Bluefish Recipes
Tasty Recipes for Sometimes Challenging Fish

bluefish recipes

Here are some bluefish recipes.

Martha's Vineyard has some great surf fishing and bluefish are one of the many fish you can catch.

Bluefish arrive around mid to late May and stay until November.

If you catch some bluefish on Martha's Vineyard, you might enjoy one of the following recipes. If you get "skunked" while fishing, scroll down to see places we recommend on Martha's Vineyard for buying fresh seafood, either for cooking at a rental house or for eating at the restaurant.

Bluefish Recipes

Grilled Bluefish


  • 1 lb bluefish fillet, with the skin on
  • 3/4 cup Hellman's mayonnaise, or other good brand,not fat free
  • 1-2 large onions, cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • pepper
  • Old Bay Seasoning or cajun seasoning (optional)
  1. Preheat Grill.
  2. Lay pieces of Bluefish, skin side down, on UNGREASED aluminum foil.
  3. Allow enough foil to make a package, sealed at the ends and folded at the top, allowing room for fish to steam.
  4. Spread mayonnaise over the top of the fish, it should be very thick, if needed add more, the fish should look like a thickly frosted cake.
  5. Lay onion rings on top of fish in several layers, sprinkle with seasonings.
  6. Sprinkle with pepper and optional spices, drizzle lemon juice over top.
  7. Bring together foil and fold to make a seal lengthwise over fish, fold in ends.
  8. Remember to keep air space on top of fish.
  9. Place fish on preheated grill, close cover.
  10. Grill at medium-high heat, about 350-375 for 15 minutes, depending on thickness if fillet.
  11. After 15 minutes, carefully open package to check for doneness, you want it just barely done.
  12. Fish is done if it is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
  13. Leaving foil wide open, use a sharp knife or two tined fork to make several holes in the bottom of the foil.
  14. Without disturbing the fish too much, make a few holes right through the fish and through the foil.
  15. Close the cover to the grill and allow the juices and mayonnaise to drip through the foil onto the fire, this will get very smokey but you get that delicate smoked flavor.
  16. After a few minutes of "smoking", remove foil and fish by just sliding if off the grill on to a platter or lifting it, foil and all carefully as not to break it.
  17. Using a large spatula, gently slide fish off the foil onto a serving plate, the skin of the fish will stay stuck to the foil.

Places on Martha's Vineyard to get Seafood

For fresh seafood...we highly recommend the Net Result in Vineyard Haven. This fish market has top quality, great service and outdoor picnic tables... if you decide you can't wait to drive home and do the cooking yourself ! Stock up here on seafood for your Seafood Appetizer Recipes.

lobster tail

Or, if you'd like a slightly more traditional sit-down restaurant, the Seafood Shanty in Edgartown has great fresh seafood meals and is right on the harbor...with fabulous views. Enjoy the seafood here and save your seafood appetizer recipes for another day

seafood shanty

We hope you enjoyed these bluefish recipes.

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