Being from the Pacific Northwest, we are fish fiends! This Grilled Swordfish recipe features a quick marinade and only requires about 5 minutes of grilling on either side making it the perfect weeknight, healthy entree. It’s as quick as it is flavorful and we think you’ll love it!
What is Swordfish, and what does it taste like?
Swordfish are usually found in the Atlantic, Pacific & Indian Oceans, primarily in tropical waters but sometimes in cold waters. They have a large beak which resembles a sword, and can extend up to 15 feet. Swordfish is a mild tasing, slightly sweet fish. It is often cut into ‘steaks’ and is the perfect fish for those we are just venturing into Seafood, as it is a very mild tasting fish.
Where to buy Swordfish?
I buy mine at Sprouts, but you can usually find it at most grocers, though some may only have it in the frozen section. Costco occasionally carries it as well.
The trick to perfectly grilled Swordfish is a quick, but flavorful marinade.
Swordfish doesn’t need to marinate long, and we actually recommend only marinating it for a maximum of about 30 minutes. Any longer, and the fish can become tough from the acid in the lemon. A quick marinade yields tender, flakey perfect Swordfish.
- Lemon Zest
- Lemon Juice
- Soy Sauce
- Olive Oil
- Granulated Garlic
Preheat the grill to about 450 degrees fahrenheit. Give the grill a spray with nonstick spray, and place the marinated swordfish steaks onto the grill. Cook each side for about 4-6 minutes.
Swordfish is fully cooked once it reaches 145 degrees fahrenheit at its thickest point. I prefer to pull the fish off of the grill once it reaches 135 degrees, and allow it to come up to temperature during a 10 minute resting period.
If you love healthy fish recipes, here’s a few more we think you’ll like!
- Garlic, Dijon & Lemon Salmon
- Perfect Oven Baked Salmon
- How to Cook Mahi Mahi
- Easy Shrimp and Scallop Pasta
- 4 swordfish steaks (1 per person)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp chopped chives (reserve additional for garnish if desired)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- .5 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- Combine marinade ingredients into medium sized bowl, or plastic sealable bag. Add Swordfish & marinate for 15-30 minutes.
- Preheat grill to 450 degrees fahrenheit.
- Carefully spray grill with nonstick spray. Place swordfish onto hot grill, turning after 4 minutes. Cook opposite side for another 4-6 minutes, or until fish reaches 135 degrees fahrenheit. After grilling allow fish to come up to proper temperature of 145 degrees fahrenheit. Swordfish is considered fully cooked at 145 degrees fahrenheit.
- Slice fish, and serve as desired, garnishing with additional chives if desired. Enjoy!