Asked by: Niculita Aguion
asked in category: General Last Updated: 26th March, 2020

Can you put frozen fish on the grill?

Cooking frozen fish is safe, but the results don't always turn out quite as well as when you cook defrosted fillets. The exterior of frozen fish often overcooks before the inside fully thaws and cooks through, which is a particular concern with dry-heat methods like grilling or pan searing.

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Considering this, is it OK to cook frozen fish without thawing?

You can skip the thawing process altogether and cook frozen fish straight from the freezer. You'll have to add a few minutes to the cook time in your recipe to account for the lack of thawing, but you can poach, steam, bake, broil or grill fish straight from the freezer!

Also Know, should I thaw fish before grilling? In general, it's best to plan ahead when cooking seafood from the freezer. If you do have some extra time to start the thawing process, even better. Never defrost frozen seafood at room temperature, but in the refrigerator overnight, according to the USDA.

Considering this, can you put fish on the grill?

Fish such as tuna, salmon, halibut, and swordfish, whose texture is more like beef or pork, should be grilled directly on the grate. (More delicate fish, such as tilapia, sole, and flounder, sometimes fare better when grilled in a foil packet or grill basket.) If the fish is wet, it will steam not sear.

How do I cook frozen fish?


  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Remove frozen fish from all packaging and rinse under cold running water to remove any ice crystals.
  3. Arrange fish in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush lightly with oil on all sides.
  4. Bake for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Continue to bake until hot and flaky in the center, about 8-12 more minutes.

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