Even though we’re still several weeks away from the summer solstice and the official beginning of summer, Memorial Day has long marked the official start of grilling season. Nothing says summer like a savory aroma billowing out from the grill lid, a cool drink in your hand, and friends gathered in the backyard. When firing up the grill this summer, legions of uninspired grill masters are going to turn to hamburgers and hot dogs for that inaugural feast. But we’re here to tell you your next barbecue can go to another level altogether when you grill seafood. Let’s take the guesswork out and share some of the best and easiest ways to grill seafood this summer.
Let us help you impress your summer guests with these mouth-watering seafood grilling tips, and some recipes for everything from lobster to shrimp, to fish, and crab. Stick with us, and we’ll help you with fan-favorite recipes for the main course, and tips and tricks for side dishes.
Best Ways to Grill Seafood
Infusing sweet lobster meat with flavors from your grill is a winning combo that will have your BBQ attendees raving. Follow our simple instructions for grilling lobster tails, or try your hand at the remarkable grilled lobster recipes from Food & Wine or Country Living.
Surf n’ Turf
An always-popular choice for the grill is some red meat, but we’re going to let you in a little “secret.” Just throw some lobster, shrimp, or other seafood on the grill for a delicious surf n’ turf feast.
Cooking king crab legs is easier than you might think. You can also make this even simpler by simply purchasing crab meat already out of the shell, wrapping it in some aluminum foil, and tossing that on the grill.
When cooking fish on the grill, a hearty fillet of swordfish, salmon, or tuna will cook wonderfully with butter or lemon. If that’s not whetting your appetite thoroughly enough, Bon Appetit and A Foodcentric Life offer some great alternatives below.
Scallops are the main attraction when included in any dish. They’re incredibly easy to cook and don’t require heavy spicing. Still, Southern Living and NYTimes Cooking offer some truly delightful ways to kick up your next scallop meal.
Shellfish usually brings to mind mussels or steamers that come in a pot with wine sauce, but you can change your seafood game with these great grilled options.
Grilled Seafood Side Dishes
Grilling your choice of seafood is only half the battle for your next barbecue. To really wow your taste buds or scintillate the buds of your friends, make sure to add some of these classic side dishes to the meal.