In the UK, we know how to make the most of warm and sunny weather. Barbecue is the ultimate way to share a good time with friends and family and enjoy tasty food. Adding fish to the mix can make your BBQ extra special and can be very rewarding if you know a few tricks to make sure that your barbecued fish is a success!
Ideally, you want to be using a mesh-type of grill so you can cook more delicate fish easily. If you don’t have any, you can always cook fish in foil. Also, make sure to oil your fish before placing it on the grill, so it doesn’t stick. Making sure the grill is clean can also help prevent the fish from sticking.
How to cook fish fillets on the BBQ
If you want to cook fish fillets directly on the grill, choose firm-fleshed fish that can stand the heat without falling apart, such as salmon, monkfish or halibut. To cook more delicate fish such as seabass or lemon sole, wrap the fillets in foil with a bit of liquid and some herbs and spices. It will steam the fish and keep it moist.
How to cook whole fish on the BBQ
You can also choose to cook fish whole. Serving whole fish always makes for an impressive main course and leaving the fish whole helps to keep the fish moist and flavourful. You can also stuff whole fish which is a great way to add flavour.
One way to cook whole fish is to use a fish basket, which consists of two metal grids that ‘sandwich’ the fish and helps the stuffing stay inside. It also produces a crispy skin. If you don’t own a fish basket, you can wrap your whole fish in foil. It won’t have a crispy skin but the flesh will be wonderfully moist.
Seasoning fish for BBQ
Try marinating your fish – even something as simple as a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and few herbs can do wonders. Classic flavours usually suit barbecued fish quite well: garlic, lemon, basil, thyme or chilli. Try to avoid overpowering flavours that would take over the fish and mask its taste. You can also use flavoured butters or side sauces to add some flavour to your fish.
Sides to serve with barbecued fish
Simply grilled vegetables compliment well fish cooked on a BBQ. Try Mediterranean vegetables such as courgettes, tomatoes, aubergine or bell peppers. You can also serve light salads as a side dish. If you prefer something more substantial, you can serve your fish with rice or roast potatoes.