Minnesota Cooking: Grilled Fish Using Frozen Fillets

Updated on August 30, 2017

Flakey, Crispy Outside, Tender Inside, Yummy!

First mouthful!
First mouthful!

Frozen Fish

We bought a box of frozen fish fillets. These fillets are individually frozen so they are pretty easy to reach in and grab a couple pieces for the grill.

What wasn't expected was when it was advised to rinse the fish off to get the freezer ice off of them them before I started. I placed them on a wooden cutting board and started to rinse. What I wasn't expecting was as the fish were rinsed, they refroze to my cutting board, so then I had to run water across them, and loosen them from my cutting board with a knife.

What a job...

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 2 fillets, feeds two
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Ingredients

  • 2 frozen fillets fish
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoned salt
  • 2 tablespoons Spray Butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Rinse ice crystals off fish. Spray with I can't believe it's not butter, and place a thin layer of olive oil on aluminum foil. Sprinkle some Bay seasoned salt on foil and place your fish fillets on the salt. Sprinkle the fish with the seasoned salt, as well.
  2. Sprinkle some lemon juice across the fillets and grind some peppercorns across the top of the fillets.
  3. Turn grill to high heat and place your fish fillets on the foil into the grill. Set timer for 20 minutes. Keep grill closed while cooking.
  4. When the moisture cooks out of the fish, keep cooking until the moisture around the fish has hardened into a crispy, dried mass. The fish is now done.

It Does Work to Use Frozen Fish

We have tried to use the frozen fish in our air fryer with little success, and we have deep-fried the pieces with some success; but when I found out that I didn't have to thaw the pieces before I put them on the grill, I was elated but skeptical.

After I got them rinsed off and I put olive oil on the aluminum foil, I sprayed them with I can't Believe it's Not Butter and put a generous amount of Old Bay seasoning on them. I have a pepperball grinder and sprinkled freshly ground peppercorns across them and squirted lemon juice on them.

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rinse fillets
rinse fillets
olive oil under fish, spray butter on top
olive oil under fish, spray butter on top
lemon juice, spray butter, old bay seasoning
lemon juice, spray butter, old bay seasoning
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olive oil under the fishpepperball pepper grinder grinds the peppercorns on top of the fishsee the seasonings and peppercorns?
olive oil under the fish
olive oil under the fish
pepperball pepper grinder grinds the peppercorns on top of the fish
pepperball pepper grinder grinds the peppercorns on top of the fish
see the seasonings and peppercorns?
see the seasonings and peppercorns?
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put your fish in the grill when you turn the heat onwatch the heat climb, don't open the grillagain, watch the heat climb, don't open the grillagain, watch the heat climb, don't open the grill
put your fish in the grill when you turn the heat on
put your fish in the grill when you turn the heat on
watch the heat climb, don't open the grill
watch the heat climb, don't open the grill
again, watch the heat climb, don't open the grill
again, watch the heat climb, don't open the grill
again, watch the heat climb, don't open the grill
again, watch the heat climb, don't open the grill
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See how the moisture around the fish has caramelized, fish is done when the moisture is almost gone
See how the moisture around the fish has caramelized, fish is done when the moisture is almost gone

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      • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

        Char Milbrett 

        14 months ago from Minnesota

        Larry Rankin, thank you for your comment.

      • Larry Rankin profile image

        Larry Rankin 

        14 months ago from Oklahoma

        I grill fish a lot. Very helpful tips.

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