Ah, yes… Finally, the season for grilling and grilling means SEAFOOD! Just because summer and grilling are obvious pairings, that does not mean you should load up on burgers, steaks, hot dogs and ribs. For great flavors and better health, think fresh seafood with a combination of fruits, vegetables and herbs! With the national government encouraging everyone to eat seafood at least twice a week, there is no better time than to start now! Not only should we focus on the seasonal specialties, but our seafood selections have expanded quite a bit with advances in aquaculture and cold storage capabilities. So what does this mean for all of us? Our seafood selections are endless with once seasonal items now available year round!
Summer is here so let’s think about grill items!
Some of our favorite seafood items to grill:
- Salmon: One of the best sources of good Omega-3 fatty acids which supports our cardiovascular system, immune system and neurological development. Keep in mind, our body cannot produce Omega-3 Fatty acids so the only way is to consume it though out diets.
- Tuna: Very low in saturated fats and sodium and is a very good source of protein, thiamin, selenium and vitamin B6. Tuna is perfect for grilling because of its meaty texture and steak like cuts. Tuna is a very lean fish which means the meat can dry out quickly so add a light marinade and brush with oil and your Tuna steak will be perfect for the grill.
- Swordfish and Marlin: An excellent source of selenium, niacin, zinc and vitamin B12. Swordfish is made for the grill! Very firm and meaty, which helps prevent the steaks from falling apart on the grill. A simple olive oil-based marinade, lemons, salt and herbs are all you need!
- Mahi Mahi: Low in saturated fat and is a good source of Vitamin B12, phosphorus and potassium, along with protein, niacin, and selenium. Mahi mahi is a versatile fish that produces excellent results using just about any cooking method. The mild, sweet flesh is very lean but also quite moist and flavorful, so take care not to overcook it or it will dry out. Depending on thickness, it will only need 3-4 minutes per side to cook through.
- Halibut: Low in saturated fat and sodium and is a great source of protein, niacin, phosphorus and selenium. Because of its mild taste, Halibut lends itself to just about any flavor and is very versatile. The biggest trick while grilling, make sure you oil your cooking grate before you start!
- Seafood Skewers on the grill are also a great way to go! Just add a simple marinade and a few spices, and you have yourself a delicious and healthy meal!
- Trick of the trade while grilling? Simply grill fresh fish 10 min per inch of thickness.
- Shrimp and Scampi’s: Very low in saturated fats and is a good source of Niacin, Iron, phosphorus, zinc, protein, and selenium. Great for directly on the grill or skewered!
- Clams, Mussels and Oysters: Grilled Clams, mussels and oysters are a great start to any cookout! All you need is the grill and some lemon butter for dipping. Place the clams/ mussels/ oysters directly on the grill, close the lid and in a few minutes, the mollusks will open and will have cooked in their own natural juices!
- Lobster Tails, Crab Legs: Prefect for on the grill! Crab legs are a very low-fat source of protein and lobsters are low in saturated fats and a very good source of protein and selenium. For the crab legs, we prefer placing them directly on the grill grates! The crabmeat will be of a thick meaty texture and will hold together nicely! You can also wrap the legs in foil for the same steaming effect that can be done in the kitchen! Lobster tails and be cooked directly in the shells, cut open to expose some of the meat or completely taken out of the shells and placed directly on the grill with some butter!
At your next grill out party, serve up some shrimp or quick seafood apps in place of any fried appetizers or cheese and cracker plates. And for the main dish, grill a variety of seafood items, both fish and shellfish for a healthy burger and hotdog substitute!
Time to get grilling!
Eat Fish, Live Longer
The Euclid Fish Company