Aside from meat, you can grill fish in a fast and easy way by using a gas grill. Grilling fish can literally be grilled in a matter of minutes, making it the perfect meal after work or for an impromptu get together. It’s also great for dinner parties especially when you never know how many guests will arrive. Maybe the only hardest part of grilling a fish is to know when it is done. The secret is to let the grill and time do the work. Here are steps on how to cook fish on a gas grill.
Step 1: Clean your grate.
Make sure your grate is clean. Remove debris to avoid the fish to stick on the grate. A clean grate will give your fish a delectable flavor as well. Use a barbecue hand mitts and scrub the grill grate using a grill brush to further remove any particle or debris. 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. Repeat the process of rubbing the grate with oil to approximately five more times, making sure that your fish won’t stick to the grate.
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 3: Clean the fish.
Squeeze the excess moisture with a paper towel or kitchen towel. It is important to remove the excess moisture because it will cause your fish to steam instead of sear. Put it inside the fridge until you are ready to grill it.
Step 4: Grill the fish.
When it is time to grill, brush each side of the fish with olive oil or season it with salt. To add more flavor and keep the fish moist, you can brush it 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, so be careful. Using lemon juice over the fish can add to the show through the steam and the sizzle created by it, plus the appetizing smell that could make everyone hungry and appreciate the meal.
Step 5: Arrange the fish diagonally on the grate, with skin side down across the grate to create that famous grill marks.
For 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!
Grilling fish is one of the best ways to cook fish. Fish grilling will generally take a few minutes of your time, making it the best and easy to prepare grilled meal for your visitor. Using gas grills make the entire process even easier than expected.