Grilled Pineapple and Swordfish Kebabs with Cilantro-Lime Rice

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Grilled Pineapple and Swordfish Kebabs may sound a bit exotic but they are incredibly easy, nutritious, and delicious! For great results, after marinating the swordfish in garlic and lime, BBQ grill it, before adding it to the skewers along with pineapple and peppers. These kebabs taste amazing served with cilantro-lime rice.

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Grilled Pineapple and Swordfish Kebabs

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

If you are looking for a more unusual fish dish to try, I think that these grilled pineapple and swordfish kebabs (kabobs) might be right up your street!

Cubes of marinated swordfish are threaded onto skewers with fresh pineapple, red onion, red peppers, and tomatoes, then grilled to perfection and served with cilantro-lime rice.

What Does Swordfish Taste Like?

Swordfish has a mild, slightly sweet taste, and isn’t a “fishy fish”, so it’s a great choice for those that are new to eating fish. It’s also classed as oily fish, with firm, succulent, meaty flesh. If you’ve had tuna steaks before, the texture is similar.

Interestingly, the flesh of some swordfish has an orange tint, caused by their diet of shrimp (and other prey) and are sold as “pumpkin swordfish”! That made me smile, because: pumpkins!

Swordfish has a number of health benefits, is protein-rich and loaded with niacin, vitamin B12, zinc and Omega-3.

Because of the size of a swordfish, the meat is usually sold as steaks, and available fresh or frozen – although fresh swordfish is the best to use in this recipe. Make sure you remove the skin (or ask your fishmonger to do it for you) before cutting it into cubes for this kebab/kabob recipe.

To protect fish for future generations, there are concerns about the overfishing of swordfish so it is best to choose a certified sustainable source – as you should do with all of your fish for food purchases.

Swordfish Steaks

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.

Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog. I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. You can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never mix imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).

Swordfish Kebab Ingredients

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Pineapple Swordfish Kebabs

Recipe Tips

  • Soak the wooden skewers in a bowl of water for at least 30 minutes to overnight.
  • With their tropical flavors, these would be perfect Luau Party Food to serve to your friends and family.

How Do I Make Swordfish Kebabs?

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 Pineapple Swordfish Kebabs

Grilled Pineapple and Swordfish Kebabs

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Swordfish kebabs may sound a bit exotic but they are incredibly easy, nutritious, and delicious!


  • 8 large wooden skewers
  • 16 oz (450g) swordfish, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 16 oz (450g). fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime zest, preferably organic
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Non-stick cooking spray (or butter, olive oil, or coconut oil)
  • 2 large limes, cut into wedges
  • Cilantro-Lime Rice, to serve


  1. Place the swordfish, pineapple chunks, red onion, and red bell pepper in a large glass or another non-reactive bowl.

    Cubed Swordfish
  2. Add the olive oil, lime zest, fresh cilantro, and garlic powder and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine. Set aside to marinate for 15-20 minutes, stirring once or twice during that time.


    Marinating Swordfish & Pineapple
  3. Spray a large grill pan with non-stick cooking spray (or lightly grease with butter, olive oil, or coconut oil). Set over medium heat.
  4. Thread the swordfish and veggies alternatively onto skewers. Working in batches if necessary, place on the hot grill pan. Cook until the veggies are slightly charred and crisp-tender, and the fish is flakey, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Remove from heat and serve immediately with Instant Pot® Cilantro-Lime Rice, if desired, and lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!

    Swordfish Kebabs with Cilantro Lime Rice
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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