How to Grill Opah

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How to Grill Opah

Do you love opah and looking for a recipe for how to grill opah? Well! Grilling your food has never been easier. Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of fish that you can grill with minimal effort. 

One of these is the opah, which can be found in the Gulf of Mexico. This interesting-looking fish is a popular seafood item and one that tastes incredible.

If you are going to grill this fish, you’ll need to make sure it’s scaled and gutted. The meat is easy to remove from the bones so cooking should be rather simple. We are going to discuss some different ways to grill opah, so read until the end.

How to Grill Opah

Here is a recipe for you to grill opah with all the ingredients and directions required. 


  • 1 pound sable opah, scaled and gutted
  • 4 sticks of asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper


  1. Start by seasoning the fish (this can be done ahead of time and remember that the skin on opah is very thin, so you’ll want to be careful not to burn it]
  2. Flatten the fish onto a large metal sheet pan. Season the skin while it’s still hot.
  3. Place fish on a medium to hot grill.
  4. Use a brush to apply the oil onto the fish while it’s grilling.
  5. While it’s grilling, place the asparagus in a pan with water. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to this and stir until it is mixed well with the water. 
  6. Once mixed, place it on the grill along with your opah for about 5 minutes or until soft enough for you to chew through easily
  7. When the fish is ready, this is when you will want to remove it from the heat.
  8. Place the asparagus and fish on a serving platter and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  9. Serve immediately with rice or other side dishes that you prefer. If desired, have a salad of grated cheese.

Grilled Opah Steaks with Herb Garlic Butter 


  • 4 8-ounce opah steaks
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • olive oil: v
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the parsley and garlic in a bowl. Stir in the wine and olive oil. Mix well. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Heat a grill to high heat and coat the grate with oil.
  3. Place the opah on an oiled grate and cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until it is a deep brown.
  4. When it is cooked, remove it from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving with the herb garlic butter.

Grilled Opah with Asparagus and Lemon Sauce


  • 4 opah fillets
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided  
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the sauce 

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil  
  • Garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley leaves 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves 
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 


  1. Preheat a grill over high heat (about 450 degrees F.) 
  2. Combine the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and stir well to form a smooth mixture.
  3. Brush the asparagus with olive oil, place on a sheet tray, and grill until lightly charred, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside until ready to use. 
  4. Combine the butter, parsley, basil, and capers in a small bowl and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Now combine the olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat until the garlic softens. 
  6. Remove from heat, add the chopped parsley, basil and capers to the onion mixture and stir well to combine. Return saucepan to stovetop over medium heat and stir until heated through (about 1 minute).
  7. Brush the asparagus with olive oil and place it on a sheet tray along with the opah fillets. Grill for 3 minutes on both sides.
  8. Remove fillets and asparagus from the grill, top with butter-garlic mixture, and season to your taste with salt and pepper. 
  9. Serve immediately!

Tips to Grill the Opah Perfectly 

Following are some of the tips you have to follow to grill the opah with perfect taste. 

  • The opah is the right size for grilling. They are very thin and make for an easy meal that is tasty and healthy.
  • Use a smaller grill to cook your fish if you want to keep it from burning. Wood chips or soaked bamboo skewers can be used as a “mop pot”.
  • If you want to clean up your grill, remember that you can’t use metal utensils on a non-stick surface. Instead, put some oil on a paper towel and wipe the hot grill down. 
  • Do not forget to keep an eye on your fish while it’s grilling. You want to make sure that it gets evenly cooked and remains moist and tasty. 
  • If you are going to marinate, do so before you grill the fish. While it is cooking, you’ll want to apply oil before and after taking the fish off the grill as you do not want to burn it. 

Summing Up 

Now you get to know how to grill opah as we have thoroughly discussed it with several exciting recipes. You can grill it now with one of your favorite recipes and enjoy it with your loved ones.

Happy Grilling! 

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