When barbecuing meat, we can only eat so much steak before it starts to weigh us down, and with the arrival of summer, why not try cooking up something lighter and healthier on the grill? Grilling fish tends to be a bit trickier than meat. That said, certain types of fish make better choices than others, and some more delicate fillets just aren’t suited for grilling at all. That’s why our team at Azzopardi Fisheries has come up with a guide to help you choose the best fish for barbecuing.
We’re obviously not referring to the canned stuff here – we’re talking about thick, fresh cuts of tuna steaks that you can season freely and throw on the grill without worrying it’ll fall through. Tuna steak boasts a distinct flavour, and its thickness makes it a perfect fish to sear and cook to medium rare.
Snapper is a great mild white fish, whose skin helps keep the tasty meat from getting overcooked when grilling. Although it can be cooked in portioned fillets, this ever-popular fish stands up to the grill well when cooked whole. A hearty snapper may very well become your new spring or summertime grill favourite!
This popular oily fish has become quite a staple in Malta, as it’s meaty enough to satisfy the hungriest mouths, yet light enough for the calorie-counters at table. Its somewhat strong flavour lends itself nicely to the smokiness that the grill will impart. Whether you cook it as a steak or a fillet, salmon can withstand the heat of the grill while keeping its distinct flavour.
4. Mahi Mahi
Mahi mahi – also known as dorado or dolphinfish – is a flavourful white fish. With a firm texture that makes it wonderful for grilling, not only is this seafood one of the more sustainable options out there, it’s also meaty and delicately flavoured.
Of all the types of fish you could grill, swordfish may possibly be the best choice. It’s very firm texture means you’ll get great grill marks. It tastes delicious whether seasoned with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper or not. Although a mild-tasting fish, it holds up great on the grill. You’ll find this fish sold as steaks — whether you want to cook it whole or cut it up and skewer it, it’ll surely be the star of your meal.
When choosing a fish for grilling, it’s important to consider how firm it is. Going for delicate fish won’t fare so well on an open flame, as they are more likely to become flaky, break apart or fall through the grates. So forget about burgers and hot dogs – fish is awesome on the grill and a much better option for a well-balanced diet. Choose from a great selection of seafood – visit Malta’s favourite fishmonger – Azzopardi Fisheries!
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