How do you keep your fish from sticking to the grill?

We grill salmon and other fish approximately 3-4 times a week in the summer and 2-3 times a week during the winter and the best piece of advice is to keep your grill clean, following this guide.  In addition, the following tips for keeping your fish from sticking to the grill come from Kenji Lopez-Alt’s article in Cook’s Illustrated entitled “Foolproof Grilled Salmon Fillets” :

  1. Drying fish fillets keeps moisture on their surface from cooling the cooking grate which theoretically can lead to sticking.
  2. Super-heating the metal grill grate by covering it with aluminum foil that ensures that all stuck-on debris disintegrates.
  3. Seasoning the cooking grate with multiple applications of oil might be the most effective tip. Wipe your grill with a paper towel layered in oil with repeated applications.
  4. Positioning the fish diagonally on the cooking grate creates attractive grill marks and makes flipping easier.

Kenji offers up a number of other tips and a recipe for an almond vinaigrette in the most recent edition of Cook’s Illustrated. Check it out!