How to Grill Small Fish

Grilling small fish like sardines, red mullet, and mackerel can be quick and delicious. Here’s how to do it right:

Selecting the Right Small Fish

  • Best Choices: Gobies, red mullet, horse mackerel, mackerel, sardines.
  • Size: Ideal weight is around 150-200 grams. Sardines are often smaller.

Grilling Instructions

  1. Preparation:
    • Ensure the coals are lively and grayish.
    • Preheat and oil the grill grate.
    • Lightly oil and salt the fish just before grilling.
  2. Cooking:
    • Grill fish weighing up to 200 grams for 7-10 minutes total.
    • Grill sardines for about 3 minutes. Slightly thicker sardines may need a bit more time.
    • Turn fish once when they release easily from the grill. Use a wide spatula to avoid damage.
  3. Special Tips:
    • Use a double-sided grill basket for sardines to prevent them from falling through the grate.
    • Avoid flipping fish multiple times to keep them intact.

Equipment Suggestions

  • Double-sided grill basket: Perfect for delicate fish.
  • Quality charcoal: Ensures even cooking and enhances flavor.