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Grilled Swordfish Steak Recipe

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Spicy Swordfish on the Grill is made with swordfish steaks, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon, hot sauce and grilled to perfection.


  • 3 swordfish steaks, about 5 to 6 ounces each
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons hot sauce (Valentina, Cholula, or Franks)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper


  1. Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  2. Brush each swordfish with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper (as much or as little as you like). Flip the swordfish and repeat on the other side.
  3. Place the swordfish on the grill. Cook for 5 minutes on one side then flip the sword fish. Apply the hot sauce on the cooked side with a brush. Cook for an extra 4 minutes, flip and apply hot sauce on the other side. The fish should flake easily while maintaining firmness.
  4. Remove the swordfish from the grill and add on a plate. Finish with a splash of fresh lemon juice.


  • Choose fresh swordfish: When purchasing swordfish, look for a bright and shiny appearance with no signs of discoloration or dryness. Fresh swordfish should have a firm texture and a mild, slightly sweet scent.
  • Marinate the swordfish: Marinating the swordfish can add extra flavor and help keep it moist during grilling. Try marinating the swordfish in a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice for at least 30 minutes before grilling.
  • Don't overcook the swordfish: Swordfish can become tough and dry if overcooked. It's best to grill the swordfish for about 4-5 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C). Use a meat thermometer to ensure it's cooked perfectly.
  • Use high heat: Preheat the grill to high heat before cooking the swordfish. This will help create a nice crust on the outside while keeping the inside moist and tender.
  • Let the swordfish rest: After grilling, let the swordfish rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute and the fish to finish cooking.
  • Serve with flavorful sides: Swordfish pairs well with a variety of flavorful sides such as roasted vegetables, grilled corn on the cob, or a fresh tomato and cucumber salad.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 199.7
  • Sugar: 0.0 g
  • Sodium: 130.8 mg
  • Fat: 8.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 29.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 56.7 mg