Indonesian Grilled Swordfish

by Melissa on June 6, 2011

Living in New England, we get about 7 months of grilling weather every year (and sometimes that is stretching it!), so we take full advantage. Just like when I am cooking inside the kitchen, I try to mix up what kind of foods we grill outside as well. This recipe is a great alternative to the typical grilled foods you might have, but just as easy to prepare and absolutely delicious!

Indonesian Grilled Swordfish

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil, plus extra for brushing on the grill
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (~2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup minced or finely chopped ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 (8-ounce, 1-inch thick) swordfish steaks
  • Kosher salt
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Combine the soy sauce, canola oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, ginger root, garlic, and mustard in a bowl. Pour half the sauce in a low flat dish that’s just large enough to hold the swordfish in one layer. Place the swordfish on top of the sauce and spread the remaining sauce on top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.

Thirty minutes before you’re ready to serve, build a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill.

When the coals are medium-hot, brush the cooking grate with oil to prevent the fish from sticking. Remove the fish from the marinade, allowing some of the ginger to cling to the fish, and discard the marinade. Sprinkle the fish on both sides with salt and place it over the coals. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, just until it’s no longer pink in the middle. Place on a platter, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot or warm with lemon wedges.

Source: Slightly adapted from Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics.

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Andrew June 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Actually nice and simple. i just bought a swordfish steak and needed an idea on how to do it right. i like the brushed on oil part. would’ve never thought of it.


Jolene ( June 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

I have never had swordfish before!


Kelly June 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm

The ingredients sound wonderful – my only concern with sworfish is the mercury… I may try substituting the fish and enjoy your beautiful marinade with it. Thanks Melissa –


sensiblecooking June 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm

WOw I have never grilled fish with such flavors. Looking at your picture I am so excited to try it out. Yummy


Pepy @Indonesia Eats June 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I love swordfish, a perfect fish for grilling. I like to use it for souvlaki.


Jessica June 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Melissa, I saw this recipe on your blog last week and I think it sounds DEVINE! One question though: I don’t think I can find Swordfish in Texas – not easily, at least. Is there another type of fish that you’d recommend substituting?

Hope you’re doing well! xoxo


Melissa June 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

Hi Jessica!
You would definitely need to use a firm fish that would hold up to marinating and grilling. Maybe tuna steaks? Thanks for stopping by! :)


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