Rockfish isn’t generally recommended for grilling, since it has a flaky texture and can fall apart in the grill grates. The grilling plank acts as a barrier to protect the delicate fish from the grill grates, and also imparts a smoky flavor.

Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 Red Oak Grilling Plank
  • 2 Rockfish Fillets or 1 whole Rockfish, cleaned
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter, unsalted
  • 1 Shallot
  • 8-10 twigs of fresh Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Lemon Wedges for serving

Chef's Tip

Rockfish is such a delicate item that cooking on a plank allows it to cook gently, food prepared on a plank does not need to be turned over so handling is greatly reduced.


  1. Soak the grilling plank in hot water for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the broiler or preheat the grill to 400°.
  3. Skin the shallot and cut into thin slices. Rinse and dry the thyme.
  4. Pat dry the fish fillets and place them skin down on the plank.
  5. Stuff fillets with the thyme sprigs and shallots, top with a tablespoon of butter each and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Broil or grill for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the plank and serve warm with a side of green salad and a lemon wedge.

*Keep a spray bottle of water handy in case of flare-ups.

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Red Oak Grilling Plank