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Could grill baskets solve the biggest challenge in grilling fish: sticking?
What You Need To Know
Our recipe for foolproof Grilled Salmon Fillets solves the biggest challenge when it comes to grilling fish: sticking. Could grill baskets also do the trick? We gathered three models, priced from $19 to $28.99, and headed outdoors to see if these gadgets actually make grilling fish easier. It quickly became clear that the answer is no. While each had aspects that were appealing, none had the entire package. If the basket did not have a removable handle, it was impossible to close the lid on our gas grill. Baskets whose compartment size couldn’t be adjusted allowed both thick salmon and thinner, smaller fish fillets to shift and slide around too much, tearing the delicate fish or letting it flop when we flipped the basket. But baskets with too tight a grip on the fish crushed fillets before grilling even began. Until manufacturers figure out how to make the perfect basket, we’ll stick to our method of grilling fish.
Everything We Tested
This basket came closest of the three tested to getting it right, but it was far from ideal. It had a removable handle, allowing the grill lid to close. But its four narrow compartments were not adjustable, so loose fish fillets flopped around and sometimes broke when we turned the basket over. Removing fillets after cooking was difficult since a spatula could not fit into the compartments.
This flexible basket held fillets in place, but too tightly, leaving the fish misshapen or torn. The fish did not cook properly because we couldn’t close the grill lid over its long wooden handle. Removing cooked fish was easy with a simple unhook of the basket latch.
Testers could not close the lid of the grill because of the handle, and when the basket was flipped over, the fillets tore slightly and were too far from the flames to cook through.
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