Grouper Grill Recipes

With your preferred sides, grilling grouper is a quick and simple seafood dinner recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.

We have a few favorites on rotation, including haddock, Chilean sea bass, and grouper, depending on the season and what is available. We enjoy seafood and fish at least once or twice a week.

The most popular methods of cooking grouper are frying or grilling it. Grouper is a saltwater fish that is frequently found around the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. The taste of fish varies depending on its habitat; some are mild tasting while other varieties can have a more flavorful kick.

Snapper has white flesh and red skin, giving it a slightly pink texture. Snapper has a mild taste but a prominent sweeter flavor. Grouper is different from snapper in that it has a distinctive and mild flavor.

Heat a grill on medium to medium high heat. Stir the zest and juice of one key lime into the softened butter. Brush Key lime butter on each grouper fillet and season with salt & pepper. Place fillets on the grill and cook approximately 6 minutes per side.
  1. Season. Generously season the 2 pounds of grouper fillets with the 2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning and 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence, making sure that all sides are coated. …
  2. Prep the Grill. …
  3. Grease the Grill. …
  4. Continue to Grill. …
  5. Grill the Lemons. …
  6. Rest and Serve.

How to make Grouper on the grill

Paul’s Grilled Grouper 🔗

This is a South Louisiana secret … and a great way to grill fish that leaves you worry-free. Not only does this make for easier fish cleaning, but the scales keep the fish from drying out while on the grill. Fish cooked this way consistently results in juicy, moist fillets.

Prep: 0 25min0

Total: 0 40min0

Serving Size: 1 of 14 servings

Nutrition Facts: servingSize 1 of 14 servings, calories 274, Fat 17g, Saturated Fat 4g, Carbohydrate 6g, Fiber 2g, Sugar 2g, Protein 25g, Cholesterol 54mg, Sodium 395mg


  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon Essence, recipe follows
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (3 1/2 to 4 pound) grouper, fillets removed with scales intact
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs, such as tarragon, thyme, basil or chives
  • Arugula and Orange Salad, recipe follows
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 2 cups arugula, cleaned
  • 2 cups baby spinach, cleaned
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 orange, supremed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  2. In a small bowl combine the butter, garlic, Parmesan, Essence, and olive oil and whisk to combine.
  3. Lay the fillets on the grill, scale side down, and brush generously with the melted butter mixture. Close the grill cover and cook for 3 minutes. Open and brush again with the melted butter mixture. Repeat this process until the flesh is firm and opaque, for a total cooking time of about 12 to 15 minutes for this size fish. The last minute of cooking time, sprinkle with the fresh herbs. Remove from the grill and serve immediately with Arugula and Orange Salad.
  4. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
  5. Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.
  6. In a large salad bowl, combine the arugula, spinach, red onion, and orange segments.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, orange juice, and vinegar. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the oil. Whisk until emulsified and season with salt and pepper.


Can I put fish directly on the grill?

To cook grouper on the stovetop, first coat the fillets in flour and seasoning, then cook them in a pan with some olive oil over medium-high heat for 4 minutes on each side. To bake or broil grouper, first place the fillets in a baking dish and top them with a mixture of lemon juice, butter, and seasonings.

How do you grill whole grouper?

Per inch of fish, the general rule is to allow 8-10 minutes of grill time, so if your fish is two inches in thickness, grill each side for about six to eight minutes. If searing is not on your grilling game plan, simply place the fish skin side down directly on the grate.

Is grilled grouper healthy?

Having a high concentration of vitamin D, iron, magnesium, and some B-complex vitamins, grouper boasts a high level of many vitamins and minerals necessary for your body’s proper operation.

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