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Grilled Swordfish

May 17, 2020

white fish

Swordfish on the Grill

 Summer is right around the corner, and it's the perfect time to start planning your backyard dinners. We want to make sure you leave room for swordfish in your summer grilling plans! We love grilled swordfish, and we want to share this wonderfully meaty and delicious fish with you. 


Swordfish cooked on the grill is an ideal addition to your backyard grilling plans for the summer! Grilled Swordfish recipes incorporate fresh ingredients and flavors that are refreshing and delicious all summer long. Grilling swordfish steaks on a gas grill is so quick and easy that even a novice griller can create a delightful meal very little work! 

Our Swordfish steaks are firm, delicious, and great first seafood for your family to try on the grill. Many people grow to love swordfish because of its meaty and hearty texture and its mild taste. Swordfish quickly becomes a favorite for people who prefer "less fishy" fish. 


Our swordfish is wild-caught and delicious. Our fishers treat our swordfish well from the moment they leave the ocean, so we can guarantee you the best tasting and textured swordfish. When you order swordfish steaks with us, they ship to you over dry ice so that they remain frozen until they reach your front door. 

Cooking Swordfish:

Swordfish is versatile and can stand up to a variety of cooking techniques.  Grilling swordfish steaks is one of our favorites ways to enjoy swordfish. Grilled swordfish is easy and quick, and you don't have to be an expert to create a delicious grilled swordfish.  


Join us while we share a simple grilled swordfish with you so that you can enjoy this fantastic fish with your friends and family all summer long. 



What is Swordfish?

Swordfish are large and highly migratory fish that live throughout the world's warmer oceans. Any recipe that you would use with tuna will work for swordfish as well. While many think that swordfish would be a more robust tasting fish, swordfish has a surprisingly mild, slightly sweet flavor.  


Choosing Flavors for Your Swordfish:

Swordfish can take on a variety of flavors from tangy citrus to spicy chipotle. Because swordfish is so versatile, seasoning and marinating your swordfish steaks depends on your favorite flavors. 

Why Grill Swordfish? 

 Grilled swordfish steaks are moist, flavorful, and very firm. Because swordfish is so firm, it can withstand harsher cooking techniques such as the grill. 

As a very firm white fish with a mild flavor, swordfish is excellent for those who may not be accustomed to eating seafood. Swordfish is an excellent introductory fish for people who think they won't like seafood. 

Grilled Swordfish Calories:

Swordfish is high in protein, omega-3 fish oils, and 3.5 ounces has only 121 calories in grilled swordfish. Swordfish is also high in selenium, which is an essential nutrient for the health of our bodies. One serving of swordfish contains over 100% of the daily recommended value of selenium. Swordfish is also high in B Vitamins, and Vitamin D. One three-ounce portion of swordfish will give you your full recommended daily amount of all three selenium, B12, and Vitamin D. 

While there are many health benefits to eating low fat, high protein fish like swordfish, there is a drawback to eating swordfish for some people. 

While swordfish is a lean source of protein, as a larger predatory fish, swordfish is higher in mercury, so pregnant women and children ought to choose other types of seafood with lower mercury levels. 

Grilled Swordfish Steaks: 

When you order swordfish steaks, they come in individually-sealed vacuum bags so that you can choose how few or how many you want to cook. 

For an easy grilled swordfish, we recommend you choose a grilled swordfish marinade. Marinating your swordfish steaks helps enhance the flavor of your swordfish as well as protect your swordfish steaks from drying out on the grill. Fish marinades typically incorporate an oil and an acid. Olive oil helps to keep your swordfish moist during cooking. A variety of acids can flavor your swordfish. Both citrus juice and vinegar can marinate your swordfish steaks. 

Usually, we would recommend no more than a 30-minute marinade for white fish, but since swordfish is such a firm fish, swordfish steaks can withstand a slightly longer marinade time. 

 Some of our favorite flavors to complement our swordfish steaks are:

  • Balsamic marinated grilled swordfish
  • Grilled blackened swordfish
  • Grilled swordfish with mango salsa
  • Lemon and mint grilled swordfish
  • Lemon and basil grilled swordfish
  • Mayonnaise marinated grilled swordfish (trust us, it's good!)
  • Rosemary and lemon grilled swordfish 

With its mild flavor, swordfish can take on a wide variety of flavors and marinade ingredients. Herbs and citrus are a classic combination that always compliments swordfish on the grill, especially when making grilled swordfish kabobs. Believe it or not, a simple grilled swordfish marinade is a coating of mayonnaise. The mayonnaise helps the swordfish stay moist during the cooking process and adds a savory salty flavor that perfectly complements your swordfish.  

