Grilling Baskets for Whole Fish

Published July 1, 2011. From Cook's Illustrated.

Overview:

These oblong, two-piece metal cages keep skin from sticking to the grill and corral your catch for easier flipping. We grilled large whole striped bass and smaller whole red snapper in six heavy-gauge wire baskets costing $11 to $25, most featuring nonstick coatings and two boasting removable handles. Only the two largest baskets easily cradled a 2 1/2-pound striped bass; of these, our winner also allowed successful turning of fish as small as 3/4 pound. (The wide-set wires of the other large model, from Steven Raichlen, let the little ones get away.) And because its handle is removable, we could lay the basket flat and, if necessary, close the grill lid. A removable handle was a must for another reason: It allowed the basket to fit easily in the dishwasher.

These oblong, two-piece metal cages keep skin from sticking to the grill and corral your catch for easier flipping. We grilled large whole striped bass and smaller whole red snapper in six heavy-gauge wire baskets costing $11 to $25, most featuring nonstick coatings and two boasting removable handles. Only the two largest baskets easily cradled a 2 1/2-pound striped bass; of these, our winner also allowed successful turning of fish as small as 3/4 pound. (The wide-set wires of the other large model, from Steven Raichlen, let the little ones get away.) And because its handle is removable, we could lay the basket flat and, if necessary, close the grill lid. A removable handle was a must for another reason: It allowed the basket to fit easily in the dishwasher.

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