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How to Keep Fish from Sticking to the Grill

I am a bit overdue for a kitchen tip, but I think this one will more than make-up for that.  I have read articles about the perfect spatula or fish chamber used to flip fish on a grill.  I have read tips about cooking fish on a sheet of tin foil directly on the grill.  I have even heard people vow that they will never cook fish on the grill due to the recurring problem of fish sticking to the blankety-blanking grill! .  However, once you use this simple method, you won't need any special tools.  You can cook fish on the grill again.  And you can do so with a Tibetan sense of calm.

The secret weapon-- a Russet potato!  That's right, a cut Russet potato is all you need.  Just before you are ready to place the fish on the grill, give the grill grates a really good rubbin' with the cut side of a potato.  I know you are thinking,  "How in the world is this going to keep the fish from sticking?!"  You see, the starch from the potato creates a film that prevents the fish from sticking.  Brilliant!

Now, if you want to try out this new method-- stay tuned for the grilled salmon recipe.  It's a simple and delicious take on preparing a perfect, pink piece of fish.

Oh, don't waste that potato either.  Finish cooking it on the grill or trim off the grilled end and throw it in a pot of water and simmer until just cooked through. Then use it in meatballs, mashed potatoes, hash browns, or potato pancakes.

Source: The Foster's Market Cookbook, by Sara Foster


  1. For real?!? That's a crazy, amazing tip. I will definitely make use of it. TFS!!

  2. What a brilliant, easy tip! This one is totally new to me. I just pinned it. Thanks!

  3. Great Tip! :) Can't wait to try it!

  4. This is a BRILLIANT tip. Thanks SOOO much for sharing.

  5. In my restaurant days we'd use mayo, just lightly cover, it cooks off while slightly protecting the moisture and keeping it from sticking!

  6. Jenny-
    Another good tip. I might try that with with Salmon burgers:P

  7. What a crazy good tip - I totally can't wait to try this! I have lost many a good trout through those grill grates.


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