Learning how to grill fish in a grilling basket is easy breezy. Everyone wants to grill like a boss, but there’s no shame in using helpful tools like grilling baskets. You can grill and flip your food — from bulky burgers to delicate vegetables — without the worry of them sticking to the grate and falling apart. With that said, these hinged baskets are a total godsend when it comes to grilling your fish. Because the fillets don’t make direct contact with the grill, there’s no chance of them sticking. And because you get an easy and secure flip every time, your fillets won’t fall apart. These baskets are also fabulous for grilling and flipping seafood skewers.
What you’ll need
- Cooking oil
- A few paper towels
- Grilling basket
Pre-heat your grill to high heat.
Set your fish out on the counter for about 15 minutes so it can come to room temperature; this allows an even cook outside and within.
In the meantime, grease up your grill basket by dabbing a paper towel in some cooking oil and wiping it all over the inside of the basket. Do this about three times. The purpose of using the grill basket is to keep your fish from sticking to the grates of the grill, but it can stick to the basket if you don’t grease it thoroughly, so let’s not defeat the purpose of our method 😉
Before setting your fillets into the grill basket, pat them down with a paper towel. This keeps your fish from getting tough and mushy while it’s cooking; season them however you want them to be seasoned.
Now let’s get these bad boys on the grill!
Place the basket over the grill. You want to grill the fish for 10 minutes per inch, flipping halfway through. If your fillet is on the thinner side like these ones, measuring at approx. 1/4 inch thick at their thickest point, grill for approx. 2.5 – 3 minutes a side.
As always, you want to cook the fish until it’s opaque and reaches an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees F.