Chili-Garlic Rubbed Swordfish

by Matt on January 2, 2011

Sweet, spicy, and tender…


This swordfish recipe was lipsmackin’ good ;)

I think that people often overlook swordfish when they are considering their seafood options. When cooked properly, it is tender, buttery, and very tasty. It has a very mild flavor (and it is not too “fishy”), so it takes on the taste of what you season it with.

I actually really enjoy it, but I don’t make it that often. It can be hard to find around here (it is also severely overfished) and I have also heard that you should not eat it very often due to the mercury content. I have no idea how true this actually is, but it is not something that worries me since I only eat it once every few months.

However, when I can find it, I always pick up a piece ;)

This variation of swordfish with a chili-garlic-lime sauce gives it a southwestern flair. It has a spicy kick, but nothing overwhelming that will keep you attached to your margarita.

I am actually not a huge fan of spicy food, but a little bit of a kick does not bother me at all. Actually, I like it ;)

Chili-Garlic Rubbed Swordfish


  • 2 TBS freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 4 swordfish steaks (6 ounces each)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 TBS olive oil


  1. In small bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lime juice, garlic, and chili powder until well blended.
  2. Place the swordfish in a shallow dish, and pour the marinade over the fish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  3. Remove the fish from the marinade, drain off any excess, and discard the marinade.
  4. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Preheat a grill to medium high heat.
  6. Grill the fish for 5-6 minutes (depending on the thickness of your steaks) per side, or until cooked through. Be sure not to overcook.


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January 2, 2011 at 9:19 AM

My husband is always asking me to cook more fish (as opposed to the vegetarian meals that I normally make at home) so I’ll have to make this recipe for him. I think he’d like it.


MattNo Gravatar January 2, 2011 at 1:26 PM

What kind of seafood does he like?


January 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I have never had swordfish but it looks so good! I may be making it soon…
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January 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever tried swordfish before. Sometimes I miss eating fish :)
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January 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Have you done a post about your roasted potatoes that I missed? Yours always look fantastic!
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MattNo Gravatar January 2, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Look under “side dishes”, which is under my recipe tab, which is under my header. All of my potato recipes are there ;)


lindsayNo Gravatar January 2, 2011 at 2:59 PM

thats one gorgeous lookin fish! I love the spice rub, nice touch!


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