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Catch of the Day: Best Ways to Grill Up Flavorful Fish!

If you ask us, a perfectly seasoned, flame-grilled salmon delivers peak flavor. The same goes for savory shrimp, tasty trout and meaty crab. Seafood lovers everywhere would agree that fish is flavorful, easy to prepare and delicious for any meal.  

Seafood tastes especially great hot off the barbecue. Grilled seafood is perfect for laid-back summer evenings at home or as flavorful fun for any party. Trust your taste buds – nothing beats fresh, sustainably sourced, wild-caught or farm-raised fish just off the grill!  

Join us on this flavor adventure as we fish for some facts about grilling seafood. 

With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to grill some seafood. 

Take a journey through the meat and seafood department at your local Raley’s, Raley’s O-N-E Market, Bel Air or Nob Hill. You’ll find an abundance of fresh fish! That’s what makes seafood such a versatile and flavor-filled food. With so many options, you can truly explore a world of undersea flavor.  

No matter your preference, perfectly prepared seafood always hits the spot. And grilling seafood is one way to take the flavor to the next level. Grilling unlocks layers of taste, imparting salty, sweet and acidic flavors deep into your favorite fish. 

Grilled salmon is delicious, making for the perfect midsummer meal.  

Salmon is terrifically tasty, and that goes double on the grill. Before firing up the flame, it’s important to season your salmon. This fish is great at absorbing a wonderful array of flavors and it takes just minutes to prepare.  

Add a dash of salt, pepper, fresh garlic, and some lemon juice to keep things simple. That’s just the right mix to make a mouthwatering meal. But it’s also worth putting together a dry rub with your favorite spices. If you enjoy heat, lead with spices like smoked paprika or cayenne. Even a dash of siracha can go a long way. Then mix in garlic powder, onion powder or even ginger or cumin. Don’t be afraid to get creative and put together a blend inspired by your pantry. 

Keep in mind that salmon cooks quickly. Grill it skin-side down, allowing the skin to crisp. Then flip and sear the top. 

Fresh-grilled tuna is a delectable delight you just need to taste.  

Tuna packs a flavorful punch. It’s meaty and dense, almost like steak. Tuna has a creamy-like consistency with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Like salmon, tuna goes great on the grill. But expert chefs know that tuna can dry out quickly, making a marinade a must 

Marinades infuse flavor and keep the meat moist. Just toss your favorite herbs and spices, add oil and some acidity, and let the tuna soak up those flavors for 10 or 15 minutes. 

Now it’s time to grill. Watch closely as tuna cooks quickly. After you sear one side to satisfaction, flip it over and let the flame work its wonders. Then pull it off the grill and get ready to chow down.

Turn to trout if you want to enjoy a world of superb flavor.  

Trout is tender, delicate and flaky. It’s milder in flavor than salmon, but it still delivers an excellent savory taste. 

We say start with the basics. Rub down your fillet with oil. Olive oil works great, delivering an herbal yet neutral flavor. But it’s not the only option here. You can also try melted butter to keep things moist and salt and pepper to add flavor. Season liberally, making sure to hit every corner of the fish. Add some fresh garlic, parsley or other favorite herbs and spices, then squeeze some lemon juice to add a citrusy kick. Fixing fish for tacos? Instead of lemon juice, try lime juice. Lime is sure to give you that full-mouth flavor that you’re after. 

Trout is a forgiving fish that can be prepared in many ways. You can marinate trout like tuna and salmon, or you can try brining the fish. Grill it skin-side down for a few minutes, then flip and sear. Pull it off and add an extra dash of melted butter and fresh herbs to finish the flavor. 

Seafood is delicious and super nutritious. 

Seafood not only tastes great, but it’s also good for you. Salmon, tuna and trout are all packed with protein, as are pollack, cod, prawns and sardines. 

Seafood is low in fat compared to beef and poultry. It’s rich in calcium and a great source of key minerals like zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium. Eating fatty fish is an important source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are essential for heart and brain health, and fatty fish like salmon and trout are especially high in omega-3s.  

Aquatic life is teeming with good-for-you flavor. Seafood is a delicious and nutritious meal you can enjoy year-round. 

Raley’s carries only sustainably sourced seafood.    

At Raley’s, we’ve been sourcing 100% sustainable seafood since 2017, and we also offer wild-caught options. To accomplish this, we work with trusted vendors and independent auditors who verify the source of our seafood. We want all customers, today and in the future, to enjoy seafood sourced sustainably from trusted fisheries.    

Whether you grill tender fresh tuna or barbecue marinated trout, Raley’s, Raley’s O-N-E Market, Bel Air and Nob Hill stores are stocked with fresh and frozen sustainably sourced seafood. 

Satisfy all your summer seafood cravings by shopping in-store or online at shop.raleys.com.