Grill Blackened Grouper

Grilling season — and grouper season — are upon us once again. And if there are two things that go together, it's grouper and grills. Sure you could slather a fillet with butter an lemon and toss it on the rack, but this blackened recipe is just too good not to. The grill provides the heat and a cast iron skillet provides a hot, even cooking surface that will keep the grouper moist and tender. The charred lemons are the final flourish that give the perfect kick to the presentation.



1⁄4 cup smoked paprika

2 tablespoons dried thyme

2 teaspoons onion powder

11⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt

11⁄2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard

1⁄2 teaspoon ground red pepper

1⁄2 cup butter, melted

2 pounds grouper fillets

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 lemons, halved crosswise


Preheat grill to high heat (400° to 450°). Preheat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet on grill 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, stir together paprika, thyme, onion powder, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, mustard, and red pepper. Pour melted butter in a shallow dish. Dip each fillet in butter, turning to coat. Sprinkle both sides of fillets with spice mixture; pat gently to coat.

Add olive oil to skillet (oil should smoke); place fish in skillet. Cook, covered, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn, and cook, covered, until fish flakes easily with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes more. Carefully remove skillet from grill.

Place lemons cut side down on grill. Cook, covered, until charred, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with fish.

Lighthouse Seafood is a family business, owned and operated by Tim and Heather O'Leary.

They have supplied Central Florida restaurants and residents with prime seafood for more than a decade.

Their commitment is to always have only the freshest seafood for your table.

Grouper  Snapper  Salmon  Shrimp  Tuna  Trout  Halibut  Cod  Stone Crabs  Blue Crabs

King Crab  Snow Crab  Clams  Oysters  Mahi  Swordfish  Florida Lobster  Maine Lobster

101 N. Country Club Rd.

Lake Mary, FL 32746


8780 E CR 466

The Villages, FL 32162