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Rules For Grilling Fish

I get a lot of requests for information on how to grill fish right. The
first rule I've found is to not think about it that much. Fish is meant to
be grilled. The direct heat cooks fish fast, easy and without removing
moisture. Grilled fish is flavorful and juicy. The second rule is to
remember that fish is naturally slippery, so when you grill fish, make sure
that your cooking grate is well oiled. In fact, the grilling is so easy
that you can do it right on the shoreline where you caught the fish.

Apart from that, fish is easy and fast. You can literally get fish off the
grill in a matter of minutes, thus making fish the perfect after work meal.
Pick up a couple of filets and lemon or two and light up the grill as soon
as you get home. Fish is also great for dinner parties when you never know
exactly when people will arrive. A few hours before dinner you can get the
fish soaking in a marinade or otherwise seasoned up and light up the grill
a few minutes before everyone wants to eat.

The hardest part of grilling fish is knowing when it's done. This is
generally the hardest part of grilling, but don't worry. When fish is cooked
the meat will flake easily with a fork and will appear opaque all the way
through. If any part of the meat is still glossy and partially translucent
then it's not done. Don't ever serve undercooked fish. Not only is it not
safe, but you might turn someone off fish for life. To make this easy always
start out with a steak or fillet that is evenly cut. If one part is much
thicker than another it will be hard getting the thick part cooked before
the thin part burns up. If you have a fillet that is uneven consider cutting
it in two. Put the thick half on first and when it's about halfway done, put
the thin half on. This way you will get it cooked to perfection without
burning any.

Also keep some fresh lemon juice and maybe some melted butter handy while
you are grilling. You can brush this on while you grill to add flavor and
keep the fish moist. But remember that butter will burn so be careful with
it. I love dripping lemon juice over fish while I grill it. The steam and
the sizzle add to the show and make everyone appreciate the meal just a
little bit more.

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