Something is fishy and we suspect it’s your next meal! Grilled fish recipes are tasty, easy to make, and can even be healthy. Fish is full of good nutrients, and protein, and is low on fat.
Grilled fish is recommended as one of the healthiest meals to make for heart-healthy practices. With fish this good, you can’t go wrong.
The best-grilled fish dishes include spices, herbs, and seasonings and with recipes such as grilled cod, salmon, halibut, and tilapia it’s easy to make exactly that.
So let’s get swimming and look at our 20 best-grilled fish recipes.
1. Seasoned Grilled Fish
Seasoned grilled fish is a timeless and easy dish to make. Your entire meal can be done in less than twenty minutes. With only a few ingredients this is one of the easiest grilled fish recipes you’ll find.
The fish you choose is mostly up to you. We recommend using a white-fleshed fish such as tilapia, redfish, or flounder.
These fish are mild, but with the right seasoning can become the centerpiece of the meal. And the olive oil can’t be left out as it helps to keep the fish from sticking to the grill.
2. Grilled Fish Steaks
Grilled fish steaks are a simple dish but pack a lot of flavors. This recipe requires some patience as it will take over an hour to make.
The fish will marinate in the fridge for a long time before being put on the grill and that takes about an hour in itself.
It is important to drain the excess liquid from the fish when it comes out of the fridge. Too much liquid and the fish will become soggy and won’t grill well.
It may not cook or it may cook too much. Soggy fish is more unpredictable.
3. Grilled Cod
Grilled cod goes with anything and this recipe will make it so much easier to put this dish on the table. This dish can be ready in a half-hour and can serve four people.
The grilled cod is fairly large as it is. Depending on how many you grill you’ll definitely have leftovers.
The secret ingredient to this recipe is butter. Butter goes in almost every recipe, but this grilled cod it will be used to baste the fish while on the grill.
Mixed with lemon juice and green onion, the butter mixture is beyond compare.
4. Grilled Salmon
Like many other grilled fish recipes, grilled salmon is a summertime hit. With a short list of ingredients and a bit of patience, this grilled salmon will be ready before you know it.
This dish can serve four people, but with some extra fillets, it’s easy to make more.
Our best tip is to keep an eye on the temperature of your grill. Too much and your salmon will be gone, toasted. The grill should be kept between 450 and 500 degrees.
Do not touch the grates to see if they are at the right temperature. This will burn you.
5. Grilled Greek Fish
Grilled Greek fish can’t be beaten when it comes to tilapia. This dish, with a host of Grecian seasonings, can be ready in less than an hour.
Half of that time is marinating the fish in the fridge with Greek seasoning, lemon zest, and fresh mint. Along with olive oil, oregano, garlic, and lemon juice, the tilapia will be tasting great by the time it comes out of the fridge.
It’s important to clean and grease your grill before using it. A dirty grill can get charcoal on the fish, An ungreased grill will cause the fish to stick.
6. Grilled Fish Tacos
These grilled fish tacos are not only easy to make but they are super healthy as well. They only have 330 calories and they are full of vegetables and fruits like cabbage, avocados, and red onions.
The dish can be made with almost any kind of white fish. We recommend using tilapia, mahi-mahi, cod, snapper, or halibut. Their mild flavours make a perfect palette for the seasonings.
The dish also comes with a kick with hot sauce. We recommend using sriracha or Valentina hot sauce to bring out the heat and make it truly taste like a taco.
7. Grilled Fish Sandwiches
The best-grilled fish recipes are the simple ones. This recipe takes two steps, a handful of ingredients, and twenty minutes to make four servings of grilled fish sandwiches.
This grilled fish sandwich doesn’t require an expert to make and will certainly bring out the flavour.
We recommend using lime juice and lemon peppers to season the fish before grilling them and adding the honey mustard and mayonnaise onto the sandwiches before adding the grilled fish.
This will allow for the most flavour to sink into both the fish and the buns.
8. Grilled Salmon with Wasabi-Dill Yogurt Sauce
This grilled salmon with wasabi-dill yoghurt sauce is a sure way to spice up your next meal. This dish is easy to make. With only six ingredients and a few steps, it can be done in a half-hour.
And salmon is full of B vitamins and Omega-3 which are very healthy for the body.
While we recommend keeping this dish on the grill, it can also be prepared in the oven or on the stovetop.
This recipe when baked in the oven has a smoother buttery taste that isn’t as crispy as it is on the grill.
9. Grilled Shrimp
Grilled fish ideas come from left and right, but what’s really needed is some grilled shrimp. This grilled shrimp recipe is easy enough to make and can use any kind of jumbo shrimp.
Whether it’s fresh or frozen, the shrimp will still sit well with the seasonings and sauces.
It’s important that you thoroughly clean your shrimp before grilling them.
There may be remaining pieces of the shells or debris still on the shrimp which will not be good for anyone once cooked.
10. Marinated Tuna Steak
Looking for grilled fish dinner ideas? Look no further than marinated tuna steak. This recipe will take time and patience to make, but it is worth it.
There is a large handful of ingredients and it will take an hour to make this meal, but the marinated tuna needs to be in the fridge for half of that time.
This recipe has only 200 calories. Soy sauce, orange juice, and garlic go into the marinade and fill the tuna with a unique taste that is not only yummy but healthy as well because it does not contain extra fats.
