30 of the Best Grilled Fish Recipes

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    Ginger-Lime Swordfish

    Swordfish Steaks
    Grilled swordfish steaks. Getty Images/Shawn Miller

    Swordfish is wonderful prepared on the grill. The firm meat holds together well and it grills a lot like a good steak. The recipe shared here includes a sweet and sour, Asian-Inspired marinade that brings out the flavors and creates the perfect crust on the grill. 

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    Salmon with Dill and Lemon

    Grilled Salmon with Dill and Lemon
    Grilled Salmon with Dill and Lemon. Sabrina S. Baksh

    The combination of dill and lemon on salmon is simply terrific, and this grilled salmon recipe is sure to become a favorite. If you have trouble flipping fish without it falling apart, purchase salmon steaks versus salmon fillets since they are easier to deal with on the grill.

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    Garlic Halibut Steaks

    Grilled halibut on butcher's block
    Grilled halibut on butcher's block. Getty Images/Shana Novak

    Halibut might just be the perfect fish for the grill, and easily can become a personal favorite. It can be a bit of a splurge, but this recipe makes it worth the price. Lightly marinated in lemon juice, herbs, and of course, garlic, the flavor of this fish is incredible. 

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    Sea Bass with Garlic Butter

    Sea Bass
    Sea Bass. Slivinski Photo/Photodisc/Getty Images

    Sea Bass can be something of a blank canvas when it comes to flavor. This recipe gives it a rich garlic butter that makes for a fantastic meal. Quick and easy, this is a fish recipe everyone will love.

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    Blackened Red Snapper

    Blackened Snapper
    Blackened snapper. Getty Images/swalls

    Blackened fish typically comes out of a flaming hot skillet. This version reduces the oil and puts it on an equally hot grill. It is the intense fire that makes this recipe work to let the herbs and spices create a crunch crisp surface on this red snapper. This is also a fantastic recipe for fish tacos. 

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    Firecracker Salmon

    Firecracker Salmon
    Firecracker Salmon. Regarding BBQ Inc.

    The spicy Asian-Inspired marinade for this salmon loads it up with flavor. The marinade combines chili paste (Sambal to be exact) with soy sauce, ginger and so much more. You will want to let those flavors sink in before this salmon takes a quick trip over a hot grill. 

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    Lime and Basil Tilapia


    Let's be honest -- tilapia can really use a flavor boost. This recipe puts a good dose of lime and basil on this grilled fish in the form of a great marinade. The secret ingredient? A touch of bourbon. 

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    Onion Butter Cod

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    Cod is a great fish for the grill. It needs a gentle touch, but the buttery texture is fantastic. The white wine and onion butter that is basted on the cod as it grills layers on the flavors. 

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    Basil-Rosemary Grilled Trout

    Three Whole Trout
    Three Whole Trout. Derrick Riches

    This is a popular fish that is lovely when it is freshly caught and cooked over a campfire. The whole trout is stuffed with herbs and lemon slices, then put over a hot fire. This is an excellent recipe for a charcoal grill. 

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    Red Snapper

    This is the method for grilling a whole red snapper, perhaps the perfect grilled fish. This is a classic recipe. The snapper gets a coating an achiote paste and citrus to build the flavors. It needs some time for the paste to sink in, but once this hits the grill it will be a wonder to behold. 

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    Grilled Walleye

    This walleye fish is cooked in packets so it is amazingly easy and fast. What really makes this recipe stand out is the chopped pecans. This gives the fish a bit of a crunch and a nutty sweetness. 

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    Honey Mustard Sea Bass

    Grilled Honey-Mustard Sea Bass
    Grilled Honey-Mustard Sea Bass. NighAndDayImages/Getty Images

    This sea bass only needs a few minutes in the honey-mustard marinade before hitting the grill, so you can put this meal together in less than 30 minutes. The honey creates a caramelized surface on the fish that is fantastic. 

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    Chili-Tequila Salmon Steaks with Grilled Salsa

    Chili-Tequila Salmon Steaks with Grilled Salsa
    Chili-Tequila Salmon Steaks with Grilled Salsa. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Salmon steaks are one of the most popular types of fish to grill. They are simply better than fillets. The natural sweetness of this salmon is enhanced by a tequila chili marinade and then it all gets topped with perfect tomato and chili salsa. This is an impressive meal that is quick and easy to prepare. 

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    Sea Bass Marinated in Sake

    Grilled Sea Bass Marinated in Sake
    Grilled Sea Bass Marinated in Sake. Juanmonino/Getty Images

    Sake is the perfect combination with fish. It acts as a mild acid to keep the meat fresh and tender while adding a slight tartness to the finished product. The marinade for this sea bass is loaded with flavor and makes this and incredible meal all by itself. 

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    Lemon-Basil Halibut

    Grilled Lemon-Basil Halibut
    Grilled Lemon-Basil Halibut. Stacie Peterson/Getty Images

    This just might be the ultimate light and refreshing meal. The halibut gets a light seasoning before a hot grill and the second it comes off, an amazing lemon and basil sauce. This fish is simply elegant. 

