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lic Grilled Swordfish

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Lemon Garlic Grilled Swordfish is a delectable seafood dish that showcases the exquisite flavors of swordfish while infusing them with the bright zest of lemon and the aromatic richness of garlic. This recipe is a testament to the art of grilling, where the marriage of succulent fish and a citrusy, garlicky marinade creates a dish that’s as impressive as it is delicious.

Historical Context:

Grilled swordfish, as a culinary delight, has its roots in Mediterranean cuisine. The technique of grilling fish over an open flame dates back centuries and was often enjoyed by coastal communities. Lemon and garlic have also been staples in Mediterranean cooking for ages, prized for their ability to enhance the natural flavors of seafood.


  1. Prepare the Marinade:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, chopped parsley, salt, and black pepper. Whisk the ingredients together until well incorporated.
  • Marinate the Swordfish:
  • Place the swordfish steaks in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag.
    • Pour the marinade over the swordfish, ensuring that each steak is generously coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. For more intense flavor, marinate for up to an hour, but avoid marinating for too long, as the acidity of the lemon juice can begin to “cook” the fish.
  • Preheat the Grill:
  • While the fish is marinating, preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Brush the grates with oil to prevent sticking.
  • Grill the Swordfish:
  • Remove the swordfish steaks from the marinade and let any excess drip off.
    • Place the steaks on the preheated grill and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes per side, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Timing may vary depending on the thickness of the steaks, so keep a close eye on them.
    • While grilling, use a basting brush to apply some of the remaining marinade to the swordfish, enhancing its flavor and keeping it moist.
  • Serve:
  • Once the swordfish is cooked to perfection, carefully remove it from the grill using tongs.
    • Serve the Lemon Garlic Grilled Swordfish hot, garnished with fresh parsley and lemon wedges for an extra burst of citrus flavor.
  • Enjoy:
  • Dive into this delightful dish, savoring the tender, lemon-infused swordfish with hints of garlic and the smoky char from the grill. It pairs wonderfully with a crisp white wine and your favorite side dishes, such as a Mediterranean salad or grilled vegetables.


Lemon Garlic Grilled Swordfish is a timeless recipe that encapsulates the essence of coastal Mediterranean cuisine. With its rich history and tantalizing flavors, this dish is a testament to the art of grilling seafood. The combination of succulent swordfish, zesty lemon, and aromatic garlic creates a symphony of tastes that will leave your taste buds dancing. It’s a delightful way to enjoy the bounty of the sea and the flavors of the Mediterranean right in your own backyard. So, fire up that grill and treat yourself to a taste of culinary history with this exquisite recipe.


prep time
20 minutes.
cooking time
Time is 10
total time


  • Grill

  • Mixing bowl

  • Whisk

  • Basting brush

  • Tongs

  • Microplane grater or zester

  • Knife and cutting board


  • 4 swordfish steaks (6-8 ounces each)

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • Juice of 2 lemons

  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Prepare the marinade.
Marinate the swordfish.
Preheat the grill.
Grill the swordfish.
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