Your favorite grilling recipes probably include classics like steak, chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers, but why not enliven your backyard recipe repertoire by swapping the meaty standbys for something from the sea?
From shrimp and lobster to salmon and tilapia, literally anything goes when it comes to grilling seafood. Seafood grill recipes offer all the health benefits of eating seafood, plus they provide you with all the health benefits of grilling instead of frying or baking.
Here are 10 simple grilling recipe ideas that come straight from the ocean. The best part? They’re ridiculously easy to make!
1. Lemon Shrimp Skewers
One of the most popular types of grilled seafood, shrimp on skewers is considered high-end but can also be found at the casual backyard dinner.
- Fresh lemon juice
- Lemon zest
- Marinate shrimp in lemon juice for one hour.
- Put shrimp on skewers and sprinkle with lemon zest.
- Grill on each side for four minutes until cooked.
2. Classic Grilled Tuna
Whether eaten out of a tin can or freshly caught, tuna is a flavorful fish loved by many. This particular recipe is easy and basic. Highlighting the delicious natural flavor of the tuna, you can make this recipe on a busy night without boring your taste buds.
- Fresh tuna filet
- Olive oil
- Rub filet with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil
- Grill each side for only 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. The center should be raw, like sushi, or the tuna will be tough and dry.
3. Spiced Salmon
A common type of fish, salmon is easily seasoned and tailored in a variety of ways to create diverse flavors. You can find salmon that has been cooked to be sweet, savory, or, as in this case, spicy!
- Salmon filet
- Jalapeno pepper
- Bell pepper
- Hot sauce
- Chili powder
- Puree peppers and hot sauce, adding seasoning to taste.
- Marinate salmon in the homemade sauce for two hours in refrigerator.
- Place on grill for five minutes over low flames, flip, and cook five more minutes or until cooked.
4. Tropical Halibut Tacos
Commonly found along coastlines around the world, fish tacos are a healthy and flavorful alternative to classic tacos made out of greasy ground beef. Using halibut and fresh, tropical flavors, these tacos are especially well suited for sunny days.
- Halibut fillet
- 1/2 Jalapeno
- 1/2 Mango
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1/2 red onion
- Cilantro to taste
- Finely dice vegetables and fruit, saving any juices.
- Rub fillet with the diced mixture.
- Seal in a container and refrigerate three to five hours.
- Grill three minutes on each side or until cooked completely.
- Slice up fish and serve in tacos with the diced mixture, guacamole, spicy mayo and other toppings.
5. Asian Inspired Salmon
Since it easily diversified in flavor, salmon recipes are enjoyed by many ethnic cooks. For this recipe, you will highlight salmon with a traditional Asian flavor and even serve it stir-fry style.
- Salmon filet
- Soy sauce
- Diced veggies like broccoli, asparagus, snap peas
- Sesame seeds
- Cooked white rice
- Marinate salmon filet in soy sauce two hours.
- Grill until cooked through, heating about five minutes on each side.
- Serve with stir-fried vegetables and sesame seeds over rice
6. Wine Marinated Herb Tilapia
Reminiscent of a fancy meal you might find in a classy restaurant, this tilapia is actually simple to make at home and guaranteed to impress guests.
- Tilapia filet
- Red cooking wine
- Marinate filet in red wine for two hours.
- Grill the filet three minutes on each side over medium heat, saving wine in a skillet.
- Place filet in the wine-filled skillet on stove over low heat.
- Add herbs and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, covered.
7. BBQ Sea Bass
Barbecue flavour and grilling just go together. As it turns out, sea bass adds to the classic mix!
- Sea bass filet
- Your favorite BBQ sauce
- Baste Filet with BBQ sauce.
- Grill five to seven minutes on each side over medium heat.
8. Basic Lobster Tails
You don’t need much to make lobster taste great. See?
- Lobster tails
- Lemon juice
- Cut lobster tails lengthwise to slightly expose the flesh.
- Baste with lemon juice and garlic lightly.
- Place on grill over medium heat for six minutes on each side.
- Continue to baste throughout the grilling process.
9. Garlic Shrimp
A blend of popular flavors, this recipe isn’t overwhelming. It allows the shrimp to shine though, and it’s easy.
- Diced garlic cloves
- Diced shallots
- Season shrimp with garlic, shallots, chives, and paprika.
- Place covered shrimp in fridge with seasonings for one hour.
- Stick shrimp on skewers and grill three minutes on each side or until cooked as desired.
10. Honey-Ginger Salmon Burger
Just in case beef or turkey burgers were getting dull…
- Soy sauce
- Ground salmon
- Form ground salmon into patties, patting until the patties hold shape.
- Marinate in soy sauce 20 minutes.
- Remove from soy sauce and baste with honey
- Season generously with ginger.
- Grill five to seven minutes per side.
- Serve on a bun with any toppings you like, including avocado, mayo, sprouts and more!