Grilled Smallmouth Bass Wrapped in Corn Husk

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You caught a nice mess of smallmouth bass and all the way home all you have on your mind is, “How to cook fish?" - Well stop by that produce stand on the roadside and grab some fresh corn that’s still in the husk cause I got a plan for ya!

But first you got to clean your smallmouth bass, and fillet them; this recipe calls for 2 pounds smallmouth bass fillets cut into four pieces. But the great thing about grilling recipes is that it’s easy to adjust. Just add or reduce amounts according how much bass you have, so get that done. A good fillet knife is your best friend when cleaning fish.I have used Rapala fillet knives for as long as I can remember when cleaning smallmouth bass or any other fish and game. It's what my father used and Pop just didn't buy junk when it came to knives. They served him well and have done the same for me over the years. If you don't have one, I highly recommend them.  You can get them for a very reasonable price at RAPALA.com

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Smallmouth bass tastes wonderful on the grill, but you have to wrap it in something and foil seems like such a waste. So, how to cook fish with no foil? You ask… Forget about that aluminum foil, you now have corn husk!! And that will hold your bass, or any other fish, together just fine in your grilling recipes. Plus you have the side dish, corn, to go with your smallmouth bass wrapped in corn husk; and now you have two great grilling recipes going at once! Prepare your smallmouth bass and get them wrapped in the corn husk following the instructions below.


Grilled Smallmouth Bass Wrapped in Corn Husk


  • 2 ears fresh corn
  •  2 pounds smallmouth bass fillets cut into four pieces
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  •  Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  •  Lemon wedges


  1. Preheat the grill.
  2. Carefully peel away the cornhusks and set aside. Pull all silk off each cob.
  3. Holding the cobs upright, slice downward with a sharp knife, cutting off the corn in rows. Discard the cobs and set the cut corn aside.
  4. Spread out and press flat two or three husks per fillet. Sprinkle a layer of corn on the leaves and lay a fillet at right angles to the husks, one on top of each "packet."
  5. Cover the fillets with the remaining corn. Dot the corn with the chunks of butter.
  6. Sprinkle the lemon juice over each fillet and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Fold the husks over the top of the packets on all sides (to form an envelope shape) and secure with toothpicks.
  8. Lay on the grill for about 6 minutes; turn carefully with a spatula and cook 6 minutes longer, or until husks are slightly charred.
  9. Serve immediately with the lemon wedges.

How’s that for and answer to your “How to cook fish?” question? Grilled Smallmouth Bass Wrapped in Corn Husk is one of those great grilling recipes that taste good and a wonderful addition to your grilling recipes arsenal!

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