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Sometimes I don’t catch a thing but it’s not all about that, it’s still a great day! It’s a lovely way to spend time away from the kitchen, out in the open. If I’m lucky enough to land a few fish then it’s home to fire up the barbecue. I love the flavour of barbecued food and that includes fish.
When I’m choosing a fish to grill it’s important to consider how firm the fish is, how will it withstand the heat? I prefer a more meaty and hearty fish, like salmon, that won’t break apart or fall through the grates while cooking. More delicate fish like sole and plaice are just not suitable for barbecuing directly on the grill, so if you want to use these fish it’s best to cook them in oiled foil, protected from the heat and the open flame. Alternatively you can cook thin fillets or smaller fish on the specially shaped long-handled wire grill racks, available in most DIY stores.
To get the best results every time when barbecuing fish and seafood, here are my top tips:
Grilled fish is a delight and another way I like to cook it is in foil parcels. Similar to the cod en papilotte recipe, but barbecued instead of baked. Basically get a sheet of tin foil, place some mange tout, thinly sliced carrots, onions, mushrooms onto the foil and top with a piece of fish, add a dash or wine or stock, wrap it well to prevent any leaks, and pop it on the barbecue – what could be simpler? Fairly thick pieces of salmon, cod and haddock work best for this as it takes a while for the accompanying vegetables to cook with the fish and my red pepper jelly recipe is a lovely accompaniment.
And now a general guide to grilling times. If the fish is about ½ an inch in thickness, cook it for three minutes on one side, then flip it for two minutes on the other side. Measure the fish at the thickest part though!
Discover more wonderful recipes, including grilled marinated mackerel and many more by searching our recipes. So get your friends and family round, make the most out of the barbecue this summer and don’t forget to share your recipes too! #goodfoodkarma