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Grilled swordfish topped with cilantro and lime wedges
I buy swordfish pretty much every time it goes on sale. If I don’t buy it, I must have a really good reason. It’s my 5 year old’s very favorite kind of fish. That’s right, my 5 year old son, Dexter, loves fish. He begs for it. My baby brother is living with us for the summer and had never eaten swordfish before. Dexter was shocked and felt a strong need to rectify this ghastly situation. Lucky for both of them, swordfish was on sale. Now, if you haven’t had swordfish, I strongly urge you to rectify this ghastly situation as well. It’s a nice steak version of fish that is meaty and flaky, mild in flavor, and simply wonderful off the grill.
So what did my baby brother think? I’m pretty sure he’s fallen in love with swordfish, too. He devoured it! We split 2 lbs of swordfish between 4 people. That’s some full bellies right there. Dexter eats as much as we’ll let him have. My brother did the same thing. You gotta love those puppy-dog eyes looking at the food, just hoping you’ll offer them an extra scrap. Fish forever!
cilantro lime grilled swordfish on a white platter

Time To Make It: 20 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 (1/2 a pound of fish per person so it’s some good-size portions)


2 (1 lb) Swordfish Steaks
3 limes, juiced
2 TB olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, quartered


1. Pour lime juice and olive oil over swordfish steaks. Season with salt and pepper and half of the cilantro leaves.

2. Preheat an outdoor gas grill until it is smokin’ hot. Grill the fish for 5-7 minutes per side until it flakes easily with a fork. Actual grilling time will depend on the thickness of your fillet.

3. Sprinkle remaining cilantro over each steak and serve with lime quarters.

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Brooke Kempher
September 6, 2016 10:13 pm

How would I cook this in the oven? I don’t have a grill.

August 16, 2016 5:47 pm

Love the simplicity of this recipe! Paired it with grilled zucchini slices.

Jennifer S
August 7, 2016 6:44 am

What would you recommend as complementary sides for this recipe? Looking forward to trying it!

September 25, 2015 5:59 pm

We love swordfish and I buy it whenever it goes on sale too. It's so great for freezing because it holds up well when it thaws. I love that you added lime & cilantro. I am doing that very soon!! Your pictures are beautiful, Rachel!

Darrell Wayne
September 18, 2016 5:43 pm
Reply to  Jessica Wood

Frozen swordfish has a totally spongy consistency! Its not a surprise frozen swordfish is half the price. Fish should never be frozen!

July 3, 2014 6:00 pm

We have been talking about swordfish lately, and this recipe is exactly what I need, thanks!!

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