Grilled Grouper with Orange and Olives
Savor the season with easy Grilled Grouper along with Grilled Oranges, Red Onions, and Olives, served with a cool glass of white wine! Grilled to perfection, this grouper recipe has a smoky char on the outside and a flaky, moist inside!
Why We Love This Grilled Grouper Recipe
Big juicy fillets of grilled fish are one of my absolute favorite things to serve. A tender piece of Grilled Grouper, slightly charred on the outside, yet moist and flaky on the inside, a fresh cool salad, and a nice glass of wine are all it takes to make any evening feel like an occasion.
This simple Mediterranean dish is both rustic and elegant, with its sweet citrus notes, briny olives, and punch of onion.
It’s a dish I can whip out in minutes and still feel like I’m serving something special. It makes the best quick weeknight dinner! Plus, cooking fish on the grill infuses it with a bolder flavor.
All summer meals should be so accommodating. However, if you are willing to grill year-round, this recipe makes a fabulous addition to your holiday lineup!
Ingredients You Need
- Whole Grouper Filet – go for a whole grouper fillet to grill it all at once and serve it as a showstopper!
- Red Onions – in whole large slices
- Oranges – we will use the zest, and whole oranges too!
- Olive Oil
- Garlic – freshly minced
- Olives – small, briney olives like kalamata olives
- Salt & Pepper – to taste
How to Make Grilled Grouper with Oranges and Olives
Preheat the grill to high heat. Pat the grouper fillet(s) dry and then drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. About 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper should do, but you can increase based on your taste. Then zest 1-2 oranges over the top of the grouper. Gently rub the grouper on both sides to distribute the orange zest, garlic, and seasoning.
Slice the oranges and onions. Grill the grouper for 4 minutes per side on medium-high heat, carefully flipping with two spatulas, so the fillet doesn’t break. Tent with foil, then grill the oranges and onions for 1 minute per side. You want to cook it until the fish flakes when you stick it with a fork!
Place the grilled grouper on a platter with the grilled onions, oranges, and olives. Serve warm.
Pro Tip: Grilled fish is best when it’s just barely cooked through. Overcooking your fish results in a dry, less-than-desirable, meal. A complete waste of good fish in my opinion. Try grilling the fresh grouper for just 3-4 mins per side. Check to make sure the edges of the grilled grouper are flaky, but the thickest part still seems soft.
Tips & Tricks
- The thing to remember about any grilled fish recipe is that just undercooked fish tastes way better than overcooked fish.
- Make sure to clean the grill grates. Consider brushing them with oil, so the fish pulls away from the grill easily. You can also use a wire fish basket or fish grate to make handling the fish easier, or cook the fish in a foil packet instead.
- Then allow the fish to rest under aluminum foil for at least 3-5 minutes so the fillet can slowly finish cooking, off the heat.
- Once the oranges and onions are charred a little bit, serve them with the grouper and a liberal sprinkling of olives.
This is a feast fit for your most lavish summer party… Yet easy enough to pull off in the next 15 minutes.
If you aren’t a fan of oranges and olives, this grilled grouper would go amazingly with some fresh mango and peach salsa!
Frequently Asked Questions
Grouper is a great option, but so is halibut, cod, sea bass, or any other firm white fish.
Grouper is a mild, white fish that tastes somewhere in between the taste of halibut and sea bass! Due to its subtle flavor, it takes on the flavors of whatever you season it with!
Grouper should be cooked to 145 degrees F! You can use a meat thermometer to check the temperature, but remember to take it off the grill at around 140 degrees F so that it can finish cooking while it rests. For more tips, follow my Fish Cooking 101 post!
The grouper’s mild flavor is well balanced with oranges and olives, no other ingredients are needed. However, if you want to mix things up, consider adding in another citrus like fresh lemon or lime slices, or lime juice squeezed over the top, melted butter, cayenne pepper instead of black pepper, freshly chopped parsley, sliced shallots, thyme, garlic powder or paprika.
Looking for More Fish Recipes? Be Sure to Also Try:
- Parmesan Crusted Salmon
- Brown Butter Seared Halibut
- Lemon Pepper Grilled Cod
- Baja Fish Tacos
- Pesto Salmon
Grilled Grouper Recipe with Oranges and Olives
- Preheat the grill to high heat. Pat the grouper fillet dry then drizzle with olives oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt and pepper. Then zest 1-2 oranges over the top of the grouper. Gently rub the grouper on both sides to distribute the orange zest, garlic and seasoning.
- Slice the oranges and onions. Grill the grouper for about 4 minutes per side, carefully flipping with two spatulas, so the fillet doesn't break. Tent with foil, then grill the oranges and onions for 1 minute per side.
- Place the grouper on a platter with the grilled onions, oranges and olives. Serve warm.