Grilled Fish with Lemon and Capers
Grilled Fish with Lemon and Capers is a delicious summer dinner, and you can make this with any fish that’s firm enough to cook on the grill!
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This Grilled Fish with Lemon and Capers is something I first made back in the days when I was grilling fish on a houseboat at Lake Powell. I made this with halibut, back in the days before it was so expensive, and this was long before anyone thought about sustainable seafood. But now the wild-caught Mahi Mahi I get from Costco is classified as a good choice.
You may not think of capers as being an ingredient that goes with fish, but I love the tang they added to this recipe. I think this flavorful marinade with lemon juice, lemon zest, capers, Dijon, and just a touch of onion and garlic flavor would be good on just about any type of fish, and And you can make this with any type of fish white fish you have on. hand!
What ingredients do you need?
- white fish fillets
- oil for oiling grill
- lemon pieces for serving fish (optional)
- lemon zest
- fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Dijon mustard (affiliate link)
- extra virgin olive oil
- Capers (affiliate link)
- Garlic Powder (affiliate link)
- Onion Powder (affiliate link)
- Dried Parsley (affiliate link)
- fresh ground black pepper
What kinds of white fish can you use for Grilling?
What kind of fish should you use when a recipe calls for “white fish?” White fish refers to mild-flavored quick cooking fillets of fish such as cod, bass, grouper, haddock, catfish, and snapper and you can use any of those as long as they are thick enough for the grill. You can also use pieces of halibut, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, or Tuna for this recipe.
Why did I use dried herbs in the fish marinade?
I love to use fresh herbs in cooking, but in marinades like this I use ingredients like onion powder, garlic powder and dried parsley because they dissolve a bit more into the liquid of the marinade and don’t leave clumps of onion, parsley, or garlic on the fish or meat when it’s grilled. If you prefer to use fresh onions, garlic, or parsley, I would increase the amounts a little.
What if you don’t have an outdoor grill?
If you don’t have an outdoor grill (or it’s not grilling weather), grilled fish like this can easily be cooked on a stove-top grill pan with ridges (affiliate link) or a George Foreman Grill (affiliate link) with good results. Remember that the George Foreman Grill cooks both sides at once so grilling time will be a lot shorter!
How to Make Grilled Fish with Lemon and Capers:
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- If you’re using frozen fish it’s best to thaw overnight in the fridge, but in a pinch you can thaw them in cold water. (The Mahi Mahi I got at Costco comes individually wrapped like this, and although I know it’s extra packaging it does make them handy to keep in the freezer.)
- Zest the lemon and squeeze the juice. Chop up the capers a little and then whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, Dijon, chopped capers, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, and black pepper.
- Put the thawed fish pieces in a small Ziploc bag and pour in the marinade. Let fish marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours. (Don’t leave it much longer than that or the lemon juice will start to “cook” the fish.
- Sorry I didn’t get better photos of the fish on the grill! Remove fish from the marinade and grill about 10 minutes per inch of thickness.
- I cooked these pieces about 9 minutes total.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
The salad served with the grilled fish in this photo is Chickpea Salad with Red Peppers, Mint, and Sumac, so check that out if you’re a chickpea fan and don’t mind a few carbs. For a low-carb dinner this would be delicious with Asparagus and Radish Salad with Feta and Easy Grilled Vegetables.
More Tasty Ideas for Cooking Fish:
Soy-Grilled Mahi Mahi with Korean Dipping Sauce
Kalyn’s Lake Powell Fish Marinade
Baked White Fish with Pine Nut, Parmesan, and Pesto Crust
Grilled Fish with Lemon and Capers
This Grilled Fish with Lemon and Capers is a delicious idea for cooking fish. You can use a stove-top grill pan if you don't have an outdoor grill.
- 4 Mahi Mahi filets
- 1 T oil for oiling grill grates
- lemon pieces for serving fish (optional)
- 1 tsp. lemon zest (more or less to taste)
- 3 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 T capers, chopped (or more if you really like capers)
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- Thaw frozen fish overnight in the fridge.
- Let the fish come to room temperature, drain in a colander, and pat dry when you’re ready to cook.
- Zest the lemon, squeeze lemon juice and chop the capers.
- Whisk together the marinade ingredients.
- Put thawed fish filets into Ziploc bag or plastic container with a snap-tight lid.