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    Sea Bass in Thai Sauce

    Grilled Sea Bass in Thai Sauce
    Grilled Sea Bass in Thai Sauce. Joff Lee/Getty Images

    This is one of the fastest ways to a great meal you will ever find. The sea bass gets coated in a Thai-Inspired sauce that has a touch of heat and a lot of flavor. Then it hits the grill just long enough to cook it through the middle. Keep this recipe ready for a fast and fantastic meal. 

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    Lime and Cilantro Halibut

    Grilled halibut in fish tacos
    Grilled halibut in fish tacos. Getty Images/Lauri Patterson

    This halibut is great all by itself, but this recipe is also an incredible way to start some fish tacos. The flavors here have a little heat and a little sweet but are a perfect blend that really lets the halibut shine through. 

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    Spicy Tilapia with Aioli

    Grilled fillet of fish
    Grilled tilapia fillet. Getty Images/Juanmonino

    This Tilapia gets a dry rub before hitting the grill. What you get is basically a blackened fish that then gets covered in simple but flavorful tarragon aioli. 

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    Soy Halibut Steaks

    Soy Halibut Steaks
    Soy Halibut Steaks. Regarding BBQ Inc.

    This is the perfect halibut recipe for an Asian-Inspired meal. Try doubling up the marinade on this recipe and reserve half for pouring over the fish and rice the second it comes off the grill. 

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    Chilean Sea Bass with Garlic Butter and Oregano Pesto

    Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Garlic Butter and Oregano Pesto
    Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Garlic Butter and Oregano Pesto. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Yes, Chilean sea bass is expensive, but it is also one of the best fish you can buy. The meat has a naturally ​sweet, buttery flavor and an amazing texture. This recipe coats the cooked fish with an oregano pesto and then drizzles it all in garlic butter. There is nothing better -- we promise. 

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    Cedar Plank Halibut

    Raw Halibut Steaks
    Raw halibut steaks on a cedar plank. Getty Images/DebbiSmirnoff

    You've probably heard of cedar plank salmon, but what about halibut? Plank cooking is a great way to grill fish. Not only does it make it easier to handle, but it adds a light, smoky flavor to this halibut that makes it fantastic. The light seasoning of this recipe lets the halibut shine through.

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    Bourbon Tuna Steaks

    Grilled Bourbon Tuna Steaks
    Grilled Bourbon Tuna Steaks. alle12/Getty Images

    A good piece of tuna needs little help and benefits best from an intense heat and a short cooking time. These tuna steaks get basted in a sweet bourbon honey glaze that caramelizes on the surface giving you a crisp crust and tender and flavorful middle. 

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    Caribbean Halibut Packets

    Caribbean Halibut Packets
    Caribbean Halibut Packets. Sian Irvine/Getty Images

    Packet cooking not only lets you put a whole meal in foil but lets you add all kinds of items to this fish. Onions and chilies help flavor this halibut and everything can be opened up right on the plate. This is a wonderful recipe and certainly worth trying. 

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    Tandoori Cod

    Tandoori Cod
    Tandoori Cod. Cultura RM/Brett Stevens/Getty Images

    Talk about flavor! These cod fillets get a classic tandoori marinade before hitting the grill. They are loaded with flavor and make for a healthy meal that seems decadent. 

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    Seared Tuna in Wasabi Sauce

    Marinated tuna steak served with lettuce on white plate and folded napkin
    Marinated tuna steak served with lettuce. Getty Images/Dorling Kindersley

    Tuna should be cooked for the shortest possible time at the highest possible heat. The cooking time for this tuna can be as little as three minutes before it gets pulled from the grill and topped with a fantastic wasabi and shallot sauce. This is a dish to impress. 

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    Honey-Dijon Arctic Char

    Close-Up Of Arctic Char In Plate
    Arctic char on plate. Getty Images/Carina Wong/EyeEm

    Arctic char is a great cold water fish. The honey mustard paste that flavors these fillets is loaded with herbs and only needs sit on the fish for a short period. This is a great recipe for a weeknight meal since it can be prepared quickly and is truly delicious. 

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    Halibut Tacos with Spicy Radicchio-Avocado Slaw

    Fish Tacos
    Halibut fish tacos. Getty Images/Juanmonino

    These tacos make wonderful appetizers for parties. They are loaded with flavor and the radicchio-avocado slaw is amazing, not to mention the halibut. This is a quick and easy meal that is great for any occasion or purpose.

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    Blackened Fish

    Blackened fish is a great method of cooking, but it can create a lot of smoke and smell in the house. This recipe takes the process out to the grill with a heavy skillet so you can get this fantastic fish, without smelling it for the next week. 

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    Grilled Trout Florentine

    Sauted trout on wilted spinach with boiled baby spinach
    Sauteed trout on wilted spinach. Getty Images/Will Heap

    This recipe takes a classic dish out to the grill for better flavor, with just a hint of smoke. While perfect for charcoal, this works just as well on a gas grill. This trout recipe makes for great presentation and amazing flavor. 

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    Catfish with Rosemary-Balsamic Sauce

    Grilled Catfish with Rosemary-Balsamic Sauce
    Grilled Catfish with Rosemary-Balsamic Sauce. Paul Poplis/Getty Images

    Catfish is a greatly underappreciated fish. This recipe brings out the natural flavors and then tops it with a balsamic and rosemary sauce that makes this a near-perfect dish. This is both a quick and simple dish but also an elegant way to prepare catfish.