14 Grilled Seafood Recipes to Cook All Summer Long

Lobster, Shrimp, Fish Kebabs, and More

Grilled jumbo shrimp.

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Want to wow guests at your summer cookout parties? Seafood—from shrimp, scallops, and lobster tails to your favorite fish —is the perfect way to show off your grilling skills with little extra effort. Amp up your seafood of choice with flavorful marinades, cook them quickly over a hot, well-oiled grill, and you simply can't go wrong.

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    Tequila Lime Shrimp

    Shrimp with limes
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    Get the grilling party started with sweet shrimp kebabs marinated in a tequila-lime marinade made with garlic and cumin for a nice hit of spice. They only need three or four minutes on the grill and make a great hand-held party appetizer.

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    Grilled Onion-Butter Cod

    Grilled Onion-Butter Cod

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    Cod fillets are flavored with a gorgeous butter and wine sauce that gets tons of flavor from lightly-poached onions. The fish is cooked quickly on a well-oiled grill to create a sophisticated summer entrée. Serve with steamed baby potatoes and wilted spinach greens as a complete meal.

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    Moroccan Grilled Fish Kebabs

    Moroccan Grilled Fish Kebabs

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    Kebabs are a wonderful way to enjoy seafood on the grill. Moroccan spices bring a brilliant depth of flavor to any mild white fish you choose to grill. Serve these fish skewers as a cookout appetizer or make them a complete meal with rice and grilled veggies.

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    Grilled Lobster Tails

    Grilled lobster tails recipe

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    What could be more elegant than succulent grilled lobster tails? Learn to cook them 'til just tender with a simple recipe that calls for a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and fresh dill.

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    Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Scallops With Lemon Aioli

    Bacon Wrapped Scallops

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    Bacon-wrapped scallops are a cocktail party standby. Here, meaty scallops are wrapped in bacon and grilled on skewers to form a cookout dish that guests will fight over. The addition of creamy, zingy homemade lemon aioli takes this app over the top.

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    Grilled Shrimp Tacos

    Grilled Shrimp Tacos

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    Cooking over hot coals adds just the right flavor to these grilled shrimp tacos. They are coated with spices, grilled, and served on warm corn or flour tortillas and topped with spicy aioli, cotija cheese, and spicy slaw.

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    Grilled Bourbon Tuna Steaks

    Grilled Bourbon Tuna Steaks

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    Tuna steaks have a satisfying texture that makes them a great alternative to red meat. This tasty recipe cooks them on the grill with a sweet-and-spicy bourbon-honey sauce that's so delectable, you will want to use it for all your grilled veggies, too.

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    Grilled Crab

    Grilled Crab

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    Grilled crab makes an impressive statement as a cookout party main. This recipe walks you through the process of using an outdoor grill and just a few other simple ingredients to make the most of crab's natural sweetness. You can use fresh or thawed frozen shellfish depending on what's available.

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    Grilled Jumbo Shrimp With Lemon-Herb Marinade

    Grilling jumbo shrimp.

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    Jumbo shrimp take a quick dip in an herbaceous marinade before a brief turn on the grill. They are ready to eat when they're bright pink, in just two to three minutes. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing.

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    Grilled Sea Bass Marinated in Sake

    Sea bass over veggies

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    Sea bass is a popular restaurant fish that's easy to prepare and cooks in a flash. In this make-ahead recipe, fish fillets are marinated overnight in Japanese sake wine and other Asian flavorings, then cooked quickly on the grill. Serve with grilled vegetables or a warm quinoa salad.

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    Grilled Oysters

    Grilled Oysters

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    The grill is a great way to cook oysters and this tasty recipe is a great introduction for beginners to the briny shellfish. Just keep a close eye on the oysters and remove them from the grill as soon as they open. Serve with a squeeze of lemon or hot sauce.

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    Lime and Basil Tilapia

    Lime and Basil Tilapia

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    Fresh basil and zesty lime juice infuse mild tilapia fillets with plenty of flavors in a recipe that cooks on your grill in under five minutes. Use them for fish tacos or as a health-conscious summer dinner with steamed rice and green vegetables.

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    Thai-Style Grilled Scallops With Mango and Red Pepper

    Thai-Style Grilled Scallops With Mango and Red Pepper

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    In-season mangoes or peaches and fresh red bell pepper add beautiful sweetness and crunch to grilled skewered scallops that are dressed in a Thai-inspired vinaigrette. Serve as a party app with extra sauce on the side for dipping or as an entrée with Thai-style coconut rice.

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    Cilantro Lime Halibut

    Cilantro Lime Halibut

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    Thick halibut fillets are basted with a rich butter sauce flavored with cilantro and lime in this fabulous grilled fish recipe. Enjoy it solo as an entrée or use it for fish tacos — it'll blend beautifully with classic Mexican seasonings.