11. Grilled Shrimp Salad
This grilled shrimp salad with honey mustard vinaigrette is a summer must-have. With ingredients like lettuce, peppers, corn, and tomatoes, this dish is healthy and refreshing.
And most of it is made directly on the grill making it an easy recipe to make.
This salad can be made however you’d like. The romaine lettuce, corn, and peppers will be grilled and we recommend keeping those ingredients.
However, other ingredients like cucumbers, avocados, tomatoes, and more can be traded in and out as much as you’d like.
12. Grilled Scallops
What to make on the grill? Grilled scallops! These grilled scallops are easy to make and only take 20 minutes to prepare and cook them. This recipe will make four servings. We recommend doubling the recipe if you’re looking to feed a larger crowd.
Our best tip for grilling scallops is to choose your scallops wisely. They should be the same size and shape so that when they are on the grill they won’t cook unevenly.
Cooking one won’t overcook another when grilled at the same time.
13. Japanese-Style Grilled Fish
Japanese-style grilled fish has a unique flavor that doesn’t come from other grilled fish recipes.
With zesty and tangy flavors, Japanese-style grilled fish are easy to make and with a bit of patience will be a dish that will wow your crowd.
Most fish can be used for this recipe. However, we recommend marinating fish like amberjack, salmon, marlin, catfish, mackerel, bluefish, and mullet for a longer period of time.
They are oily fish with strong flavors and need to be marinated longer to overpower the original taste.
14. Grilled Halibut
Halibut is a mild-flavored fish, but with the right seasonings, this fish can be turned into a great meal. Grilled halibut is an easy, healthy recipe that can be done in 20 minutes.
It serves two people, but the servings are large and can be split if needed.
Variations of this recipe are easy to make. If you’re looking for a substitute for the olive oil, use ghee which is nuttier in flavor.
Adding spices such as dried thyme and smoked paprika can add a zesty taste to your fish and change the dish entirely.
15. Grilled Swordfish
BBQ fish recipes for the grill usually involve salmon, halibut, or redfish, but this swordfish recipe is worth fighting for.
This recipe can be made in under a half-hour because the fish only needs to marinate for fifteen minutes.
Swordfish can be difficult to find. We recommend going to your local fish markets to get the freshest fish.
Talking to the local sellers or fishermen can help you pick out your fish, but if you need to check yourself make sure that the red part of the swordfish is red and not brown. The brown means it’s gone bad.
16. Grilled Salmon in Foil
Grilled salmon is a common recipe, but grilling it in foil is easy and is great for beginners. Much like working with potatoes, the foil will make sure that the inside of the fish remains moist and tender and will protect the fish from becoming dried out.
If you’re looking to add different flavors to your grill salmon we recommend adding lime, soy sauce, or BBQ sauce to the foil with the salmon.
You’ll need to adjust your recipe to accommodate these changes, but it’s really fun to experiment with.
17. Lemon-Stuffed Grilled Branzino
If you’ve never heard of branzino, fear not. Branzino is a sea bass found primarily around the European coast.
This sea bass is really low in fat and can be very healthy on its own. Adding lemons and herbs will bring out even more flavor and add to the richness of the fish.
This recipe will take some patience as it takes about 45 minutes to make. This time is split between preparing the fish and grilling the fish. The fish should be seasoned with salt and pepper before stuffing it with thyme, bay leaf, and lemon slices.
18. Grilled Tuna Salad
Fish on the grill recipes can be complicated, but this grilled tuna salad with albacore tuna steaks is easy to make.
It requires patience as the dish will take an hour to prepare and cook, but the instructions are easy and the list of ingredients is short.
We recommend using fresh tuna instead of canned. While either will work, the fresh tuna will bring out better flavours and won’t have endured a shelf life that can taint the fish or make it go bad without warning.
19. Lime Herb-Grilled Halibut
This lime herb-grilled halibut is healthy and easy to make. It’s one of the best halibut recipes out there and with the right tools, it can be done and ready to serve in less than an hour.
Not only will the fish be marinated in the lime and herb marinade, but it will be drizzled with the mix as well.
The tool you’ll need the most for this recipe, aside from the grill, is a food processor or blender.
The lime zest and lime juice will go through the machine along with garlic, olive oil, and hot sauce.
20. Grilled Branzino with Rosemary Vinaigrette
Branzino or European sea bass grilled and drizzled with rosemary vinaigrette is a delight that not only looks professional but is so easy to make because of its short ingredient list and easy-to-follow instructions.
Our best advice is to thoroughly wash the fish in cold water before beginning. This will take out any pollutants, extra scales and gills, and debris that may be stuck to the fish.
After the fish is washed it should be patted dry gently. This will let the fish remain tender and not dried out.
20 Best Grilled Fish Recipes
- 6 tbsps olive oil
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 (6 ounce) fillets halibut
- In a large bowl pour the olive oil and lemon juice and stir it well. Add in the parsley, garlic, and basil. Once this marinade has been mixed well add your salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour the marinade over the halibut in a sealed bag or shallow dish. Then, put the bag or dish into the fridge. Keep this cool and marinating in the fridge for an hour and turn the fish every once in a while.
- Move your grate on the grill to 4 inches away from the heat. Oil the grate lightly and then preheat the grill.
- After an hour has passed, drain the excess marinade from the halibut and place them on the grill at high heat.
- Keep your halibut on the grill for 5 minutes on each side. The fish should be grilled until the fish is flaky. This can be tested with a fork.
- Serve and enjoy!