These seafood and grilled fish recipes are full of big flavor! When it comes to summer dinner ideas, seafood is fast and easy to make on the grill.
When it comes to summer grilling, burgers and hot dogs might first come to mind. But what about grilled fish and seafood? It’s always quick to make and packed with big flavor! There are so many different options that please eaters of all kinds. Grilled tilapia with savory seasonings and tomatoes is elegantly simple. Shrimp skewers always please a crowd. Ahi tuna cooks in only 2 minutes and impresses everyone with its buttery flavor!
Here are all our top grilled seafood recipes and fish recipes. Every one of these got high marks with our 3 year old, so they’re kid friendly too. Let’s get cooking!
At the top of our list: Perfect Grilled Fish! This recipe is for tilapia, but you can use any white fish. If you’re looking for a healthy seafood recipe that fits into the Mediterranean diet: here’s the one! The flaky fish is bursting with savory, smoky flavor from the grill. Top it with sweet and tender blistered cherry tomatoes, and it looks simply stunning. It’s the ideal summer meal for entertaining or even a weeknight.
Next in our list: this easy grilled cod! This white fish is bursting with big flavor! Cover it in homemade blackened seasoning and it’s got massive savory and smoky notes, with a hint of underlying intrigue from cloves and allspice. Or, you can use our seafood seasoning to get the same flavors without the underlying heat. Here’s how to make magic on your grill!
This grilled fish tacos recipe is an impressive grilled dinner that’s full of beautiful flavor! Imagine: tender, flaky white fish grilled up with cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder. Top it with the zing of pico de gallo and a tangy, creamy taco sauce, and a bit of crunchy cabbage for good measure. Piled in a charred tortilla, it’s everything you want a healthy dinner to be! (That or Grilled Shrimp Tacos, of course.)
There’s not much that doesn’t taste better grilled. So once the weather is right, grilled shrimp is where it’s at! It’s also one of the fastest things you can cook on the grill: it takes less than 5 minutes to cook these babies. Sure you can marinade the shrimp before grilling. But most of the time, why not go easy and lightening fast? Here’s the perfect grilled shrimp recipe.
Want to grill salmon to perfection? It’s not an easy feat. Salmon is easy to over cook and under-season. Here's a no-fail way to grill salmon! It’s an easy method and comes out tender with a lightly crisp crust. Even better, we created a tasty magical seasoning blend to go with it. This salmon seasoning tastes so good, you’ll want to put it on everything…you might never make salmon without it again.
Here’s a grilled fish & seafood recipe that’s quick, easy and full of huge flavor: Cajun grilled shrimp! If you love Cajun spices and a little heat, you’ll love this smoky, tender shrimp: and it takes less than 5 minutes on the grill. Serve it up with a side of grilled peppers, and it’s a fantastic summer meal. And if you can’t do spicy food: we’ve got a mild version for you too! It all depends on the homemade spice blend you decide to whip up. Here’s how to do it!
Tired of grilling burgers and salmon? Good, because here’s a uniquely incredible grilled fish recipe: grilled tuna steaks. And there’s nothing fishy about this tuna. Ahi tuna is rich and buttery, and seared perfectly on the outside, it tastes more like chicken or steak than fish! Even better, it’s one of the quickest things you can cook. Just 1 to 2 minutes, and you’ve got dinner. Here are all the tricks to getting that perfect sear on the grill.
Here’s a way to cook shrimp that you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again: blackened shrimp! Blackening is a Cajun cooking technique that’s all about the spices. Combine homemade blackened seasoning with grilled or pan-fried shrimp, and you’ve got a mix of savory, herbal, and salty flavors that makes it over the top irresistible! You can grill it or cook on the stove, so it works for easy weeknight meals or grilled dinners on the patio.
Are you a scallops lover? Then stop right there and make these grilled scallops! They come out incredibly tender and full of flavor, no special seasonings required. Grilling scallops is much easier than searing them in a pan: you don’t have to worry about how hot the pan is or getting an even crisp crust. Nope, just pop them on the grill and in 5 minutes they’re juicy and ready to eat. Outside of grilled shrimp, they’re one of the best grilled fish and seafood recipes out there…period.
Lastly, one of our favorite grilled fish and seafood ideas is these grilled shrimp skewers! Adding shrimp to skewers for grilling makes them easy to turn, and the presentation is simply stunning. Here we took our Perfect Grilled Shrimp and gave it a skewer make-over, with even better shrimp seasoning and a few tips on skewering technique. These will impress everyone around the table!
Accessorize with grilled vegetables!
How to serve grilled fish? With some grilled vegetables, of course! Here are all the best grilledvegetables to try:
Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
Bring the fish to room temperature for about 15 minutes. (For salmon, in a shallow dish mix together 4 cups room temperature water and 3 tablespoons kosher salt. Place the salmon in the water for the 15 minutes.)
Grill the fish over indirect heat for 4 to 5 minutes (skin side down if there is skin), until it releases from the grates. Flip and cook another 2 to 4 minutes, until the internal temperature is 130 degrees (right when it starts to flake when pulled with a fork). Allow to rest for a few minutes, then serve.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.