Yes, You Can Cook Seafood on the Grill!

Have you heard the rumor that seafood is difficult to grill? If you have, don’t believe it! Grilling seafood is simple and delicious! You can cook any seafood you like on the grill, from shrimp and clams to tilapia and tuna steaks. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite seafood to grill.

grilled shrimp, new london ctShrimp

Grilled shrimp is a perfect last-minute meal. Shrimp absorbs the flavor of a marinade in minutes. The grill’s high heat will cook shrimp in just 2 to 6 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp. This is one of our favorite recipes for grilled shrimp tacos. Just don’t leave the shrimp in the marinade too long unless you want to make ceviche (the acid in a marinade will begin to cook the shrimp if it sits in it for more than 30 minutes).

Clams & Oysters

You can cook clams and oysters directly on the grill. Be sure to keep a close eye on them. Clams and oysters don’t cook as quickly as shrimp by they can dry out fast on the grill. You will know they are done when the shell pops open and the meat inside looks cooked but not dry (5 to 10 minutes depending on the size). If you don’t want to lose any of their savory briny liquor, try cooking them on the grill in a cast-iron skillet! Bon Appetit’s clams with spicy tomato broth and garlic mayo is a great recipe to start with.

Whole Fish

If you love eating fish with crispy, golden skin, try grilling a whole fish this summer! The trick to grilling whole fish is to make sure the grate is clean and freshly greased. Use a paper towel to pat the outside of the fish dry so that the skin will crisp up.

Fish Steaks

Salmon steaks and tuna steaks are practically cut for the grill. These hearty fish taste excellent paired with Asian marinades and savory sauces. Fish steaks don’t cook as quickly as shrimp, but you won’t have to wait more than 10 minutes to serve these mouthwatering entrees.


If you are a shrimp fan, try grilling scallops too! These often-overlooked bivalves have a similar taste and texture to shrimp. The easiest way to grill scallops is to thread them onto sets of two skewers (so they won’t spin when you pick them up). These bacon-wrapped scallops are perfect for summer gatherings.

Fresh Live Lobster, marlborough, ctLobster Tails

You can wow your company or give yourself a treat by throwing lobster tails on the grill! All you need is lemon juice, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and fresh dill to make these divine grilled lobster tails. In less than 10 minutes, they’ll be ready to dip into melted butter and melt in your mouth.

You’ll find the best seafood for your summer cookouts at City Fish Market. We offer live Maine lobster by the pound, King crabs and snow crabs, a large selection of oysters, clams and mussels, and shrimp of all sizes, along with a large variety of sustainably caught and farmed dark meat fish, white meat fish, and sport fish. Stop by to find out why home cooks and chefs throughout southern New England rely on us for the finest quality seafood!

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