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Minnesota Cooking: Grilled Fish Using Frozen Fillets

Char lives in Minnesota, where she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and making yummy treats for her family.

First Mouthful: Flakey, Crispy Outside, Tender Inside, Yummy!

First Mouthful: Flakey, Crispy Outside, Tender Inside, Yummy!

Can You Grill Frozen Fish?

Yes, you can grill frozen fish...if you know how. Here's how we do it right!

  1. We get 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.
  2. If there's any freezer ice on them, we rinse the fish off. The first time I did this, 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...

You'll find the rest of the instructions below.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

35 min

45 min

2 fillets, feeds two

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen fish fillets
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoned salt
  • 2 tablespoons spray butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Rinse ice crystals off fish. Spray them with butter. Place a thin layer of olive oil on a piece of aluminum foil, then sprinkle the foil with some Bay seasoned salt and place your fish fillets on top of the salt. Sprinkle the top of the fish with the seasoned salt, as well.
  2. Sprinkle some lemon juice across the fillets and grind some peppercorns across the top.
  3. Turn your grill to high heat and place your fish fillets on the foil, on the grill. Set your timer for 20 minutes, and keep the grill closed while you're 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.

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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Comments

Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on September 05, 2017:

Larry Rankin, thank you for your comment.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on August 30, 2017:

I grill fish a lot. Very helpful tips.