Fun Summer Food: Grilled White Fish

By Carmen A. Woodruff

Summer has officially arrived! We’ve all yearned for the longer days, lighter work schedules and vacation time with family and friends.  And when it comes to cooking, Michiganders can’t wait to break open the abandoned grills that have been buried in the snow and sleet throughout the winter months.

We’ve shared some valuable family time together as we prepare for my brother, Dr. Warren Woodruff’s wedding.  Perhaps the most memorable evenings are when I’ve kept a watchful eye on my father or mother’s grilled dinner entrées.  And the most rewarding experience for me has been contributing meals of my own during these mild, sunny evenings.  My brother asked me to share the following recipe and we hope you enjoy it!


NOTES:  To maintain optimal health, I recommend organic produce, grass-fed, antibiotic-free meats, free-range poultry and wild (not farm-raised) fish.  It is worth investing in your well-being and better to live in a pro-active, preventative fashion than treating ailments after they occur.  You’d be surprised which mainstream super market chains now offer reasonably-priced organic, natural foods.

I like to prepare my marinades/rubs fresh as I’m cooking instead of seeping the meat in them overnight.  I cook most of my meals from scratch and feel my best when I eat that way.  It’s something to try, especially during the weekends.


1 fillet of white fish (fresh from the fish counter)

2-3 garlic cloves

2 teaspoons of olive oil

sea salt (Himalayan or Celtic)

ground pepper

1-2 lemons


1.)   Prepare the marinade by dicing the garlic cloves in a food processor or by hand, liquefying the lemons into juice.  Combine and pour in the olive oil.  Finish it off by sprinkling the sea salt and pepper (to taste) into the fresh sauce.


2.)   Line a plate or oven tray with a generous amount of foil and spray it with cooking oil (We like fat free coconut oil spray.)


3.)   Place the fish on the tray.


4.)   Spread the marinade on the fish.


5.)   Grill on the middle tray, keeping a watchful eye.  Cooking time should not exceed 20 minutes.


6.)   Enjoy!


Remember, the fresher your ingredients, the tastier your grilled dinner will be upon completion.  Wishing you a safe and healthy summer!
















Carmen Woodruff is excited to share healthy tips with you as a guest blog contributer for Orchard Maple Family Dental. She is the daughter of Dr. William Woodruff and the sister of Dr. Warren Woodruff.  Carmen is committed to living a healthy lifestyle. Following a careful nutrition regimen for many years, she currently embraces a plant-based diet with the exception of a few lean proteins, including fish.  Throughout the past five years, Carmen has attended many conferences, workshops and one-on-one sessions featuring chefs, raw foodists, naturopathic practitioners and vegetarians.  She credits a clean diet and the practice of yoga to an overall balanced well-being and hopes to help others as she continues to research and study.


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