-grilling the fish, always use a non-stick pan or skillet. This will prevent the fish from sticking to it.
The beauty of grouper recipes is that because they are mild tasting, they can be flavored in a plethora of ways. Here are some ideas:
- Cajun. Season the grouper with cajun spices, such as paprika, cayenne pepper, and thyme, or even a pre-made Cajun seasoning.
- Asian. Marinate the fish in katsu, eel, teriyaki, or bulgogi sauce for an hour before grilling.
- Italian. Top the freshly cooked grouper with pomodoro or sugo sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
- Mediterranean. Season the grouper with freshly minced garlic, a squeeze of lemon, oregano, and olive oil.
- Blackened. Follow the methods in either the blackened salmon or tilapia.
What to serve with grilled grouper?
To store- Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days.
To freeze- Place the cooked and cooled grouper in a shallow container and store it in the freezer for up to two months.
Reheating– Reheat on the grill or oven.
Recommended tools to make this recipe
- Grill pan. This pan cooks like an actual grill and leaves those beautiful grill marks.
- Non-stick skillet. No grill pan? No problem! A good quality skillet works just as well.
- Tongs. Always use non-stick tongs to prevent any scratching (and breaking the fish!).
Frequently Asked Questions
Grouper is mildly flavored and has a subtly sweet flavor. It is comparable to halibut or sea bass.
The optimum temperature to grill fish is 200C/400F. This cooks in quickly and the high heat keeps the fish flaky and moist.
Yes, you can use frozen grouper fillets. For the best results, thaw the fillets completely then pat them dry before seasoning them.
To avoid the fish sticking to the grill, clean it properly to remove any burned-on debris. Then oil the grill before adding fish to it.
Cooked grouper is white and slightly opaque.
Grilled Grouper Recipe
- Pat down the grouper with a paper towel to ensure there is no excess liquid.
- Generously rub both sides of the fish with olive oil. Sprinkle the salt and pepper.
- Heat the grill to medium/high and ensure the grill is clean. Brush more oil over the top.
- Add the grouper and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the sides go slightly opaque. Flip the fish and cook for a further 3 minutes.
- Remove the fish from the grill and sprinkle with parsley and lemon.
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