Whole Grilled Fish

Nuvita Biscuits

A marinade of beer, paprika and onion powder is put to best use on sustainable whole grilling fish


  • 2 medium whole fish , gutted, scaled and cleaned
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika chilli powder
  • pinch dried thyme
  • 100ml beer of your choice, plus extra to baste
  • 2 limes , 1 sliced, 1 cut into wedges


  1. Make a few slashes in the flesh on either side of the fish with a sharp knife. Mix the onion powder, paprika, thyme and some seasoning with the beer. Pour over the fish and rub into the slashes and cavity. Place the lime slices inside the fishes’ bellies, cover with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for 1 hr.
  2. Heat the grill to medium-high. Place the fish on a tray and grill for 15-20 mins, depending on the size, turning halfway through. Baste the fish with a little beer as it cooks. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over.


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Rassling Fundamentals on Mar 22, 2013

    I just started a low calorie diet today. I went to the grocer and bought some chicken and fish. I was wondering if anyone can give me some ways to prepare them. I don’t have any butter or cooking spray to pan sear the meats and I don’t own a grill to grill the meats either. Any suggestions?

  2. posted by veemodz on Mar 25, 2013

    According to Reader’s Digest, I can:

    a. sprinkle the inside of the whole fish with salt, pepper and lemon juice, then place on a greased grill and brown carefully on both sides. Baste with melted butter and white wine.

    b. sprinkle inside with same mixture as above and then place in a special hinged grill. Baste with a soya sauce basting mix or lemon juice, oil and tarragon. Flip sides after browning on each.

    c. Baste with oil mixed with lemon juice, sugar and white wine and salt and pepper on the inside. Wrap carefully in greased aluminum foil, two layers, and place over the coals to cook.

    I also thought of the rotisserie but it seems impractical and I’m afraid I may burn it or dry it out. What do you recommend?

  3. posted by Courtney on Mar 25, 2013

    I eat it probable 6 times a week. I love it. But is it okay while dieting? I usually have grilled fish or chicken with it and a serving of vegetables.

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