Top 30 Grilled Fish Recipes

Enjoy Fish on the Grill With These Top Recipes

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When it is warm out, there's nothing quite like cooking fish on the grill—it's fresh tasting, doesn't stink up your kitchen, and just seems like summer. And with so many fish varieties and flavor combinations to choose from, the options may seem endless. This list of grilled fish recipes offers one delicious choice after another including grilled trout Florentine and soy halibut steaks.

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    Ginger-Lime Swordfish

    Close-Up Of Grilled Swordfish In Plate
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    Swordfish is wonderful when prepared on the grill. The firm meat holds together well and it grills a lot like a good steak. This recipe includes a sweet and sour, Asian-inspired marinade that brings out the flavors of the fish and creates the perfect crust on the grill. 

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    Salmon With Lemon and Thyme

    Grilled Salmon with Dill and Lemon
    Sabrina S. Baksh

    The combination of lemon and thyme is made for salmon, and this grilled salmon recipe is sure to become a dinnertime standby. 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

    Garlic halibut steak

     

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    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 fresh and delicious. 

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    Sea Bass With Garlic Butter

    Sea Bass
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    Sea bass can be something of a blank canvas when it comes to flavor. This recipe features a rich garlic butter that is used to baste the fish after it is flipped on the grill, making for a fish dish that is quick and easy, and one that everyone will love.

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    Blackened Red Snapper

    Grilled Red Snapper

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

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    Firecracker Salmon

    Firecracker Salmon
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    The spicy Asian-inspired marinade for this salmon loads it up with flavor. The marinade combines Sambal chili paste with soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar, and garlic. 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

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    Let's be honest—tilapia is a type of fish that can really use a flavor boost. This recipe infuses a good dose of lime and basil to this grilled fish after a short time in the marinade. The secret ingredient? A touch of bourbon.  

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    Onion Butter Cod

    Pacific cod
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    Cod is a great fish for the grill. It may need a gentle touch, but the buttery texture is fantastic. In this recipe, the butter flavored with white wine and onion is basted on the cod as it grills, creating layers of flavors on the fish as it cooks.  

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    Basil-Rosemary Grilled Trout

    Basil-Rosemary Grilled Trout
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    Trout is a popular fish that is lovely when it is freshly caught and cooked over a campfire. Although it is more likely we'll be cooking on a grill in our backyard, this fish will still be delicious, especially on a charcoal grill. In this recipe, the whole trout is stuffed with herbs and lemon slices, then put over a hot flame.   

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    Mexican Red Snapper

    Grilled red snapper on ti leaves
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    This is a classic Mexican recipe for grilling whole red snapper where the entire fish is coated in 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 With Orange-Chive Butter and Pecans

    Grilled walleye

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    This walleye fish is cooked on a piece of aluminum foil making it easy to grill, quick to cook, and simple to clean up. Just place the fillets on the foil, brush with oil, and grill. When close to done you top with an orange-chive butter studded with pecans, which give the fish a bit of a crunch and a nutty sweetness.  

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    Honey Mustard Sea Bass

    Grilled Honey-Mustard Sea Bass
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    This sea bass only needs a few minutes in the honey-mustard marinade before placing on the grill, so you can put this meal together in less than 30 minutes. Basting with the marinade creates a caramelized outer 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
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    Salmon steaks are one of the most popular types of fish to grill as they are easier to manage than fillets. The natural sweetness of this salmon is enhanced by a tequila-chili marinade; then the fish gets topped with a fresh tomato and chili salsa. This is an impressive meal that is quick and easy to prepare, perfect for an al fresco dinner party.  

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    Sea Bass Marinated in Sake

    Grilled Sea Bass Marinated in Sake
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    Sake is perfect when combined with fish—it acts as a mild acid to keep the meat fresh and tender while adding a slight tartness to the finished dish. The marinade for this sea bass, including soy sauce, sugar, ginger, and garlic, is loaded with flavor, making for a delicious Asian-inspired fish dish that is also simple to make. 

