17 healthy grilled fish recipes – eat this not like that

Barbecues and cooking outside are often considered unhealthy, but that’s mainly because we tend to choose greasy meats, burgers, and hot dogs for our main dishes. Chicken is always an option but basic chicken breasts can be boring, and let’s face it, everyone wants a little excitement when grilling.

If you want something healthy, tasty and fun for your next barbecue, go to the sea. Many types of fish are perfect for grilling, tolerate high heat and pair perfectly with all your favorite summer sides, plus they provide nutrients and good fats you won’t get in a steak.

When choosing a fish for grilling, skip the light, crusty fish, such as sole and trout, and opt for the meatier species below. These healthy grilled fish recipes are perfect any time the weather cooperates.

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Mahi mahi grilled with green sauce
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

The Italian version of the green sauce is loaded with flavor-packed ingredients like parsley, anchovies, capers, and lemon juice. It goes with any grilled fish, but the meaty mahi mahi is a great option that won’t fall apart easily on the grill.

Get the recipe for grilled mahi mahi with green sauce.

Mahi paleo grilled with red pepper sauce
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

The spicy roasted red pepper sauce is also perfect for mahi mahi in this easy and healthy barbecue recipe. If you don’t have time to prepare the sauce, just buy your favorite harissa sauce.

Get our recipe for Grilled Mahi Mahi with Red Chili Sauce.

Grilled paleo salmon with ginger and soy butter
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Salmon is one of the most tolerant of grilling fish because it is full of good-for-you fats, which means it won’t stick easily. Simple ginger and soy butter along with fresh chives will add to the flavor of the fish.

Get our recipe for Grilled Salmon with Ginger Soy Butter.

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Ambitious Kitchen Grilled Fish Tacos
Courtesy Ambition Kitchen

A quick marinade mixed with lemon juice, garlic, and spices adds a neutral – and affordable – taste to tilapia. The star of this dish is the cold sour cream with creamy avocado and tangy mango. The final touch is a light charcoal on the tortilla.

Get the Ambitious Kitchen recipe for grilled chili fish tacos.

Grilled swordfish with caponata
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Swordfish is a seafood steak because it tolerates grilling well. Caponata, Sicilian’s answer to ratatouille, as the recipe states, is the perfect salty/sweet complement to the lighter meat of fish.

Get our recipe for grilled swordfish with caponata.

Low Calorie Honey Mustard Salmon with Roasted Asparagus
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This light glaze of sweet honey and tangy mustard is the perfect 3-minute sauce for grilled salmon. It’s also great on shrimp, scallops, and chicken!

Get our recipe for grilled salmon with honey and mustard.

Healthy grilled calamari salad
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If you’ve only eaten fried calamari as an appetizer, you’re missing out on one of the healthiest and easiest fish to grill. A quick roast in a hot skillet is the trick to keeping this famously tough and tasty fish. Chili, basil, and peanut sauce add a Thai twist to this unexpected and delicious appetizer.

Get our recipe for spicy grilled calamari salad.

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Eating bird food grilled salmon salad
eat birds courtesy

This bright and sunny summer recipe celebrates all the best of the season. Crispy sweet grilled corn, juicy peaches, fresh tomatoes, and mixed vegetables make the perfect bed for marinated salmon.

Get the Eating Bird Food recipe for Grilled Salmon Salad with Peaches and Corn.

A couple cooks grilled tuna steaks
Courtesy of a couple chefs

If you are looking for a fish that goes through a perfectly rare rib, tuna is your best bet. Grill the fish but leave the inside red for best flavour. The best part is that this fish takes just a few minutes on the grill. As far as grilled fish recipes go, these are the simplest of all.

Get a recipe from two chefs for the best grilled tuna steak ever.

Asian tuna burger with wasabi mayo
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Real tuna is an expensive fish, but if you have some juicy steaks that aren’t ready to grill, the best thing to do is turn it into a burger! Chill the fish before grinding it in a food processor and tossing it on the grill so everything stays together.

Get our recipe for an Asian-inspired tuna burger with Wasabi Mayo.

Couple of chefs grilled cod
Courtesy of a couple chefs

As they say in the A Couple Cooks blog, cod is the perfect “starter fish” because it’s light while also being meaty. Homemade bleaching seasoning is perfect for cod. The trick to grilling cod properly is not to fry it too soon. They suggest waiting until the fish comes out of the grill, then it’s ready to be flipped.

Get a chef’s couple’s recipe for perfectly grilled cod.

Healthy pesto swordfish
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Pesto and swordfish are a match made in heaven. Take 30 minutes to marinate the fish in your favorite store-bought pesto sauce for bright flavor. Tender blistered tomatoes with garlic add a bright touch to this deceptively easy dish.

Get our recipe for healthy grilled swordfish steak topped with pesto.

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Grilled fish with sauce
Courtesy run to the kitchen

The trick to grilling delicate scallops is a clean, hot, well-greased grill. Sweet and tangy tomatillo-plum salsa adds the perfect contrast point to meaty scallops and is packed with nutrients.

Get the kitchen’s recipe for grilled scallops with Tomatillo Plum Salsa.

Grilled turmeric fish
Chef Courtesy Inquiry

Another great way to grill seafood is to put it on skewers. The kabobs help you turn the fish so that all sides have nice grill marks and the fish is cooked evenly. This recipe features Thai-inspired ingredients and is packed with flavor rather than fat.

Ask the chef’s recipe for turmeric fish skewers.

Grilled salmon burger

If your salmon isn’t quite ready to grill, turn it into a burger! To make the perfect burger, blend some salmon in a food processor as a binder or quickly blend all of the salmon to leave the burgers with a delicious texture. The sauce with mayonnaise is filled with different herbs and lightened with lemon. Do more because this sauce will taste good in every way.

Ask the Chef’s recipe for a salmon burger with a lemon-herb cream sauce.

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Grilled halibut recipe

Real halibut can be pricey, but you were going for a great spring steak, right? This is another grilled fish that requires minimal additives to be perfect. Cook over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes or until fish begins to loosen from grates and finishes 3 minutes on the other side. A quick dash of lemon and smoked sea salt is all you need, but another savory sauce like truffle aioli or our salmon lemon-and-herb dressing will work.

Get a chef’s recipe for cooking grilled halibut.

Grilled salmon with hummus
Courtesy of Kristen Kidd

Chermoula is a traditional North African condiment usually made with fresh herbs, lemon juice, and various spices. It adds exceptional flavor to lightly fried chickpeas and is the perfect healthy complement to simple grilled salmon.

Get our recipe for grilled salmon with chickpeas charmooli.

Now that you have a bunch of foolproof healthy grilled fish recipes in your back pocket, there’s no excuse for grilling boring burgers or sausages again. Try one of these delicious options this weekend!

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