Travel the world without ever leaving the comfort of your own kitchen (or backyard) with our favorite international grilling recipes.
Grilled Seafood and Chorizo PaellaOur international grilling journey begins in Spain, where the food is just as colorful and beautiful as the people who live there. Few dishes are as dramatic as an enormous paella, rich with saffron-scented rice and a variety of shellfish. Building it layer by layer at the grill is pure theater. We won’t lie; this dish isn’t easy on the wallet and requires a lot of time—about 2 hours from start to finish. However, the end result is well worth the extra effort!
Grilled Tuna Salad NiçoiseJump over to Spain's neighboring country for a quintessentially French salad. Grilling the potatoes and tuna contributes great flavor to this lunchtime favorite, and the lemony Caper Vinaigrette adds brightness. This dish is reminiscent of a lovely afternoon spent picnicking in the French countryside.
Grilled Beer-cooked SausagesHead to Germany next for sausages simmered in the country's beverage of choice. It's beer, of course! Use a medium-to-heavy-bodied ale (preferably German) to give the meat its best flavor. The onions take on a lot of the ale's flavor, including its slight bitterness. We love these smeared with coarse-grain mustard on crusty rolls.
Garlicky Clam Grilled PizzaNext stop, Italy! This recipe is inspired by the sun-soaked seaside cities of Italy, where seafood is abundant and unbelievably fresh. No sauce is needed for this pie. The buttery, garlicky clams and a touch of Parmigiano-Reggiano is all you need to create an Italian masterpiece.
Chicken Souvlaki with TzatzikiMake your way from Italy to the white sands of the Mediterranean, an area lauded for its healthy, simple cuisine. In Greece, souvlaki is a popular fast food consisting of skewered meat or vegetables. It is either eaten out of hand or stuffed into a pita sandwich with tzatziki, a tangy yogurt sauce. Try it for yourself and see what all the rage is about.
Grilled Grape Leaves Stuffed with Sausage and Goat CheesePop over to Greece's neighbor, Turkey, and you'll find a plethora of Mediterranean staples peppered with Middle Eastern influences. Stuffed grape leaves are just as popular here as they are in Greece, and you'll find them stuffed with a variety of grains, meats and spices. This version is filled with sausage, goat cheese and fresh herbs, then grilled to perfection.
Grilled Apricot-stuffed Leg of LambSwing by Morocco for a stuffed meat dish that's sure to impress your friends and relatives. The dried apricots swell and soften with the Moroccan-spiced juices of the lamb as it slowly grills over indirect heat. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, don't feel the need to cancel your dinner plans! This recipe can also be roasted in the oven, and the results are just as fantastic.
Chicken Tikka MasalaThe origins of this dish are somewhat disputed in the culinary world. Chicken tikka--chicken marinated in spicy yogurt and charred in a tandoor--has origins in India. So do the spices in the masala sauce. But chicken tikka masala as it stands today is not traditional in Indian cuisine. Most food historians point to the U.K. to explain how the two parts of the dish (tikka and masala) came together. You don't have to choose sides, but you should definitely try this divine dish.
Lamb Burgers with Indian Spices and Yogurt-Mint SauceIndia, a country that is home to more than a billion people, boasts rich history, breathtaking architecture, and... burgers? That's right, but don't even think about topping these spiced lamb burgers with American cheese and ketchup. Vadouvan is an Indian condiment made by cooking onions, shallots, and garlic until deeply caramelized, then flavoring them with a combination of toasted dried spices. A refreshing yogurt-mint sauce ties eveything together.
Mahimahi with Thai Green CurryOur journey east continues to the cultural and culinary mecca of Thailand. Green curry is flavored with coconut milk, basil and chilies. Grilling both the fish and bell peppers really enhances the flavor of this dish, making it a true pleasure for the senses. Its intoxicating aroma just might draw the neighbors into your yard, so be sure to make plenty extra!
Vietnamese-style Steak SaladVietnam is visually dramatic, feautring miles of crashing coastline, craggy rock faces and lush, green hills. It is also home to some of the most delicious (yet highly underrated) Asian cuisine. In this recipe, lemongrass nicely complements the clean flavor of grass-fed steak. Toss the flavorful meat together with thin noodles, cruncy veggies and a bright vinaigrette, and you've got a winning combination.
Grilled Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork KabobsOur next stop is China, a country that is both impeccably modern yet charmingly antique, with a delectable cuisine to boot. In this recipe, pork takes on a distinctively Chinese flavor when bathed in a pineapple-soy marinade, skewered and grilled with fresh pineapple and veggies, then drizzled with sweet-and-sour sauce.
Korean-Style Beef TacosIn between China and Japan lies the compact country South Korea, where bold flavors and fermented condiments reign supreme. Korean barbecue has become especially popular in the United States, having been spotted on the menus of food trucks and fine dining restaurants alike. Try fusion cuisine at its best with this inventive recipe, featuring Korean barbecued flank steak and Mexico's favorite street food. Top these tacos with quick-pickled cabbage, a play on Korea's most loved condiment, and enjoy.
Salmon ShioyakiThe final stop on our tour of Asia is Japan, where the food is as nourishing as it is beautiful. Adventurous grillers, why not add shioyaki—Japanese for "salt-grilled"—to your repertoire? This technique, also the name of the dish, creates salmon with an umami-flavored crust and a crispy skin. Don't be afraid to break out the chopsticks!
Jamaican Ribs with Sticky Rum BBQ SauceNext, head to the Caribbean islands for sun-drenched sands, congenial company and unbeatable barbecue. Incorporate Jamaican flavors into your next cook-out by seasoning baby back ribs with spicy jerk seasoning, marinating in rum, and basting with a tangy brown sugar and rum sauce. You'll be hearing steel drums and smelling the salt air in no time!
Stuffed Cuban Pork TenderloinExperience a taste of Cuba with this flavorful dish, inspired by the classic Cuban sandwich. Stuff pork tenderloin with mustard, cilantro, Swiss cheese, and pickles and grill until done. While the pork is cooking, add fresh vegetables to the grill for a complete meal.
Tacos Al Pastor with Grilled Pineapple SalsaIn Mexico, tacos al pastor typically include meat that has been marinated in a combination of dried chiles, spices and pineapple. The juice from the pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, making the meat delightfully tender. This recipe utilizes pineapple in both the marinade and a spicy-sweet salsa for topping the tacos.
Cedar-Planked SalmonNext we return to the homeland, specifically to the Pacific Northwest, where fresh seafood abounds. Cooking fish atop wood planks is believed to have its roots here. The technique was most likely coined by the indiginous Native Americans, and remains a popular cooking method in the area today. This recipe is unbelievably simple, yet the flavor it yields is incomparable.
Burger with Bourbon and BBQ SauceYou'll need to head just south of the Mason-Dixon line for this one. This bodacious burger is truly a Southern triple threat--loaded with bacon, BBQ, and bourbon. It wears its American heritage with pride, making it perfect for an Independence Day cook-out.
Grilled Maine LobstersOur international grilling tour ends close to home. This New England favorite is simple, nostalgic and great for feeding a crowd. Be sure to serve with a generous squeeze of lemon, rich butter sauce and a tall, cold beer. Cue the summer sunset.