How to Grill Fish

Try these quick and easy tips to learn how to grill fish.
Mary Allen Perry
Fish Basket
Jennifer Davick / Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey / Food Styling: Kristi Michele Crowe

If you’ve never tried grilling fish, you’re in for a treat. Just follow these tips from our Test Kitchen:

  • Start with a clean, lightly greased grate, and be sure to preheat the grill.
  • Lightly brush both sides of the fillets with oil or coat with vegetable cooking spray.
  • Delicate fish or fillets that flake easily (such as cod or halibut) need to be grilled in a hinged wire fish basket.
  • Firm-textured fish, such as tuna, salmon, and swordfish, can be grilled directly on the grate.