Show dad how much you love him with a delicious, healthy meal. Whether he’s a steak and potatoes kind of guy, a vegetarian, or a fish fanatic, we’ve rounded up delicious grilled options for all the dads out there (including dessert!) Fire up those grills and watch him gobble it up.
Many dads think about grilling and a juicy steak may come to mind. These grilled steak recipes use lean cuts of beef with flavorful sauces and the right preparation techniques to keep them tender.
Steak & Potato Kebabs with Creamy Cilantro Sauce from Eating Well Magazine.
Flank Steak with Coffee Peppercorn Marinade from Eating Well Magazine.
Another grilling staple, burgers can come in many styles and flavors. We’ve chosen a classic beef burger that’s made with mushrooms, both to add more savory flavor and decrease the need for a larger portion of beef (he’ll love it and appreciate the veggie boost!). Or you can play with tuna burgers by exploring the different textures of albacore tuna and chunk light.
Beefy Mushroom Burgers from Better is the new Perfect by Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD.
Fish is delicious on the grill. But, the same flaky and tender texture that makes grilled fish so amazing also makes it a little trickier to get just right without sticking and/or falling through the grill. Thankfully, a few tricks can lead you to a successful grilled fish dish. The key is choosing the right type of fish and preparing the grill correctly. Typically, fish steaks (think salmon, halibut, or cod steaks) will do better when placed directly on the grill than fillets will. Whole fish also work well. Next, make sure to oil the preheated grates (do this with and oiled paper towel and tongs) AND the fish before grilling. Place the skin side of the fish down (if fish has skin) diagonally on the grates and wait 4-5 minutes before trying to flip (if the skin doesn’t release give it another minute.) To cook fish fillets, or more tender fish, on the grill, use a special grill pan or cook in a piece of heavy duty foil. Here are some of our favorite grilled fish recipes:
Grilled Halibut with Tomato Avocado Salsa by Foodie Crush.
Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon Steaks by Food & Wine.
Grilled Whole Fish by Food & Wine.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
If you’ve never cooked a pork tenderloin on the grill, we highly recommend trying it. The flavor is amazing, and if you do it right you’ll end up with a perfectly cooked, juicy and flavorful tenderloin. The trick is in the marinade and the cooking time, both of which this recipe from Grilling Companion will help you with. Serve with one of the grilled veggie recipes below and roasted or grilled potatoes.
Grilled pork tenderloin by Grilling Companion.
There’s more to grilling than protein! Most types of veggies do well on the grill, even lettuce! The recipes below are sure to please even the pickiest of taste buds. Try the mushrooms as a perfect compliment to steak or the veggie platter if you’re entertaining for a crowd and want something beautiful to present. The sweet potatoes are delicious and a great way to completely skip firing up the oven.
Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers from ClosetCooking.
Grilled Vegetable Platter from Taste of Home.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes from Simply Recipes.
When fruit is grilled, the sugar in it caramelizes and becomes even sweeter. Serve these recipes as-is or pair them with a little vanilla ice cream for a special treat.
Grilled Peaches with Yogurt and Honey by Eating Made Easy.
Grilled Fruit Kebabs with White Chocolate Drizzle by The Cookie Rookie.