Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa is fresh, vibrant and cooks in minutes! A simple sauce works as both a swordfish marinade and an easy salsa topping! This post is sponsored by Thrive Culinary Algae Oil.
My daughter’s pescatarian phase has graduated into a way of life. And if there’s anything I have learned from parenthood, even when children throw you curve balls, you quickly learn to adapt and embrace the change with each phase in life. So even if it means I’m dirtying more dishes at dinner cooking for all the eaters in our family, it also means we are all eating more fish, which is a good thing.
Swordfish has become a favorite for all of us — it’s a fish we can all agree on! Since it’s a firm fish, I’ve found it to be the best suited for grilling, taking on grill marks beautifully and releasing from the grill with ease. And because it is mild in flavor, I can quickly add vibrant flavors for a dinner the whole family will love.
Fresh herbs, garlic, and citrus were my inspiration behind these Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa, not to mention the need for a quick and simple dinner in under 30 minutes! This week has been especially cramped for time since my daughter has been busy with auditions and callbacks, so you can imagine how I’ve been turning to simplicity!
To make the Grilled Swordfish Kebabs, I turned to one of my favorite oils. Do you remember when I first introduced you to Thrive Culinary Algae Oil? I made these Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Jicama Slaw and it continues to be one of my go-to oils, whether for sauteeing, baking or grilling! I’m so excited to be partnering with them again on a series of posts over the next several months so I can share with you just how versatile the oil is!
What I love about Thrive Culinary Algae Oil is that compared to other oils, it has the highest percentage of monounsaturated fat (MUFAs), the good fat, which is helpful in maintaining heart-healthy cooking! And in this recipe, because Thrive has a high smoke point, it’s perfect for grilling the swordfish, while the neutral taste really allows the marinade and salsa’s flavors shine through. Plus, Thrive Culinary Algae Oil is available nationwide on Amazon Prime!
Let’s chat about this marinade for a second, shall we? What makes it awesome is that it adds two layers of flavor! About half of it is used to marinate the fish, allowing it to soak in the citrus-herb flavors, and the other half gets tossed with more bites of orange, garlic, and herbs in a salsa that adds freshness to every bite. A double duty marinade makes this so easy!
Double duty…story of my life! It’s all about finding those shortcuts without sacrificing flavor, another life lesson that translates from the kitchen to real life.
Disclosure: This post is brought to you in partnership with Thrive Culinary Algae Oil. Thank you for supporting brands that matter to me; sponsored posts such as this help behind the scenes at Kitchen Confidante. All opinions in this post are, as always, my own.
Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa
For the Swordfish Marinade
For the Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa
- 1 1/2 pounds swordfish sliced into 1-inch cubes
- 1 cup mandarin oranges (about 4 mandarin oranges peeled and sliced into 1/3-inch pieces)
- 1/4 cup scallions finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1/4 cup Swordfish Marinade
- Fresno chili (optional) finely chopped
- kosher salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
Make the Swordfish Marinade
- Place the cilantro, garlic, scallions, orange zest, orange juice, sherry vinegar, Thrive Algae Oil, salt and pepper into the bowl of a food processor.
- Pulse until the marinade ingredients are finely chopped and the consistency of a thick sauce.
Make the Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa
- In a large, glass bowl, stir in 3 tablespoons of the Swordfish Marinade to the prepared swordfish. Make sure the swordfish is evenly coated with the marinade. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for about 30 minutes.
- If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning.
- When ready to grill, preheat the grill to high. Thread the swordfish onto prepared wooden or metal skewers. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Grill the swordfish kebabs for about 3 minutes per side, or until the swordfish is cooked through.
- While the swordfish cooks, finish the salsa by combining remaining swordfish marinade with oranges, scallions, garlic, and Fresno chili, if using. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- When the swordfish is grilled, remove from grill and serve with salsa. Enjoy!