How to Grill Bluegill Fish

How to Grill Bluegill FishBluegills are one of the most common fish found in fresh water. They aren't the biggest fish in the world, but they are good to eat. Bluegills are pretty easy to catch and have been known to hit on anything from a doe ball to a live worm. If you're camping and want to try your hand at fishing and catching your own food, try fishing for bluegills. The kids will even enjoy this fishing adventure. They're easy to clean and cook. Once you've got them cleaned up, just throw them on a hot grill and in no time you'll have a great little fish that's ready to eat.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Grill
  • Charcoal
  • Oil or mayonnaise
  • Seasonings
  • Scaler
  • Bowl of water
Step 1
Clean the bluegills. Since bluegills aren't that big of a fish, the cleaning process is pretty simple. Scale the fish with your scaler. Rinse the fish off and run your hand over it. You'll be able to feel any scales that are remaining, so you'll be able to remove them. Once you're done with the scaling, cut the head off and make a slit in the belly from the anus towards the region of the head. Remove any guts and wash the fish off well. Place your fish into a vessel of cool water until you're ready to cook them.
Step 2
Light the charcoal so it can begin warming up. You don't need roaring flames to cook this fish, just hot coals. Since the fish isn't that big, it won't take that long to cook. If you have some oil, wipe down the grilling rack so the fish won't stick to it and pull apart when you're trying to turn it over.
Step 3
Season the fish with seasonings, if you wish. You can do this about 15 minutes before you cook them. This will allow the seasonings enough time to seep into the meat and add more flavor.
Step 4
Dab the outside of the fish with a small amount of oil or mayonnaise, if you have it. This will not only keep the fish from sticking to the grill rack, it will also add moisture to the fish. The mayonnaise may look like a mess all over the fish, but don't worry, it will cook off.
Step 5
Place your bluegill on the grill rack, once the charcoal is ready to cook on, then place it on the grill. The outside skin should become dark and have a crunchy look to it when the fish is ready to be turned over. Try to turn the fish only once to keep the meat from tearing up. The fish will be ready to turn in approximately 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how hot the grill is. Poke your bluegill with a fork and if the meat is firm and flaky, it's done and ready to eat.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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