Lighten Up the Grill

Seafood is a natural choice when you're trying to eat healthfully, and grilling practically guarantees delicious results. Try our four easy recipes that are low in fat but high in flavor.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tomato–Green Onion Relish
Photo: Jean Allsopp; styling by Julia Rutland

 Grilled Shrimp with Asian Barbecue Sauce 

 Grilled Halibut with Lemon-Mint Gremolata 

 Grilled Fish Tacos with Tomato-Green Onion Relish 

 Grilled Salmon and Spinach Salad with Peach Dressing 

 Ready, Set, Grill 
Grilled seafood is low in fat and calories and rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, which may prevent heart disease. Try these tips to keep it light, healthy, and tasty.

• Marinate seafood for 15 to 30 minutes before grill-ing to get great flavor fast.

• Give seafood a rub before it hits the grill. Make your own dry rub or check out the spice section of your supermarket for spiced and herbal choices.

• Clean the grill rack to remove any residue that might cause sticking, and lightly coat the rack with cooking spray before you place it over the fire.

• Cook thin fillets skin-side down when grilling to help keep the fish moist and in one piece. For thicker fillets, which require a longer cooking time, sear flesh-side first, then flip. When the fish is done, it's easy to lift the skin away from the flesh with a spatula.

• Throw some presoaked wood chips on the fire before grilling to add a layer of smoky flavor.

• Enliven grilled seafood with citrus or fresh salsas, which are low-calorie nutrition powerhouses.  

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