How to Grill a Whole Fish
A great grilled fish just takes a light touch and the right timing.
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A perfectly grilled whole fish can be enjoyed as is, but you can also use it to make grilled fish tacos or a delicious sandwich — like our grilled walleye sandwiches. And if you love this take on grilled whole fish, you’ll also enjoy this grilled salmon recipe. Light a chimney of charcoal and prepare your grill for a two-zone fire, moving the lit charcoal to one side.
Remove the fish from your refrigerator 20 mins before cooking. This allows any condensation to come to the surface, so it can be wiped away before cooking.
Do not move the fish at this stage or the skin will tear. After 5–7 minutes, gently flip the fish over. If the fish is sticking to the grate, cook for another minute or so. The skin should come away from the grate without tearing.
For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.
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