Greek Grilled Whole Fish


Grilled fish with bones keeps the flesh moist and flavorful. Some people don’t like looking at a whole fish, however, so you can also remove the head and tail, leave the fish intact, and lightly score the skin. You’ll need an outdoor grill and wood chips to grill a fish successfully. A fish grilling basket is also helpful.

Ingredients Needed

  • 2 cups of wood chips, preferablly cherry or pecan
  • Olive oil for the grill
  • Six 1 1/4 pound whole red snapper, bass, porgy, or other small whole fish, cleaned and gutted (scales, gills and fins removed)
  • About 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon dried Greek Oregano
  • 6 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, membrane removed, and finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

How to make this Greek recipe

  1. Place the wood chips in cold water to cover. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the grill and lightly coat the rack with olive oil.
  3. To prepare the fish, using a sharp boning knife, make a slight insertion at the top of the dorsal fin just below the head and continue making a slight incision, pressing the knife against the bones all the way down the spine stopping just above the tail. The head and tail should be intact. Turn the fish over and repeat the process on the other side. This will make it easy to pull the flesh away from the bone once cooked.
  4. Drain the wood chips and place them on top of the hot coals in the grill. The chips will ignite and emit a flavorful smoke.
  5. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the fish with some of the olive oil. Then season with salt and pepper to taste. Lay the fish directly on the grill and cover. Grill, covered, for, 10 minutes, or until the flesh is opaque, and the skin is lightly charred.
  6. Using a fish spatula, transfer the fish to a large serving platter. Brush the fish lightly with olive oil again. Cut each lemon in half crosswise, and squeeze one half over each fish. Sprinkle with oregano. If desired, garnish the platter with some diced tomatoes and chopped chives.

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