Summer is in full swing, which can mean only one thing - al fresco dining! We Brits love a barbecue and thfere’s something truly magical about getting everyone together out in the fresh air, cooking up a storm, with the smell of the grill hanging heavy in the air.
But perhaps you’re a little tired of the tried and tested sausages and burgers. Perhaps you’re keen to try something a little different this year where your barbecue endeavours are concerned.
People are often a little afraid of cooking fish but it’s actually a lot easier to get right than you might think and it works incredibly well on the barbecue… so here are a few recipes you might want to try over the next few weeks. You’ll never look back, we promise!
Start off very simple with this little dish of barbecued mussels for something truly delicious. All you need to do is make a tinfoil bowl, put the ingredients in, seal the bowl with more tinfoil and then let it cook in the ashes of your barbecue for ten minutes or so. Job done!
Tuna steaks are really easy to cook and, depending on how rare you want them, can be ready in as little as 30 seconds! Make sure that you marinate them for half an hour or so before you whack them on the grill to really maximise the taste.
Firm-fleshed fish works the best on the barbecue, as they’ll stay moist after a good grilling, so something like sea bass will go over brilliantly with your dinner guests.
This recipe involves stuffing the stomach of the sea bass with fresh herbs and lemon juice, so it’s perhaps a little more complicated than you might be used to but confidence is key in the kitchen, so be brave and give it a go. It should only take between ten and 12 minutes to grill, so it’s ready in a flash!
If you’re really looking to wow the crowds, lobster tail really is the way to go about it. This recipe only takes 30 minutes to prepare and cook, and it really is something of a showstopper so an absolute must for your next big barbecue. Serving them with something like a light and fresh salad will pair well with the richness of the lobster.
3 Top tips for barbecuing fish
Choosing your fish wisely is the first step to barbecuing success and the likes of sea bass, salmon fillet, catfish, tilapia, cod, halibut, swordfish and red snapper all do very well because they have such firm flesh.
Make sure that your grill grates are clean and give them a good rub down with some vegetable oil before you cook. Also make sure you brush your fish with vegetable oil, as well.
You can grill your fish directly on the grill itself, but make sure that you turn the fish as soon as it’s cooked at least halfway through.
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