Grilling is a fantastic way to bring out the best in ANY food. Whether cooking a juicy steak or fresh seafood, the proper grilling techniques can make all the difference.
Tredway Pools Plus has you covered with the grills you need and the expert tips to help you elevate your grilling game and cook everything to perfection all summer long
Grilling Techniques for the Perfect Steak
For the perfect steak, start with a high-quality cut of meat at room temperature. Season it generously with salt and pepper.
Preheat your grill to high heat and brush the grates with oil to prevent sticking.
For a medium-rare steak, grill it for about four to five minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the steak. Use tongs to flip the steak and avoid piercing it with a fork, as this can release the juices and dry out the meat.
For a steak that is more done, leave it longer on each side and for less time on each side to achieve a rare cook.
Once the steak is cooked to your desired level of doneness, let it rest for a few minutes before slicing it. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, making for a more flavorful and tender steak.
Grilling Techniques for Perfect Seafood
Grilling seafood can be a bit trickier than grilling other types of meat, but with the correct grilling techniques, you can achieve delicious results. For any kind of seafood, use only fresh, high-quality seafood and ensure it is dry before grilling. Also, make sure to clean and prep your seafood before placing it on the grill. This will help ensure that it cooks evenly and doesn’t stick to the grates.
Crabs and Lobster
When it comes to grilling crabs and lobsters, there are a few key tips to keep in mind. Be mindful of cooking times and temperatures to avoid overcooking or undercooking your seafood. Serve your grilled crabs and lobsters with a side of melted butter and lemon wedges for a classic and delicious seafood feast.
Did you know that you don’t have to shuck oysters before grilling them? In fact, placing them on the grill for a bit is a great way to get them to open more easily while at the same time adding a smoky flavor.
Simply wait for the shells to open, remove the flat-sided shell, then add butter and garlic. Just be mindful to not overcook them, as the oyster meat could become tough and chewy.
When grilling shrimp or other small pieces of seafood, use skewers to keep them from falling through the grates.
For things like fish filets, place them skin-side down first to get a nice sear and prevent the flesh from sticking to the grates.
Don’t forget to add whatever sauces or marinades you like to keep everything juicy and delicious.
Grilling Techniques for the Perfect Vegetables
Grilling is a great way to add smoky flavor to your vegetables.
Cut your vegetables into similar-sized pieces to ensure even cooking. Brush them with oil and season them with salt and pepper before grilling.
Use a grill basket to prevent smaller vegetables like asparagus or cherry tomatoes from falling through the grates. Grill them directly on the grates for larger vegetables like eggplant or zucchini.
Grilling Techniques for the Perfect Chicken
Grilled chicken is a summertime classic; it can be juicy and flavorful with the proper grilling techniques.
Start by marinating your chicken in olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs or another marinade of your choice for at least an hour before grilling. Ideally, you would leave it longer, some marinades even do well leaving it overnight.
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, and brush the grates with oil. Grill the chicken for about 5-6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F.
To add extra flavor to your grilled chicken, try basting it with a barbecue sauce or glaze during the last few minutes of cooking. This will create a caramelized crust and add sweetness and tang to the chicken.
Whatever you are grilling this summer, Tredway experts want to make sure it is impressing everyone who eats your food. Reach out today to get the equipment and tips you need to make your summer delicious.