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    Lemon-Basil Halibut

    Grilled Lemon-Basil Halibut
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    This fish is simply elegant, and just might be the ultimate light and refreshing meal perfect for a hot summer night. The halibut gets a gentle seasoning before being cooked on a hot grill; the second it comes off, it is drizzled with a delicious lemon, caper, and basil sauce. 

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    Lime and Cilantro Halibut

    Lime and Cilantro Halibut
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    This halibut is great served simply as is, but is also a delicious base for fish tacos. The flavors of lime, garlic, butter, and cilantro are spiked with a little bit of heat from the red pepper flakes, which really let the halibut shine through. 

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    Spicy Tilapia With Aioli

    Spicy Tilapia with Aioli.

    This tilapia is coated with a dry rub of cumin, as well as chili, garlic, and onion powders creating a nicely seasoned blackened fish after it is grilled. Spoon on a simple but flavorful garlic aioli and you have a restaurant-quality dish. 

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    Soy Halibut Steaks

    Soy Halibut Steaks
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    This is the perfect halibut recipe for an Asian-inspired meal. Try doubling up the marinade and reserve half for pouring over the fish and some rice; the combination of butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and garlic makes for a rich and delicious sauce.

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    Chilean Sea Bass With Garlic Butter and Oregano Pesto

    Chilean Sea Bass with Garlic Butter and Oregano Pesto

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    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 takes that into account and doesn't mask those natural flavors with the oregano pesto and garlic butter; instead, the sauces are spooned onto the plate and then the fish is placed on top.  

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    Cedar Plank Halibut

    Cedar Plank Salmon
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    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. In addition, the light seasoning of this recipe lets the halibut shine through.

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    Bourbon Tuna Steaks

    Grilled Bourbon Tuna Steaks
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    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
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    Packet cooking is not only a simple way to cook a whole meal in an aluminum foil pouch but also ideal for including ingredients that may be challenging to grill. Onions and chilies help to flavor this halibut recipe, and the packet can simply be opened up right on each plate.  

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    Tandoori Cod

    Tandoori Cod
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    Talk about flavor! These cod fillets get a classic tandoori marinade before hitting the grill, making for a ​richly colored and deep flavored dish. Tandoori is a traditional Indian dish where food is marinated in a yogurt mixture and then cooked in a tandoor (a clay oven). But you don't need this special piece of equipment—the grill works beautifully.

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    Seared Tuna in Wasabi Sauce

    Seared Tuna in Wasabi Sauce
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    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 is lifted off 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

    Honey-Dijon Arctic Char
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    Arctic char is a great cold water fish. The honey mustard paste that flavors these fillets is loaded with herbs and only needs​ to sit on the fish for a short amount of time before placing the fish on the grill. 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

    Halibut Tacos with Spicy Radicchio-Avocado Slaw
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    These tacos make wonderful appetizers for parties as well as an exciting weeknight meal. They are loaded with flavor and the radicchio-avocado slaw is amazing, not to mention the halibut seasoned with honey, cumin, and chili powder.  

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    Blackened Fish

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

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    Grilled Trout Florentine

    Grilled Trout Florentine
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    Cooking this classic Italian recipe on the grill creates even more flavor with just a hint of smoke. While perfect for charcoal, this works just as well on a gas grill. The whole fish is stuffed with a spinach mixture, tied to close, and placed on the grill; basting with a white wine sauce adds another layer of flavor. 

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    Catfish With Rosemary-Balsamic Sauce

    Grilled Catfish with Rosemary-Balsamic Sauce
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    Catfish is a greatly underappreciated fish. This recipe brings out the natural flavors and then tops it with a balsamic, soy, and honey sauce that makes this a near-perfect dish. While quick and simple, this dish is also an elegant—and different—way to prepare catfish.

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    Grilled Lemon and Balsamic Sole Fillets

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    Sole fillets are one of the more delicate types of fish, but if you oil your grill well or use a grilling basket you should be able to accomplish this dish without a problem. The sole is first marinated in a mixture of balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, fresh parsley, chopped onion, and dried mustard and then placed on the grill for only 4 to 6 minutes until cooked through. Serve with lemon wedges for a light dinner on a warm summer night.