*A note on marinades*

A marinade doesn't have to be a wet marinade. Dry rubs are an excellent way to add flavor to your swordfish steaks. Blackened seasonings, herbs, and other dry rubs are a great way to spice up your swordfish dinner! 

Grilled Swordfish Marinade Recipe:

For a backyard summer BBQ, we love all the flavors of summer in one meal. Try this lemon and mint marinated swordfish for your next grill party. 


  • 1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 2-3 tablespoons of freshly chopped mint leaves 
  • Two cloves of garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste. 


  1. Salt and pepper both sides of your swordfish steaks
  2. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, mint leaves, and garlic in a small bowl and stir to combine. 
  3. Coat both sides of the swordfish steaks in your lemon and mint marinade. 
  4. Marinate your swordfish steaks for as little as 15 minutes and as much as 45 minutes before grilling.  

How to Cook Swordfish on the Grill: 

Cooking swordfish on the grill is super simple and easy. When preparing to make a swordfish dinner, be sure to choose the marinade ahead of time and have all of the ingredients on hand. If you don't have time to shop, a simple coating of mayonnaise is a perfect marinade, and most everyone keeps mayo in the fridge—plan to marinade your swordfish steaks for at least 15 minutes before cooking. 

Directions for Grilled Swordfish: 

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Medium-high is an excellent swordfish grilling temperature
  2. When ready, place your marinated swordfish steak directly on the grill. 
  3. Grill your swordfish steaks on the first side for 3-4 minutes. 
  4. Turn your swordfish steaks and grill for another 3-4 minutes. 
  5. Remove your swordfish steaks from the grill when they reach a grilled swordfish internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Your swordfish steaks will be slightly opaque in the center. Do not over grill your swordfish, or it will be dry.  

Despite being a thicker fillet, swordfish grill times are not as long as you would expect. We doubt you will end up grilling your swordfish steaks for longer than five minutes per side. Short grilled swordfish times are what make it such an easy fish to grill.  

Side dishes for Grilled Swordfish: 

If you're looking for side dishes to complement swordfish at your backyard summer party, try some of our favorites! 

  • Grilled summer vegetables
  • Grilled or steamed corn
  • Pasta salad
  • Asian marinated broccoli slaw
  • Wilted kale

Sauces for Grilled Swordfish: 

Swordfish is an excellent candidate for sauces as a firm white fish that serves up more like a steak than a delicate fillet. Sauces add flavor and moisture to your swordfish steaks, so they can help mask slightly overcooked swordfish if you leave your steaks on the grill a little bit too long! 

Swordfish Sauces:

  • Charmoula sauce
  • Butter and caper sauce
  • Mediterranean cherry tomato sauce
  • Dill cucumber sauce
  • Dijon cream sauce
  • Cilantro Lime Crema

Enjoying Grilled Swordfish: 

Grilled swordfish is delicious at any time of the year, but there's something special about having an outdoor meal during the nicer weather. Grilling is especially lovely when you can cook the entire meal on the grill without messing up your kitchen. Try grilling your swordfish next to some grilled corn and other summer veggies for a fully grilled meal. 

 Pairings for Grilled Swordfish:

Compliment your grilled swordfish with full-bodied Chardonnay or an ice-cold Amber beer for a perfectly paired beer or wine. If you're using mint in your marinade, set some aside for some icy mojitos at your summer party! All of these options will help bring out the subtle flavors of your swordfish steaks for a well-rounded summer meal. 

We want to help you consider every aspect of your meal from marinade to sides and beverage pairings to help you impress your guests without adding any complicated recipes or cooking techniques. 


Grilling swordfish steaks is easy, quick, and delicious, especially when you can order swordfish from us without having to leave the comfort of your home. You can shop for our seafood selections right from home. Our swordfish steaks come in five and ten-pound packages of individually wrapped swordfish steaks. Our swordfish steaks are wild-caught, delicious, and easy to cook on the grill! 


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