Perfect and Simple Grilled Fish Fillets

5 from 2 reviews

Ever wonder how to get perfectly flaky grilled fish fillets on the grill? This recipe is the simplest and best way to grill just about any firm white fish!

Welcome summer! When you combine a few pounds of beautiful fish fillets, amazing seasonal produce, and the grill, you are in for one simple yet perfect dinner. This recipe for simple grilled fish fillets is amazing. It takes about 5 minutes to prep, 7 minutes on the grill, and you are done. I can’t wait for you to try it. Add a side of watermelon, some corn on the cob, and fresh green beans and you’ll have dinner done in about 30 minutes with little to no effort! This is one of my ideal healthy simple meals and I could eat it once a week for the rest of my life and die a happy woman.

What I love too, is that you can literally pair it with just about anything that you have on hand and want to use. I like recipes like this because then I can hit up the farmer’s market or my garden, pick gorgeous fruits and vegetables and use them for the sides to this really simple but delicious main dish grilled fish recipe. It’s simple, it’s classic, and it’s always a hit in this house.

Ever wonder how to get perfectly flaky grilled fish fillets on the grill? This recipe is the simplest and best way to grill just about any firm white fish!

Tips and Tricks for Making Grilled Fish Fillets:

  • You have a lot of options when it comes to what kind of fish to grill. I tend to stick with less expensive fish like tilapia, catfish, cod, and pollock. All of these firm white fish are mild tasting and really easy to throw on the grill.
  • Don’t under salt this recipe and don’t forget the lemon. Because it is so simple, they really bring the needed acid and salt to a simple fish recipe.
  • When buying fish I like to find wild caught fish and I prefer when they are individually sealed if frozen. That way I can take just the few I need out of the freezer while the rest stay frozen. I have great luck buying high quality fish at Costco.
  • Don’t skimp on the oil. It help the fish to not stick the grill.
  • No outdoor grill? I’ve had great luck making this recipe on a grill pan inside.
  • I love this fish recipe with really simple sides like corn, green beans, and watermelon. It’s also great with a side of crusty bread, with some simple Santa Fe Rice, any of these 8 pasta salad recipe, or served with roasted vegetables. You can’t go wrong with any of those!

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Perfect and Simple Grilled Fish Fillets

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x


Ever wonder how to get perfectly flaky grilled fish on the grill? This recipe is the simplest and best way to grill just about any firm white fish!



  • 1 firm white fish, I used Louisiana Drum (about 4 large fillets)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Good quality olive oil, about ½ cup
  • Additional coarse sea salt
  • 1 or 2 lemons cut into wedges
  • ½ cup chopped parsley, optional


  1. Rinse the fish and lay it onto paper towels. Use the paper towels to pat the fish dry and place the fillets on a wire rack (a baking or cooling rack placed inside of a baking sheet works great to catch any drips and spills).
  2. Sprinkle half the salt and half the pepper over the fish. Carefully drizzle half of the olive oil over the seasoned fish. Using a pastry brush or your fingers, evenly distribute the oil all over that side of the fish. Flip the fish over on the rack and repeat with remaining salt, pepper, and oil. Let the fish rest and marinade while you fire up the grill.
  3. Turn your grill on to high and allow it to heat for 5 to 10 minutes until the grill is very hot. Carry the fish out and open the lid to the grill, it should be very hot. Use a brush to scrap the grill grate clean and then lower the temperature to low. Place the fish on the grill, close the lid, and leave the fish to cook with the lid closed, without turning for 7 to 10 minutes (chances are really good your fish will be done right at 7 minutes unless it is very thick, check it 7 minutes!).
  4. The fish should be white and flakey when you test it with the end of a paring knife. Using a metal spatula remove from the grill.
  5. Sprinkle with additional sea salt and lemon juice before serving and then serve with additional lemon slices and chopped parsley to suit individual tastes (the first squeeze of lemon isn’t optional, it makes it amazing, but additional lemon and parsley are up to you or your guests. I didn’t feel like this tasty dish needed anything extra because it was excellent as it was).


  • You can use this cooking method for just about any firm white fish such as catfish, tilapia, pollock, and cod.
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: fish fillets recipe, easy grilled fish recipe, easy fish recipe, white fish recipe

I can’t wait to hear how this simple grilling method turns out for you. I have done all kinds of things to fish from frying it (always tasty but a little labor intensive) to baking and cooking it in foil. These grilled fish fillets were by far the simplest and best tasting fish I have made. I can’t wait to make it again and plan on putting this into my meal rotation ASAP. Long live the simple and fool-proof yet crazy delicious recipes!

Grilled Fish Fillets

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167 Responses
  1. Krystle

    My favorite seafood recipe is ANY recipe that includes pasta and shrimp!! I love how a quick and nutritious dinner comes together with shrimp, pasta, veggies, and a little sauce.

  2. Natalie

    That is such a tough question to answer because I love seafood! But my favorite seafood recipe would have to be lobster pizza!!

  3. marseille

    The only thing I’ve successfully made is fish in a skillet. I want to try grilling by putting the lemon on the grill then the fish.

  4. Rachel Farnsworth

    I can’t decide if my favorite seafood is swordfish or halibut. I absolutely love both! Oh, and crab if we go for shellfish. I love any and all crab!

  5. Nick McConnaughey

    Lobster Bisque


    a 3-pound live lobster
    1 medium onion
    1 celery rib
    1 carrot
    1 vine-ripened tomato
    1 head garlic
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
    1 bay leaf
    8 black peppercorns
    1/2 cup brandy
    1/2 cup dry Sherry
    4 cups fish stock*
    1/4 cup tomato paste
    1/2 cup heavy cream
    1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
    2 tablespoons water
    *available at fish markets and some specialty foods shops

  6. I actually do not have a fav seafood recipe because I do not eat any type of seafood. I hope that is OK and my answer can still count toward the contest. I am just being honest. 😀 Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Crystal F

    We do simple shrimp alfredo but I think I would like to try the Crab Cake Pasta Salad recipe from their site. Thank you!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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