Tips for Grilling Seafood

Tips for Grilling Seafood

At Char-Griller, we love grilling seafood, especially in the summertime. There are so many flavor combinations that pair well with seafood, so it’s fun to play around with seasonings. Not to mention, the fats in fish are healthy and promote a healthy heart. If you’re a fan of cooking seafood at home, we highly recommend grilling your seafood to enhance the flavors. Grilling seafood will bring out flavor profiles you’ve never tried before! Grilling seafood is easier than you may think, but it's nice to have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve to make the process easier. So, we’ve compiled a few seafood-grilling tips to make your grilling experience hassle-free!  


  1. Use fresh fish if possible; it’s easier to work with than frozen fish 
  2. Flipping fish, and other seafood, is easier when you have a spatula specifically designed for the task!  
  3. Be sure to preheat your grill on high for 10-15 minutes and brush the cooking grates clean. 
  4. Keep the skin on. This will help prevent your fish from falling apart.
  5. Make sure the fish is completely dry, then brush a light coat of oil on the fish to prevent it from sticking to the grates 
  6. Grilling time for a filet will be about 10 minutes per inch of thickness. 
  7. When grilling a filet with skin, grill the flesh side first for 70% of the total cooking time, and then flip it to the skin side for the remainder of the time.
  8. Don’t rush the flip. If your fish is still sticking to the grates, give it a little extra time 
  9. For thick, sturdy fish like tuna, mahi-mahi or salmon, grill it right on the grates 
  10. Use skewers for pieces of seafood, like scallops or shrimp. This will prevent them from falling through the grates  


Char-Griller's Seafood Recipe Recommendations: 

1. Shrimp Fajitas  

  • These shrimp fajitas are super easy to make, and pack a lot of flavors. The whole family will love them!  
2. Creole Blackened Salmon  
  • Looking for a quick, easy and delicious meal that will impress? This Creole Blackened Salmon is the perfect way to kick the flavor up on your weeknight dinner. Added bonus, it only takes about 10 minutes to cook! 
3.Blackened Catfish 
  • A simple recipe that takes a Southern restaurant staple to the grill. This blackened catfish is sure to make it in your summer recipe rotations. 
4.  Grilled Tilapia  
  • This quick and easy fish recipe is super flavorful and a great weekday dinner. Serve with a salad for a lighter dinner or serve with some squash or roasted vegetables for a heartier meal. 
5. Seared Sesame Ahi Tuna 
  • This Seared Sesame Ahi Tuna is perfectly flavored and a great way to incorporate fish into your meal. Serve with rice and veggies for the perfect dinner!  

Grilling your seafood is totally worth it, and we hope that the tips above will be helpful the next time you grill up salmon or shrimp. Be sure to check out Char-Griller's website for even more seafood-themed recipes that are sure to satisfy any and all seafood cravings!