Simple Grilled Swordfish Recipe

Simple Grilled Swordfish Recipe

Simple Grilled Swordfish Recipe

Our family loves cooking healthy, fresh seafood meals on the grill. One of our favorite varieties to make because of its mild yet meaty flavor is Swordfish on the grill. Our Simple Grilled Swordfish recipe is quick and unexpectedly simple to prepare, which is perfect for families always on the go.This Grilled Swordfish recipe is even delicious for those who don’t love seafood as the mild and clean taste of swordfish makes it a great meal for even the pickiest of eaters.

Swordfish steaks are perfect for the grill as the meat remains moist and tender even after being flame grilled. Swordfish steaks are high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids which makes this Grilled Swordfish Recipe delicious and guilt free.


Swordfish Steaks Madden's Seafood Market Raleigh NC

What does Swordfish taste like?


Swordfish has a slightly sweet taste with a meaty, dense texture. The meat of swordfish is lean, but has a strong fat content and somewhat oily similar to salmon and mako shark. The meat is generally cut into steaks which remain tender and moist after grilling or broiling. The taste of this Swordfish recipe is perfect for those who do not enjoy the fishy flavor of some seafood as its flavor is mild and clean tasting. The Swordfish steaks remain very firm after cooking which hold up well to marinades and many different seasoning combinations. Don’t worry about removing the skin of the swordfish prior to cooking, it is very easy to remove once thoroughly cooked.

How well should Swordfish be cooked?


Swordfish does need to be cooked more well done than other varieties of fish. Cooking on the grill on Medium High heat should take about 4-5 minutes per side to cook the steaks. We recommend cooking this Swordfish recipe to Medium Well as the steaks will be thoroughly cooked, but still remain juicy. You should cook the Swordfish Steaks to an internal temperature of at least 135-140 degrees (We always recommend using a food thermometer when cooking fish as it can tend to become dry quickly. Madden's customers recommend food thermometers by Thermapen like this one.) 

To ensure the fish does not stick to the grill make sure the grill grates are properly cleaned, the grill has been pre-heated and brush the grates with a little bit of vegetable oil prior to placing the steaks on the grill.

Should you wash Swordfish before cooking?


Prior to cooking Swordfish or any fish for that matter, Madden’s recommends running the fish under cold water to remove any excess juices. Always make sure to pat the Swordfish steaks dry with a paper towel after rinsing and allow the steaks to sit to remove excess moisture before cooking.

Ingredients for Grilled Swordfish Recipe


  • 4 Swordfish Steaks (about 7-8 oz each)
  • 1 medium sized lemon
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 3 tsp fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


Grilled Swordfish Recipe Madden's Seafood Raleigh NC

How to Make Grilled Swordfish


  1. Begin by rinsing the Swordfish steaks and patting them dry
  2. Juice and zest the lemon into a small bowel
  3. Add the thyme in with the lemon mixture
  4. Mince the garlic and add it to the lemon mixture
  5. Add the Olive oil to complete the marinade and whisk all ingredients together
  6. Season each side of the steaks with the the kosher salt
  7. Place the Swordfish steaks into a zip tight bag and add the marinade
  8. Set the steaks in the marinade in the refrigerator for 20 minutes
  9. Turn on the grill and let preheat for 7-10 minutes on medium high heat
  10. After 20 minutes, remove the steaks from the fridge
  11. Reduce the heat of the grill to medium, remove the steaks from the marinade and place on the grill
  12. Cook the steaks on each side for 4-5 minutes until cooked thoroughly (Cook to an internal temperature of 135-140 degrees minimum)
  13. Remove the steaks from the grill once fully cooked, finish with a final spritz of lemon juice and enjoy!

Final Thoughts

Cooking Swordfish on the grill is one of our family's favorite meals. Cooking Swordfish at home can seem intimidating, but this Swordfish recipe makes cooking Gourmet Swordfish at home simple. You can even allow the Swordfish to marinade longer in advance and take out the steaks just prior to cooking on the grill for a time efficient dining experience. Swordfish is an item we have in stock almost weekly at Madden’s Seafood so try some on the grill this week!

See you at the Stand!

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