Garlic-Chili Swordfish with Grilled Pineapple and Papaya

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Get that Caribbean vibe at your table by serving this tropical Swordfish with Grilled Pineapple dish. So easy to prepare, it is ready to devour in under 30 minutes. Grilled swordfish, pineapple, and papaya bring an exotic vibe to the dish and the tangy sauce is made by combining orange juice, honey, garlic-chili sauce, and limes. This fabulous recipe pairs perfectly with cilantro lime rice.

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Swordfish with Grilled Pineapple

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading all the way through for any tips or substitute suggestions, to ensure that you have any specialized ingredients and equipment required and that you understand the steps and timings involved.

This swordfish with grilled pineapple and papaya recipe is a great choice for a dinner party, as it is an easy-to-prepare meal, but looks super impressive!

With the bright colors and flavors, and the fruit providing a tropical flair, this dish is sure to please. The garlic-chili swordfish will be a hit with the spicy lovers at the table, while the grilled pineapple and papaya provide a sweet counterpart.

Serve the swordfish with rice (try our cilantro-lime rice) but can be enjoyed on its own as well.

Swordfish is a lean and flavorful fish that is great for grilling. It is a mild, slightly sweet fish with white or pinkish-orange flesh when raw, which turns beige once cooked.

Because of its mild flavor, it is a great fish for those who don’t like “fishy” fish, and it has a delicious meaty texture, similar to that of fresh tuna, (or even beef steak!)

The fish is not only delicious but also very healthy and high in protein and antioxidants.

This fresh and flavorful fish dish is ready in 30 minutes, making it perfect for those busy weeknight dinners, but also for the weekends when you don’t have much time. When it comes to quick meals, it doesn’t always have to be chicken or pasta! Why not give swordfish a try?

Swordfish Steak

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, and pepper, as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen already. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • ProteinSwordfish Fillets
  • Fresh Produce Limes, Pineapple, Papaya, Cilantro (Fresh Coriander)
  • Honeytry to buy locally produced honey when possible.
  • Garlic Chili Sauce
  • Garlic Powder

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Garlic-Chili Swordfish with Grilled Pineapple & Papaya Recipe for Summer

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Recipe for Garlic-Chili Swordfish with Grilled Pineapple & Papaya

Recipe Tips

  • For best results, prepare the sauce in advance to allow the flavors to fully develop and use a firm papaya that is not overly ripe for this application.

How Do I Make Swordfish with Grilled Pineapple?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

How to Make Garlic-Chili Swordfish with Grilled Pineapple & Papaya

Garlic-Chili Swordfish with Grilled Pineapple & Papaya

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Get that Caribbean vibe at your table by serving this tropical dish of swordfish with pineapple and papaya.


  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1-2 Tbsp garlic-chili sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ medium pineapple, trimmed and cut into spears
  • ½ medium papaya, trimmed, seeded, and cut into spears
  • 2 (6-oz/170g) swordfish fillets
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro (coriander) leaves, chopped


  1. Prepare the sauce by whisking the orange juice, olive oil, honey, garlic-chili sauce, garlic powder, and lime juice together in a medium bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Divide the sauce into two small bowls and set aside.

    Mixing Garlic-Chili Marinade (Sauce)

    Whisking the Garlic-Chili Marinade
  2. Spray a large grill pan with non-stick cooking spray or lightly brush with olive oil. Set over medium-high heat and add the pineapple and papaya spears. Generously season the swordfish fillets with salt and black pepper and add to the hot grill pan.
  3. Brush the garlic-chili sauce from one of the bowls over the fillets and fruit and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the fillets release easily from the bottom of the pan.

    Brushing Swordfish with Marinade
  4. Turn the fish and fruit and cook for another 4-5 minutes, or just until the swordfish is cooked through. Do not overcook. Continue brushing the fillets and fruit with the marinade throughout the cook time.
  5. Remove from heat and divide the swordfish and grilled fruit between individual serving plates. Garnish with the fresh cilantro right before serving and offer the remaining chili-garlic sauce on the side. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 937Total Fat: 51gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 1587mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 3gSugar: 41gProtein: 60g

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