Fishing Reports

Grilled Rockfish and Shrimp

By Capt. Andy Martin – The mild flavor of Oregon Coast rockfish makes it a favorite for fish and chips and fish tacos, but it’s also amazing when combined with large shrimp or prawns, marinated and grilled. This is the perfect recipe when you want to enjoy rockfish or lingcod without frying it, and want to impress your dinner guests. Grilled Rockfish and Shrimp is flavorful and healthy, and sure to become a favorite way to enjoy freshly caught rockfish, or when clearing the freezer to prepare room for a future fishing trip.

Grilled Rockfish and Shrimp, served with rice.

Some remote Alaskan and British Columbia fishing lodges use this recipe to prepare rockfish, lingcod or halibut for their guests. It is easier than it may appear, and uses a simple mixture of ingredients. The fish is marinated by itself for an hour, and then another 15 minutes with the shrimp. On the grill, the fish is cooked for 10 minutes or less.

Grilled Rockfish and Shrimp is marinated in a simple mixture of soy sauce, cranberry juice, lime juice, garlic, sugar, red pepper flake and olive oil.

Grilled Rockfish and Shrimp


2 to 3 rockfish fillets, cut in half

6 to 8 large shrimp, shell on

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup cranberry juice (orange juice may be subsitited)

1/4 cup olive oil

Juice from one lime

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flake

1 tsp sugar

2 stalks green onion, chopped, for garnish

Mix the soy sauce, cranberry juice, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, sugar, and red pepper flake and place in a baking dish to marinate. Marinate the rockfish for one hour, then add the shrimp and marinate another 10-15 minutes.

Place the rockfish on a hot grill and cook for 5 minutes, allowing the fillets to get grill marks.

After turning over the rockfish, add shrimp to the grill and cook another 5 minutes.

Garnish with green onion, serve with rice or pasta.

Marinate the rockfish fillets, first, for an hour and no longer than 2 hours.
After marinating the fish for an hour, add the shrimp and marinate another 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t marinate the shrimp too long, as the lime juice will cook them, similar to ceviche.
Grill the rockfish first, for around 5 minutes, allowing them to get deep grill marks. Turn the fillets over and add the shrimp, cooking the rockfish and shrimp for another 5 minutes.
Grilled Rockfish and Shrimp is delicious, and healthy.

To catch a limit of rockfish on the Oregon Coast, check out our half-day fishing charters. Customers keep the fish they catch, and our crew fillets them back at the dock. For information, visit

Rockfish are fun to catch, and taste great on the grill. Pictured are a canary rockfish and vermillion rockfish caught during the summer of 2023 on the Dash of Brookings Fishing Charters.

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