One of the great things about living in the Carolinas is the avaiability of fresh local seafood. That comes in real handy when you want to grill out in the summer but need an option other than steak or chicken.
Whether it is catfish caught out of a nearby lake, of fresh mullet or bluefish shipped up a few hours from the coast…if you can get your hands on some fresh seafood it can make a summer grilling party come alive.
If you want tips on how to catch your own freshwater and saltwater fish in the Carolinas check out my blog Surf and Salt. It has hundreds of free fishing and cooking articles.
Here are three terrifically tasty recipes for grilling fish that might be avaiable to you in the your area.
Make the marinade first inside, then grill later.
4 thick catfish fillets
2 large onions, chopped
2 cups hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
1⁄2 cup pineapple juice
1⁄2 cup orange juice
1 cup cider vinegar
Chop onions VERY fine and sauté them in a little olive oil on stove top until they are cooked and translucent. Let cool then put onions(with oil) in a large bowl and combine with all other ingredients to make a marinade (mix well). Pour marinade over fish and refrigerate. Marinate fish at least 3 hours. Grill over medium high heat until fish is done. Serves 2.
Grilled Whole Mullet
Dress and split mullet but do not scale! The scales hold in the heat while cooking. This recipes refers to striped mullet usually caught in nets and not sea mullet (also known as whiting or kingfish) usually caught on hook and line.
4 whole mullet (about 1 lb each), dressed and split
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Melt the butter on the stove top and add lemon juice, then garlic salt and pepper. Brush on fish. Cook on medium-high heat 18-22 minutes or until done. Serves 2.
Grilled Snapper Bluefish
Snapper bluefish are small bluefish, and the tastiest are those that weigh a pound or less each. Check size limits in the state you are fishing in before you keep a snapper bluefish.
8 snapper bluefish, dressed
Rub bluefish all over with oil and sprinkle with lemon juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill over medium high heat about 7 minutes for each side. Great with wild rice. Serves 4.
For more fish and seafood recipes see my blog A Dash Of Salty