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Grilled Swordfish Steaks

Grilled Swordfish steaks are easy to make and delicious, too. They look fancy, but they are a no-fuss, flavorful, healthy dinner.

Grilled swordfish steak with butter and limes | Kita Roberts

Ever wonder about who should pay on the first date? With more and more people meeting on the internet, I read an interesting article on Chow the other day, about first dates and the bill. Now, I’m funny about the tab. Actually, I pretty much have to really dislike you to not offer to help out with the bill on the first date. That being said, I think a gentleman should insist on paying on the first date, no matter what I offer, but allow lenience if there is a second date.

I’m weird about money and won’t allow myself an extra drink or anything that may look a little extra on the menu if I know someone else is paying.

It wasn’t until I met and moved in with Handsome that the bill always just seemed to default to him. Do I think it’s right? Nope. But he makes more than me, and has a budget that can afford it. I do 99% of the grocery shopping, so there is my contribution to our food. And, I can assertively say, we eat quite well.

So what do you think? Who pays on date numero uno?

Grilled swordfish steaks are easy to make and delicious, too. They look fancy, but they are a no-fuss, flavorful, healthy dinner. //

Either way, grilled swordfish steaks are a great showstopper for if you make it to round two. All the look of a fancy meal and none of the fuss.

You’ve salivated over this recipe, run to the grocery store, and curses, no swordfish! Take a deep breath, all is not lost. Still committed to serving a high class fish dinner? Try one of these recipes out, they’re killer!

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Yield: 4 Servings

Grilled Swordfish Steaks

Grilled Swordfish Steaks

Grilled swordfish steaks are easy to make and delicious, too. They look fancy, but they are a no-fuss, flavorful, healthy dinner.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 2 swordfish steaks
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Table salt and ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for cooking grate
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, roughly minced


Charcoal grills

  1. Light a large chimney starter filled with charcoal and allow to burn until coals are fully ignited and partially covered with thin layer of ash, about 20 minutes. 
  2. Build a 2-level fire by arranging half of the coals over grill bottom and piling remaining coals on 1 side of grill. Position cooking grate over coals, cover grill, and heat grate until hot, about 5 minutes. Grill is ready when side with coals is hot.
  3. Cut swordfish steaks in half to make 4 equal pieces.
  4. Brush fish with olive oil and generously sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Scrape grate clean with grill brush. Lightly dip small wad of paper towels in vegetable oil; holding wad with tongs, wipe cooking grate.
  6. Grill swordfish, uncovered, turning once (using a spatula, never tongs on fish), over hot part of grill until steaks are covered with dark grill marks, 6 to 7 minutes.
  7. Move fish to cool part of grill and cook, uncovered, turning once, until center is no longer translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from grill and place a small slice of butter on each, a spritz of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of parsley. Serve immediately.

Gas Grills:

  1. Turn all burners to high, cover, and heat grill until very hot, about 15 minutes.
  2. Follow recipe for steaks through oiling the grate, grilling swordfish, covered, turning once, over high heat until steaks are covered with dark grill marks, 7 to 9 minutes.
  3. Turn heat down to medium and cook, covered, turning once, until center is no longer translucent, 4 to 6 minutes.


from Cook’s Illustrated Summer Grilling 2011

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 228mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate from For specific health concerns, please put the recipe into your Dr recommended nutrition calculator.

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Grilled swordfish steaks are easy to make and delicious, too. They look fancy, but they are a no-fuss, flavorful, healthy dinner. //

Hester aka The Chef Doc

Saturday 7th of July 2012

I'm going through my thousands of posts on Foodbuzz, Kita ;-) And I enjoyed reading this one. First off, the swordfish looks amazing and I think that'll be my next fish purchase. I haven't had swordfish in awhiles and looking at this recipe brings back wonderful memories. Secondly, I had to chuckle because I'm TOTALLY THE SAME WAY--I won't order a drink or order more if I know someone else (who isn't necessarily obligated to pay for me) is paying! Unfortunately, I wish some people would think like us because they just order, order, and order and believe that we should SPLIT the bill. I actually find that pretty rude. What do you think?


Monday 29th of August 2011

Your swordfish looks amazing!


Sunday 28th of August 2011

Oh the fish looks perfect! It sounds so fresh and delicious :)


Friday 26th of August 2011

Looks delicious!

Parsley Sage

Friday 26th of August 2011

The dude. Hands down. I dunno, I was raised in Oklahoma and that's just how it is. I was shocked when I went to college and the guys expected ME to not only pay but open my own doors, pull out my own chairs and now that I think about it I was expected to ask THEM out in the first place! Some boys are so dumb.

Awesome swordfish, my not-dumb boy would love this :) Buzzed!

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