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Grilled Triggerfish

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 20 mins

MAKES 4 servings

Grilling adds smoky flavor fast. Follow our Expert Advice to flip fillets effortlessly.


  • 4 (6 oz.) triggerfish fillets
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Strawberry-Blueberry Relish

How to Make It

  1. Pat fillets dry with paper towels, and let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Meanwhile, coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and preheat grill to 400° (medium high) heat.

    Grilled Triggerfish

    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

  2. Brush both sides of fish with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place fish on grate, and grill, covered with grill lid, 4 minutes or until grill marks appear and fish no longer sticks to grate.

  3. Carefully turn fish over, using a metal spatula, and grill, without grill lid, 2 minutes or just until fish separates into moist chunks when gently pressed. Serve with Strawberry-Blueberry Relish.

  4. GRILLING IS BEST FOR: Thin fillets or steaks that are 1/2 to 1 inch thick, such as triggerfish, tilapia, mahi mahi, tuna, swordfish, and trout.

  5. EXPERT ADVICE: First, make sure your grill is clean and hot. Flip once, and don't rush. The fish is ready to turn when it releases easily from the grate without tugging or tearing.