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Soy Grilled Fish

Soy Grilled Fish
Yield:   4-6 servings
Cook Time:   4-15 minutes, depending on cuts of fish
Tips:   Any panfish (fish that will easily fit into a frying pan) can be used with this recipe.
Suggestion:   Delicious with a side of rice and vegetables.
Soy Grilled Fish is fabulous way to prepare any panfish (any fish that will comfortably fit into a frying pan or skillet). The photo above shows this grilled fish recipe
made with tilapia fillets, but other fish such as halibut, cod, swordfish, salmon or other fish will work wonderfully as well. This dish is amazingly quick and easy, with the most time being spent firing up your outdoor grill. Your favorite fish fillets are first brushed with a tangy and sweet sauce made with soy, garlic, ginger and a small amount of sugar. They are then grilled on your open grill over hot coals (you can also use an indoor grill, though outdoor grills add a wonderful smokey flavor). The fillets are basted with more of the sauce while cooking, until the fish is tender and flaky. Keep in mind, that the thickness of the fillets and the temperature of the coals will determine the cooking time. The tilapia fillets shown in the above photo took about 4 minutes per side, while thicker fillets might take up to 7 minutes per side.



  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sherry, sake or bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 4-6 small whole panfish, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 talbespoons oil


If using a charcoal grill, light up coals. While coals are heating up, prepare marinade for fish.

Arrange fish in a baking pan or large dish. In a small mixing bowl, stir together soy sauce, sherry (or sake or bouillon), sugar, ginger and galic. Brush marinade over fish and allow to stand for about 30 minutes or until coals are hot.

Grease your grill (brush with oil or spray with cooking spray, being careful not to spray into hot coals) or place fish in hinged basket. When coals are hot, brush fish again with marinade and place on grill. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until bottoms are browned (be careful to not burn fish). Brush uncooked sides of fish with oil, then turn and continue grilling for about 5-10 minutes longer, turning once or twice and basting with marinade and oil as needed to cook evenly on both sides. Cook only until fish flakes easily with a fork.

If desired, serve with additional soy sauce.

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