Our Best Recipes for Grilled Fish

Try these simple grilled fish recipes for grouper, tuna, catfish, halibut, trout, and swordfish. We guarantee sizzling-good meals.

  • Grilled Fish Tacos with Tomato-Green Onion Relish
    Photo: Jean Allsopp; Styling: Julia Rutland

    Grilled Fish Tacos with Tomato-Green Onion Relish

    These delicious grilled fish tacos feature a homemade tomato-green onion relish that provides fresh, spicy flavor.
  • Pan-Seared Halibut with Bell Pepper Relish
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr and Leigh Ann Ross

    Pan-Seared Halibut with Bell Pepper Relish

    This relish also works well with grilled chicken. Serve with a simple spinach salad. Be sure to purchase wild Alaskan halibut for a sustainable choice; avoid Atlantic halibut.
  • Halibut Sandwiches with Grilled Puttanesca Salsa
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Fonda Shaia

    Halibut Sandwiches with Grilled Puttanesca Salsa

    Those who love the bold Mediterranean flavors of puttanesca sauce and grilled fish will love this hearty open-faced sandwich. Perfect for a stylish outdoor lunch, this dish features grilled bread topped with peppery arugula, halibut, and a garlicky tomato salsa strewn with bits of olive and caper.
  • Tuna "London Broil" with Wasabi Cream
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Tuna "London Broil" with Wasabi Cream

    Adventurous eaters will lap up the creamy sauce spiked with wasabi, a fiery, pale-green Japanese horseradish. When spooned on top of a sesame- and pepper-rubbed tuna steak, it really highlights the dish's Asian flavors.
  • Aromatic Swordfish Steaks
    Randy Mayor

    Aromatic Swordfish Steaks

    With a meaty texture and full-flavored taste, swordfish stands up to the assertive spices in this Jamaican-inspired recipe. The steaks are coated in a tenderizing marinade of yogurt, lemon juice, and common spices like garlic powder, ground cumin, and ground cinnamon, but it's the spoonful of jerk seasoning that gives this dish that special kick.
  • Zesty Swordfish Kabobs
    Karry Hosford

    Zesty Swordfish Kabobs

    Get raves at your next backyard barbecue with these colorful and healthy swordfish kabobs. The secret is in the 12-ingredient marinade, a fabulous brew made from staples such as soy sauce, honey, rosemary, and citrus zest.
  • French West Indian Grilled Snapper with Caper Sauce
    Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

    French West Indian Grilled Snapper with Caper Sauce

    Justifiably popular for its tender flesh and sweet, delicate flavor, snapper is commonly caught in tropical and semitropical waters, such as those near the Caribbean. Here, it is cloaked in a traditional French West Indian sauce featuring lime juice, garlic, thyme, and incendiary Scotch bonnet chiles.
  • Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Escabeche Sauce
    Kate Sears

    Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Escabeche Sauce

    Chef Adolfo Garcia’s love of fresh seafood and his Panamanian ancestry are reflected in this marinated fish recipe. The marinade of bell peppers, olives, onions, and tomato juice also serves as a sauce for the mahi-mahi.
  • Grilled Fish on Cilantro-Chili Slaw
    James Carrier

    Grilled Fish on Cilantro-Chili Slaw

    Marinate halibut or mahimahi fillets in a mixture of vinegar, olive oil, cumin, and cilantro, then grill and serve on a bed of spicy slaw.
  • Baja Light Fish Tacos
    Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Baja Light Fish Tacos

    Make low-fat fish tacos by grilling the fish instead of frying it, and topping the tacos with a light tartar sauce.
  • Swordfish Skewers with Cilantro-Mint Pesto
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Swordfish Skewers with Cilantro-Mint Pesto

    Although imported swordfish is endangered, the population for North American species is healthy. Check with your fish seller to make sure the fish you purchase was caught in the United States or Canada.
  • Striped Bass with Fennel over Sautéed Spinach

    Striped Bass with Fennel over Sautéed Spinach

    Top grilled striped bass with a savory fennel relish and serve over a bed of wilted spinach for a sophisticated main dish.
  • Grilled Tuna with Fennel-Orange Relish
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Grilled Tuna with Fennel-Orange Relish

    This recipe is for those who love their tuna on the very rare side--feel free to cook the fish a bit longer, according to your taste. If you prefer, you can quickly sear the tuna in a skillet over medium-high heat instead of grilling.

  • Grilled Tuna with Mediterranean Sauce
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Grilled Tuna with Mediterranean Sauce

    The robustly flavored sauce gets its inspiration from olives, tomatoes, and fresh thyme, but is simple to prepare. When the topping is this bold, go with a simple grilled technique for the fish.

  • Poblano Fish Tacos
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Poblano Fish Tacos

    Try this twist: Top with crumbled queso fresco (fresh Mexican cheese) for a tasty variation.

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