Being the first week of April, it is officially the beginning of grilling season. It might not be warm enough to break out the shorts and flip-flops, but it’s time to get those grills fired up!

Most people know that seafood is good for them, but are not confident enough in their cooking skills to prepare it on a regular basis. When grilling, most turn to beef, chicken and pork on the grill because they feel comfortable cooking them, not realizing how easy it is to grill seafood. Cooking seafood, especially fish, provides healthy protein that cooks even quicker than most meats. Here are some tips to make your seafood grilling quick and easy:

• Place fish in a grill basket or wrap in aluminum foil to prevent it from sticking to the grill.

• Only turn fish/seafood once, halfway through the cooking time.

• When preparing shellfish such as clams, mussels and oysters, you’ll know they are done cooking when the shells start to open.

• When grilling shrimp, bigger is better. Jumbo shrimp (approximately 12 to 15 pieces per pound) will serve you best when preparing shrimp on a skewer or directly on the grill.

 

Salmon grilled in foil

 Serves 4

All you need:

4 (4 ounces each) salmon filets

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1 small onion, cut into rings, divided

16 cherry tomatoes, divided

All you do:

Brush salmon filets, on both sides, with olive oil.

Place salmon, skin-side down, on a double-thickness of heavy-duty foil (a size of about 12 inches by 18 inches).

Sprinkle salt and pepper over salmon, then top with onion and tomatoes.

Fold foil over fish and seal tightly.

Grill, covered, over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

 

Nutrition facts per serving: 320 calories, 22g fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 60mg cholesterol, 630mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 4g sugar, 24g protein.

Daily values: 15% vitamin A, 30% vitamin C, 2% calcium, 4% iron/p>

Adapted from www.tasteofhome.com.

 

Tracey Shaffer, RD, LD, is a Hy-Vee dietitian at the Blue Springs location The information provided should not be construed as professional medical advice. Email her at tshaffer@hy-vee.com.