- Pour marinade over, and allow to marinate 2-3 hours. (Don’t leave it longer than that for best results.)
- When you’re ready to cook the fish, spray grill with nonstick spray or brush with oil, then preheat the grill to high.
- When grill is hot, put fish on, with the top side facing down. (For a gas grill, I lower heat to medium high when I put the fish on.)
- To get nice grill marks, lay fish at an angle to grill grates, then rotate fish a quarter turn after about 3 minutes.
- Cook about 3 minutes more on same side, then turn carefully and cook 3-4 minutes on other side.
- Total cooking time will be about 10 minutes per inch of thickness of the fish, depending on how hot your grill is.
- Fish is done when it feels firm, but not hard, to the touch.
- Serve hot, with additional lemons to squeeze over if desired.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 290mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 49g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Grilled Fish with Lemon and Capers is not only delicious, it’s perfect for any low-carb eating plan or any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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27 Comments on “Grilled Fish with Lemon and Capers”
Wow, this looks awesome. I love fish on the grill.
Yes, that's another good reason for cooking fish on the grill.
Excellent recipe; I have not cooked with mahi-mahi much but I am tempted now, especially since it is grilled (and won't smell up the house!).
Shirley, thanks for sharing that link. And I agree, the myth is probably here to stay. I appreciate the nice feedback about the photos too.
Joanne, I might eat cardboard if it had lemon and capers on it, but it was especially good on this fish!
The dish on the plate is a garbanzo bean salad with roasted red peppers and mint. It's not on the blog yet, but will be coming soon!
Definitly going to try this recipe but I'm curious as to what is on the plate with it?
I made mahi mahi for the first time a few months ago and I really liked it! Lemon and capers definitely sound like an excellent compliment to it!
Well, mahi mahi is dolphinfish, but not the mammal, "Flipper." I don't think the myth will ever die because of mahi mahi being known as dolphinfish as well. I like Dave's comment about the fish with two names. Too funny! Anyway, oh, yum on your mahi mahi. So easy and so good! Your photos are so wonderful now, Kalyn. They really show us how good your recipes will be when we try them!
Thanks Dave! And you can call me baby any time!
Nancy, I think salmon and Mahi Mahi are my two favorite fish for the grill. Love this recipe with the capers.
I love mahi mahi and always forget to make it. Your sauce sounds yummy!
The fish so nice they named it twice… Wonderful marinade, great tips and while your original photo was… OK, you have indeed come a long way bab… um Kalyn
Morgan, I like your additions/replacements a lot. This is a very old recipe and I probably wouldn't use the powdered garlic or onion myself now either. And dill would be great in this! Glad it was a hit.
Thanks for getting me started!
I added a little fresh dill and replaced the powder garlic/onion with fresh fine chopped – and let me tell you… I got smooches from the wife and the kids!
And I really like the healthy replacement – olive oil instead of butter. I still miss the butter though…
I get Mahi Mahi from costco too, well, when I am not in Argentina anyway I do, your picture looks lovely and is making me quite hungry!
Looks juicy! Oh yum. I’ve never heard of Mahi Mahi before.
Kalyn, i made an aubergine salsa which i though could go with the WHB. Who’s hosting it this weekend? Is it back with you?
Great picture. Really looks good. Always looking for good fish recipes.
Doodles, how funny that they have it on the menus!!
Rose, sounds like we are both Costco fans. I love Costco. NPR calls it “The Church of Costco.”
Rorie, I’ve had a few people tell me I shouldn’t eat it. LOL
I love mahi mahi, and your picture looks wonderful. Yum.
Gosh, I had no idea that there was a dolphin/mahi-mahi confusion controversy. I don’t believe I’ve ever eaten a dolphin, but I love love love mahi-mahi! Last time we visited Kauai I ate eat every day. Yum. I’ll definitely be trying this!
I always liked Mahi Mahi because it tasted fresh no matter if it was from a frozen source.
Costco has an incredible range of frozen products for those of us who aren’t close to the waters or the sources for seafood. I’m always amazed at their selection of goods no matter what (even if it comes in sizes too large for one person to handle).
Kayln I live in Florida where mahi mahi is everywhere. And on almost every menu there is a disclaimer that “NO YOU ARE NOT EATING FLIPPER”!!! Grouper is another very similar fish to Dolphin….we call it dolphin. Mahi Mahi I believe came from Hawaii – not sure.
Your grilled dolphin looks yummy….