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Seafood grill ideas

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Grilled crabs are a summer favorite
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These seafood grill ideas offer a delicious alternative to burgers and steaks

Now that summer is officially upon us, many cooks will be dragging their grills into the sunshine, cleaning them up and grilling up a storm. If you have never grilled fish or seafood, pay attention because I am going to school you!

Below are some of the more interesting seafood grill ideas I have discovered on my quest for the best dinners from the great outdoors.

Donít let the hard shell fool you

Marylandís crabs are so great that in 1989, the state named the Maryland Blue Crab the State Crustacean. Check out Maryland jumbo crabs if you want the juiciest, meatiest crabs available. Many people only think of steaming crab, but with a good marinade, grilled crab is a tantalizing alternative.

Steam the crab first in boiling water as usual, and then remove the shell, the gills and the entrails. Brush the exposed meat with your favorite marinade as it is grilling and cook until the leg meat is opaque. When done, serve on a plate with the remaining marinade poured over the top.

Grilling works 

There are dozens of seafood grill ideas. Grilling in general is a great way to cook when the heat is on and you are hanging around by the pool or beach all day. Any type of fish or seafood can be marinated and then thrown on a grill. It will look as if you are a world-class chef to your friends and family. You can also grill your fish or seafood plain without any marinade. When done, add some melted butter and lemon to top it off when it comes off the heat or drizzle with a little good olive oil.

Try grilling in foil to preserve the juices if you are going to grill sans marinade. Make sure to leave a little room for air to circulate in your foil packets.

Shrimp on the Barbie

Marinated grilled shrimp is similar to grilling crab. The difference is you have to devein the small gems, but you can leave the shells on if you prefer making it less time-consuming for the cook. This recipe calls for a combination of seasonings, oil and vinegar, and tomato sauce in the marinade. The shrimp are lined up on a skewer after they come out of the marinade and then lined up on the grill rack. When the shrimp is pink, itís ready to eat.

A Different Type of Steak

When we think of steak, we think of it coming from a four-legged creature, but have you tried fish steak? This recipe for Fish Steaks with Grilled Fennel, Red Peppers, and Onions 
is a nice change from red meat and does not have to be marinated before you put it on the grill.

Simply brush each steak with the marinade and grill until cooked through. This would also work in the foil packets mentioned above. The trick is not to overcook the fish or it will come out a little tougher than you want it to be. You should be able to push it in the center and get just the slightest resistance to know it is ready to eat.

If you want to try something different from the usual burgers and hot dogs on the grill this summer, try some of these seafood grill ideas and perk up your meals. Whether it is crab, shrimp or different types of fish, grilling can keep you out of the heat of the kitchen and always satisfies your dinner guests.

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