Grilled Rockfish with Garlic and Basil

June 13, 2016 2 Comments

Grilled Rockfish with Garlic and Basil

Global Seafoods' best grilled rockfish recipe

Rockfish taste isn't a well-known fish, but it should be. It is versatile and flavorful without being overly ″fishy.″ It may not be as flashy as salmon or other Pacific and Atlantic wild seafoods, but what it lacks in appearance it more than makes up for in flavor and texture. Wild Pacific Rockfish comes in many varieties, such as yelloweye, dusky, and Black Rockfish, and they all share the same great quality meat.  It's easy to learn how to cook and lends itself well to many cooking styles and flavor profiles including bbq, Asian-inspired, and spicy Mexican flavors. Check out our grilled rockfish fillet recipe and see for yourself what Alaskan Rockfish has to offer your taste buds!


How to cook rockfish


Mush like other white fish, cook rockfish is simple to prepare and its mild flavor makes it the perfect fish to absorb any flavors you add. This particular recipe calls for a tangy lemon and garlic marinade for at least thirty minutes which will infuse the rockfish flavor while working to keep the meat tender and mouthwatering. 

A quick trip to the grill, about 5 – 6 minutes per side, will have this tasty morsel on your plate in no time. While it cooks, you can throw together a quick salad or prepare some herbed butter for your bread. 


  • 3tb Vegetable Oil1tb Lemon juice
  • 4tb butter 4 clove garlic
  • 2tb Basil, fresh; chopped
  • 1 dash Cayenne pepper


 Marinate the fish in the oil and lemon juice for at least 30 minutes before grilling. Grill for 10 to 15 min, turning only once. Time depends on the thickness of your fish. Heat the butter and stew the garlic for 3 min stirring constantly to make sure it doesn't brown. Add the basil, cayenne pepper and remove from the heat. Either pour the garlic butter over the fish or serve it in a gravy boat on the side. 

Did you enjoy this grilled rockfish recipe? We'd love to hear from you! How did you like this recipe? Did you make any changes? Let us know in a comment or an email, and we'd also love to hear any suggestions and requests for new blogs and recipes.

Where to buy rockfish online

Most American fish markets don't normally have rockfish, it can be hard to find fresh. Thankfully, you can purchase your rockfish frozen from a reputable source, like Global Seafoods.

2 Responses

Vicki Walker
Vicki Walker

February 11, 2018

This was a good base recipe, but I changed it up significantly. We eat quite a bit of rockfish and this is now one of my favorite recipes. Rockfish is a blank canvass — you can’t hurt it with anything you do, and it’s particularly suited to the grill because it’s firm and won’t fall apart. So, here are my additions:
To the marinade I substituted garlic olive oil (crush several garlic cloves into oil and keep in fridge for just such occasions) for the vegie oil; added 1 T turbinado sugar; added 1/4 c. liquid amino (you can use Tamari, if you like), pinch of crushed red pepper, 1 T lime juice, and 1/4 c. white wine.
To the sauce I added 3 T garlic olive oil to the butter along with 2/3 c. thinly sliced Mayan sweet onions; sautéed them until soft, then added 1/3 c. white wine, the cayenne and basil. I served the fish over brown rice with quinoa, and then spooned the sauce over the top. You can sprinkle fresh parsley or cilantro on top. Serve with a side of fresh raspberries for color.

Dave Makela
Dave Makela

November 03, 2017

I subsituste veggie oil for avaocado oil. Changes everything for the better.

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