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!
What to serve as a side dish
- Pearl Couscous with Roasted Vegetables
- Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Tomatoes Caprese Salad
- Ancient Grains Salad with Roasted Vegetables
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Grilled Grouper with Lemon & Herbs
- 2 6-ounce grouper fillets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning blend
- Fresh lemon wedges
- 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.
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