How to Clean, Prep, and Grill Fish + Shellfish

August 28, 2013

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: We're rounding up all the how-tos needed to get your fill of seafood, while the summer lasts.

Shellfish from Food52

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There's something about eating seafood in the summer that feels so...right. Sure, we can eat it in the winter, hunkered over our bowls, a scarf tied around our neck -- but fresh-caught fish and shellfish beg to be eaten in a bathing suit, with the wind blowing in our faces, the sun blazing a red-gold sunset. While the summer days dwindle, we're arming you with the techniques to eat seafood every day, every night, until those scarves come out again. 

• First, clean your shellfish properly.

• While you're at it, peel and devein your shrimp. (Don't buy them like that -- you can do it yourself!)

Cleaning shellfish Deveining shrimp from Food52

Shuck some oysters, and slurp one down as you..

• ...prep your wood plank, or simply grill up a whole fish.

Wood plank from Food52 How to grill a whole fish from Food52

Cook your lobster -- without fear!

• Finally, sit down, crack those lobsters open, and dig in.


How to Cook a Lobster from Food52


How are you eating seafood this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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Brette Warshaw

Written by: Brette Warshaw

I'm a reader, eater, culinary thrill-seeker, and food nerd.


webzoneme January 26, 2015
Thus face can be short top more, i like the ea o ooentstion
Tessa May 3, 2014
cool article!