Grilled Swordfish with Avocado Salsa

by Erica Dinho on June 17, 2010

Swordfish with avocado Salsa

I made this dish last week after I found myself overcome with a craving for swordfish and aguacate (avocado). The delicate fish meat was perfect with the avocado salsa, and the tiny diced jalapeño gave the it all just the right amount of heat.

This is a light and nutritious dish and excellent served either on a bed of lettuce leaves or over plain white rice. If you have leftovers just make some swordfish and avocado salsa tacos, like I did!
Swordfish Tacos

Swordfish has a firm texture that makes it ideal for cooking on the grill, but this dish is also good with grilled tuna steaks, salmon, tilapia or chicken.

Enjoy it!



(4 servings)


  • 4 swordfish steaks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Avocado Salsa

  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Fish with Avocado Salsa


  1. o make the Avocado Salsa: Place the avocado, jalapeño, onion, lime juice, tomato, chopped cilantro and olive oil in a small bowl. Mix well and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Pre-heat the grill on high heat and oil the grill rack. Coat the swordfish with olive oil.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Sprinkle both sides of each swordfish steak generously with the spice rub.
  4. Grill the swordfish directly over high heat, turning once, until grill-marked, firm to the touch and opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  5. Place the swordfish steaks on individual plates and top with the avocado salsa. Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs and serve.
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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeannie June 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM

oh yummy! I love the look of that fish! The salsa looks good too….great idea with leftovers on tacos.


2 Chef E June 17, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Oh I know this is good, because of the photo and I remember the first time I tasted sword fish, it was fantastic! I had never had anything exotic outside of talapia and catfish- so now I want one some of your tacos!


3 Barbara June 17, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Swordfish is a perfect fish for the grill, isn’t it Erica? And I love your bright, crisp and delicious avocado salsa topping!


4 Nora June 17, 2010 at 2:51 PM

That looks so tasty – fresh and yummy. Especially in a taco – I might skip straight to the leftovers option!


5 Joan Nova June 17, 2010 at 2:57 PM

I haven’t had swordfish in quite some time. I don’t know why but thanks for reminding me of it. Your preparation looks delicious.


6 Jhonny Walker June 17, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Erica..I am at a loss…I am salivating…oh this is soooo good!


7 Belinda @zomppa June 17, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Swordfish is a perfect fish for this – robust and hearty!


8 Erica June 17, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Thank you all!!!This is a delicious summer dish!


9 Gloria June 17, 2010 at 5:20 PM

I love grilled fish, look awesome. Me encanta Erica se ve delicioso! gloria


10 Simply Life June 17, 2010 at 5:36 PM

I really need to stop reading your blog before I have dinner – it makes me want to eat everything in sight and wish I had your food in front of me…


11 Faith June 17, 2010 at 7:57 PM

The flavors in this looks so fresh and bright — I bet it was a fantastic taco!


12 Sandra G. June 17, 2010 at 9:33 PM

I’m Drooling right now! too bad is so late to go get some swordfish at the supermarket! Yum!


13 Baking is my Zen June 17, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Photos look great! I want to poke my fork in the fish and try a piece!



14 Joanne June 17, 2010 at 11:15 PM

So many fresh flavors in this dish! Perfect for summer. I love all of the colors in that salsa!


15 Ivy June 18, 2010 at 12:14 AM

We love making swordfish souvlaki with tzatziki but this is another recipe I would love to try.


16 Anh June 18, 2010 at 12:56 AM

How lovely is that piece of fish? I always run out of idea with fish, but this recipe sounds delicious and easy enough!


17 grace June 18, 2010 at 5:40 AM

that is some MEATY fish! it looks quite tasty, even to this fish-hater. the salsa is terrific–i could fill my belly with that and be completely satisfied. :)


18 norma June 18, 2010 at 10:21 AM

I have not had swordfish in such a long time. This looks wonderful as all your dishes do.


19 5 Star Foodie June 18, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Grilled swordfish sounds terrific with avocado salsa, yummy!


20 Carla June 19, 2010 at 9:13 AM

I love swordfish and have not had it in some time now. In fact I don’t remember seeing it sold fresh up here in NC. Though I will be watching for it now. You have given me a lilghter version of my usually blackened dish.


21 tasteofbeirut June 19, 2010 at 9:30 AM


I love this meal and would love the tacos the next day! nothing taste better than avocado salsa in my book.


22 Mary June 19, 2010 at 1:51 PM

This looks like a wonderful bright, light and tasty meal. I love halibut and swordfish, so I, of course, love recipes for either. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary


23 Oysterculture June 19, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Wow I bet the flavors would just leap off your tongue like the colors are leaping off the screen. This dish looks just so yummy.


24 zara June 22, 2010 at 11:18 AM

This looks really good! Great for the summer :)


25 Adriana June 24, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Made this dish two days ago and my husband loved it! Thanks Erica


26 Erica June 25, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Thank you all for the comments and feedback!


27 Adam August 11, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Excellent recipe. My wife had never tried swordfish before and now she wants it all the time!


28 Mark August 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Just made this for my colombian wife. It was amazing! But I left out the jalapeño as my wife doesn’t like spicy food. Will definitely make this again.


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