26 grilled fish & seafood recipes
Whole grilled fish, shrimp skewers, salmon burgers, and more mouth-watering dishes
Wild king salmon requires the right mix of exuberance and restraint. Chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of Ox restaurant in Portland hit the sweet spot, brightening its richness with tart sumac and a luscious yogurt sauce, and crisping the skin to create cracklings. You’ll need a rimless baking sheet to ease the salmon off the grill.
Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb restaurant in San Francisco is known for adventurous dishes like this one, a meet-up of mild grilled calamari (squid), fresh produce, and exciting seasonings. He grills the calamari over almond wood plus regular charcoal briquets; for the home cook, he recommends easy-to-find mesquite hardwood charcoal. To make the dish as fiery as Cosentino likes it, use 2 tbsp. black pepper and 2 tsp. Aleppo pepper, and don’t seed the serrano chile.
We are not kidding when we tell you that this is one of the best recipes ever created at Sunset for cooking outdoors. It’s a showstopper—a giant pan of aromatic ingredients simmering over fire—and interactive; you can ask your guests to help stir in the ingredients if you like. And it’s not hard, as long as you prep everything ahead. Cook this paella, and no one will ever forget your party.
Recipe: Whole Grilled Trout with Romesco
Recipe: Salt-cured Ouzo Shrimp
A side of salmon, hot off the grill and laid on fig leaves from a backyard tree if you have one, makes a spectacular main course. If you’re daunted by the prospect of flipping such a large piece of fish, cut it into three sections before grilling (they’re easier to turn) and arrange them end to end on the platter.
Recipe: Grilled-Salmon Salad
Recipe: Seared Tuna with Papaya Salsa
Recipe: Mojito Shrimp
Recipe: Grilled Ahi Citrus Salad
Recipe: Double Salmon Burgers
Recipe: Barbecued Salmon