The George Foreman grill has been a godsend for many people who don't know their way around the kitchen. This handy device not only makes cooking meats, chickens and fish a breeze, but its design lets you siphon off much of the grease and fat inherent in such meats. On the other side of the convenience aisle is frozen fish. Put the two together and you have a quick easy way to make yourself dinner or lunch. One packed with protein and nutrients, without all the fat. If you're wondering how to cook frozen fish in your Foreman grill, read on and find out.
Defrost the fish. This first step is sure to be met with some argument among those who have experience cooking with the George Foreman Grill. That's fine. There's no reason why you can't experiment with cooking your fish both thawed and frozen and see which result you like better. It is recommended to do it this way as it seems to let more of the fish's natural flavor come out in the cooking. On the same token, cooking fish from the frozen state will take considerably longer, and one of the great things about the grill is how quickly you can cook up your dinner. Still, the choice is yours.
Squeeze excess water from your fish. If you have chosen to defrost your fish, your next step should be to gently squeeze any excess water from the fish before putting it on the grill. This excess water can affect the taste of the fish in an adverse way. There is another reason for doing this, however. Excess water or liquid in your meats or fish can tend to cause more sticking to the surface of the grill than you might like. This can make cleaning more of a hassle, and lessen the overall enjoyment that should come with the use of the Foreman grill.
Spray your grill with nonstick cooking spray. Speaking of sticking! The Foreman grill touts itself as having a nonstick surface. However, most users of the grill (particularly those owners who have had their grill for a few years) will find that there is a difference between saying something is nonstick and the actual evidence. The Foreman grill is fairly easy to clean, but it can be made that much easier by simply spraying down the grill pans with a light coating of nonstick cooking spray beforehand. This cooking spray can actually add to the flavor of your meal, as it comes in "butter" or "lemon." Alternatively, you can get the flavorless variety so that it doesn't affect the taste of your fish at all.
Cooking times will vary according to the fish. It's difficult to advise on cooking times, as they will vary from fish to fish. If you are cooking tilapia, for instance, it would be wise to cook the fish on the grill for about 10 minutes. This gives the fish the chance to get fully cooked, while preventing the always-possible notion of overcooking. Overcooking can destroy a good piece of fish, and this is another reason why you should thaw your fish before grilling it.
Season to taste. Only you know how you enjoy your fish. Some people want the fish to retain as much of the fishy essence as possible, while others seem to want to do anything possible to cover it up. There are a variety of great blackened seasonings that can give your fish a Cajun flavor, and lemon is always popular as an accoutrement. Salt and pepper are always reliable standbys as well.
Clean your Foreman grill while it's still slightly warm for best results.