The Best Grilled Grouper Recipe with Lemon & Herbs

The Best Grilled Grouper Recipe with Lemon & Herbs

Fire up the grill and enjoy a delicious dinner of grilled grouper with lemon and herbs. This grilled fish recipe takes under 30 minutes and clean up is easy using aluminum foil packets.

Summer is grilling season and there is no reason not to use the grill when you’re cooking fresh fish. This flaky grilled grouper recipe with lemon and herbs is intended for the grill.

Finally the chilly weather is on its way out and we can enjoy the brighter, sunny days of summer.

I don’t know about you, but this past winter was cold and I am ready for flip flops, tank tops and shorts.

We have been spending more and more days on our screened porch.

We love eating dinner outside and this dish is perfect for a light summer dinner or quick weeknight dinner because it’s healthy and delicious.

Cooking in parchment paper is one way to cook fish when you’re cooking indoors.

But aluminum foil is the answer when you’re grilling. Grilled grouper in foil is easy to make and easy to clean up.

What does grilled grouper taste like?

Grouper is a firm white fish that is flaky with a distinct mild flavor. This moist fish tastes similar to grilled bass or halibut.

Is grilled grouper a fishy fish?

No. This popular fish is mild and appeals to just about everyone. It is readily available in Florida as well as in fish markets around the nation.

This simple grilled grouper fish recipe takes 10 to 12 minutes from grill grate to plate.

A sprinkle of Italian herbs and a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice is drizzled over the fresh grouper. The fish is steamed in a foil pouch in its own juices and delivers great flavor.

Grouper is an easy to make flaky white fish that has a milder flavor than other fish and is available just about anywhere across the United States. If you can buy it local, it’s a keeper.

You just can’t mess this up!

I used an Italian seasoning, but any mix of dried oregano, basil, rosemary, garlic salt and parsley will do. It’s delicious sprinkled on fresh grouper.

Fresh herbs are also just as delicious. Sprinkle on what ever you have growing in your garden.

How to pick the freshest grouper

Head to the fresh seafood counter.

If you are selecting grouper from a local fish market, near the shore, use the smell test. If it’s fishy smelling, skip it.

It should be moist with a firm texture and spring back when you touch it.

Check the freezer aisle. My local grocer has red grouper fresh frozen.

Make sure it’s liquid-free and there is no frost or ice crystals on the fish. Check to be sure the fish is wrapped and packaged well.

How to Make this perfect fish

Purchase the grouper fillets fresh the day you need them. You’ll need olive oil, fresh lemons and Italian herb seasoning.

Place fish fillets on a large piece of aluminum foil.

Sprinkle the Italian seasonings over the grouper and drizzle olive oil over the sides of the fillets and splash on fresh lemon juice.

Crimp the foil tightly into a packet. Heat your gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat and place the foil packet on the grill rack.

Grill for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the foil packet from the grill and wait one minute before opening. Check for doneness. Cooked fish flakes easily.

Once the packets are opened, plate the fish. I love to create a luscious platter of grouper on a bed of sautéed baby spinach and vegetables.

Leftovers are delicious in fish tacos or a grouper sandwich for lunch.

This grouper dish is light and delicious and pairs beautifully with my Orzo and Summer Roasted Vegetables and a crisp white wine.

A perfect summer dinner for the whole family!

Also try my grilled swordfish loaded with fresh fruits, my Ceviche recipe or my Cast Iron Blackened Grouper.

 Overhead view of Cast Iron Blackened Grouper on white plate with vegetatables , a lemon wedge and a fork

What to serve as a side dish

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Grilled Grouper with Lemon & Herbs

Ali Randall
Fire up the grill and enjoy a delicious dinner of grilled grouper with lemon and herbs. This recipe takes under 30 minutes and clean up is easy using aluminum foil packs.
4 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 2 6-ounce grouper fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning blend
  • Fresh lemon wedges

Instructions
 

  • Lay the grouper on a large enough piece of aluminum foil. Sprinkle the Italian seasonings over the grouper and drizzle each fillet with olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Crimp the foil tightly into a packet.
  • Heat the grill to medium to medium-high heat and place the foil packet on the grill grates. Grill for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the foil packet from the grill and wait one minute before opening. The fish should be flaky and firm.
Keyword Grilled Grouper

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25 thoughts on “The Best Grilled Grouper Recipe with Lemon & Herbs”

  • I love the fresh, bright flavors going on here! This is such a perfect summer meal!

  • I’ve eaten grouper but haven’t made it myself. Thanks for the idea of how to do it!

  • I love recipes like this, they make very little dishes to clean. Plus you have bright clean flavors on a delicious piece of fish. My kind of dinner.

  • I fell in love with grouper when I first tasted it in the Bahamas, it is just one of the best white fishes out there! Your grilled version looks fantastic!

  • Thanks so much! It was excellent! Served it with some seared scallops and a side of sesame and peanut zucchini noodles. Fabulous!!!! Used lemon and rosemary, seasoned with citrus salt, cumin and smoked paprika. EXCELLENT!! Happy New Year! 🙂

  • I was wondering what type of italian seasoning did you use? i bought an italian seasoning from winn dixie but it had different herbs like marjoram, rosemary, etc. it didnt’ have the "dried fennel seed, basil, red pepper, garlic and parsley" you mentioned. i was wondering which brand you used. Thanks.

  • I was also wondering what is a good rice dish to go with fish. I make regular white rice with just water and some salt but it doesn’t taste as good. do you have to put chicken broth into rice to make into a good rice to use with fish? it seems rice i make always seems to come up short and doesnt taste like rice from a restaurant that goes well with fish. thanks.

  • Could you add capers to the foil packet? My husband caught grouper this weekend and this recipe looks great!

    • Absolutely…that sounds delicious. I love capers and this would be fantastic on fish. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  • 5 stars
    Alison, hi! This recipe looks amazing! I’m so excited to try it.What would be something good to serve with this?

  • I was wondering how I could convert this into an oven recipe? I don’t have a grill. What would the best twmo and time conversion be?

    • Absolutely…it will take about 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness) in a 400 degree oven baked in the foil packets. Just as delicious. Enjoy 🙂

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