Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa on a cutting board with salsa on the side.

Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa

Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa is fresh, vibrant and cooks in minutes! A simple sauce works as both a marinade and an easy salsa topping!

Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa on a cutting board with salsa on the side.
Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa

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.

Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa on a serving board.

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.

Swordfish for Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa

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!

Thrive Algae Oil with ingredients for Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa.

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!

Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa on a plate.

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

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! 
Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Citrus Herb Salsa on a cutting board with salsa on the side.
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5 from 2 votes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, Pescetarian
Keyword citrus, fish, herb, pescetarian, salsa, seafood, swordfish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating time 30 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 348kcal
Author Liren Baker

Ingredients

For the Swordfish Marinade

  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 scallion chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Thrive Culinary Algae Oil
  • 2 tablespoons mandarin orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mandarin orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

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

Instructions

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!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 863mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 18.3% | Vitamin C: 27% | Calcium: 4.1% | Iron: 5.3%
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Comments

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    • Liren Baker

      Thank you so much, Julia! I’ve been cooking with swordfish more and more…it’s so meaty and perfect for grilling…plus the best part is that we all love it! :)

    • Liren Baker

      Dorothy, that is the ultimate compliment, thank you so much!! I love that they are dinner party worthy but are so easy, that it’s great for busy weeknights, too!

    • Liren Baker

      Hi Sharon, yes, you can absolutely broil the kebabs – it should take about 10 minutes, be sure to rotate a few times. Hope that helps!

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