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Help Cooking Fish Please

bbqdivabbqdiva Posts: 192
edited 8:50AM in EggHead Forum
O.K. Eggers....I've been avoiding two huge gorgeous golden tile fillets (a friend fishes but wife won't cook fish, lucky me) in my fridge for two days now, because I don't want to "mess' em up".[p]I've decided I want to stuff them with a crab,spinach, ricotta cheese, herb stuffing. I'll lay one fillet on a plank, then the other on top and stuff them. I've never used a plank before. This is a huge fish, each fillet is around 17-18 inches long with thicknesses of almost an inch. I'm going to baste it the Almondine Butter :-)[p]Question: How or if to use plank, how long to cook, what temp?[p]Thanks again for expanding my knowledge base x-D[p]Tish


  • Hi bbqdiva,
    I'm no expert and have only one fish cook on the Egg and it was at the Florida Eggfest. I had no idea how to cook fish on the Egg but have cooked it for years on the old webber gasser. My Mahi Mahi filets were about 1.25" thick and 3-4" square, dusted with some dizzy pig and diret cook at 300 dome for about 15 minuites. I had no problem getting rid of the samples at the Eggfest and many people had to know how I cooked the fish.
    With thick filets you can check for doness by pushing into the center with your finger and if it springs back up it is still not ready but if the dimple stays down it is ready.
    My wife will only eat fish that is well done on the gasser but the fish one the egg was not well done and she loved it.
    Fish cooks fast and if you think it is done it is.
    I thought it was my best ever fish!!!
    Hope all this helps.
    Jupiter Jim

  • bbqdivabbqdiva Posts: 192
    heya Jupiter Jim,[p]Did you cook that directly on the grate & did you use any wood chips?[p]Thanks ;-)

  • bbqdiva,
    Direct on the grate and no wood chips. Those long felits will be hard to handle direct on the great. If you plank them they would be easy to handle. If you go direct cut to a size that will fit on your spatula.
    Jupiter Jim

  • QBabeQBabe Posts: 2,275
    bbqdiva,[p]Get your grill into the 400 - 500 range. You want it hot in there and the plank will protect the fish. [p]You won't need any additional wood, as your plank will BE your smoke flavor. Alder plands are great with most fish, cedar is great with salmon. Don't have any idea what a tile fish is, though, so can't make any suggestions on the wood suggestion there. Lay the fish on the plank, do whatever you intend to do for prep of the fish. Your fish will take maybe 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness, how hot the grill is, etc. Use Jupiter Jim's finger test as a guide. [p]I'd be careful with the ricotta. If you don't have a way to open and close a pocket to stuff it in, the cheese will all melt out on you if it's just sandwiched together. I think you'd do better with the crab, spinich and herb stuffing and making a cheesy sauce to serve with, but just my 2 cents.[p]Planked fish is great. It will likely burn the heck out of the bottom of the plank, but it gives an awesome flavor to the fish and it makes a wonderful presentation when you pull that fish off the cooker and take it right in and serve directly off the plank. If you decide to go with the sauce, spoon a little bit on the top and sprinkle with some fresh herbs just as you serve it. Put the rest of the sauce in a bowl for the guests to use as they wish. [p]Maybe I'll have to get some fish today! Now I'm hungry for it![p]We missed you in Ocala last weekend. Was hoping to meet you.[p]Tonia

  • bbqdivabbqdiva Posts: 192
    Heya QBabe,[p]Thanks Tonia, printing this as we speak. I'll take your suggestion and make a creamy ricotta cheese sauce on the side. The plank I have is cedar. I have been told that golden tile is akin to grouper, similar in look, texture and taste, if that helps.[p]I hated I couldn't make it to Ocala myself. I had company from North Carolina that weekend. :-( Well, I'll mark that weekend off for next year for sure.[p]I'll take pictures of this cook. This is my first large fish and plank adventure :P !
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,769
    bbqdiva,[p]Tile Fish[p]Even has a recipe :) Cedar might be a little much for it if they are right about it tasting like Scallops and Lobster.[p]
  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,925
    bbqdiva,[p]where have you been lately? We've missed your participation here girl.
  • Michael BMichael B Posts: 986
    bbqdiva,[p]I would also soak the plank for a couple hours before you put the fish on it.
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