Mediterranean Grouper with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

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If you are looking for lighter, fresher meals to serve your family now that summer is approaching, you simply must try this Mediterranean Grouper recipe! The white fish is pan-seared with garlic, lemon, and capers and served with a warm salad of tomato, cucumber, Kalamata olives, and Feta. This blend of flavors is out of this world!

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Mediterranean Grouper

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.

This delicious pan-fried fish recipe is full of the flavors of the Med and a perfect dish for the warm summer months.

With ingredients like lemon, capers, Kalamata olives, garlic, and Feta cheese, you can’t help but feel like you’re sat at a table on a Mediterranean island!

As well as tasting amazing, it is a quick dish to make – ready in just over 20 minutes. You could even prep the salad in advance, leaving just 12 minutes to cook the fish.

This speedy grouper recipe would be perfect to serve at a casual dinner party with friends, or as a light mid-week meal for the family.

Grouper Fish Fillets on a wooden chopping board with a knife laid next to them.

What is Grouper?

Grouper fish are members of the sea bass family and are found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide. Australians call them Coral Trout and Rock Cod.

There are 159 species of grouper, and the black or red grouper is the most common for eating. Grouper is one of Florida’s most valuable commercial fisheries and as such it is very popular in that part of the world.

Grouper has no intramuscular bones, so if one of the reasons for not eating fish is because of the small bones, this isn’t something to worry about in this recipe! The fish has large, chunky flakes, almost like lobster or crab, and is lean and firm and has a sweet mild flavor. Make sure to remove the skin before cooking as it is strongly flavored and tough.

You can buy grouper in the UK, but you may have to buy it online or from a fishmonger. The Marine Conservation Society in the UK has it listed as a fish to avoid due to overfishing. However, the NOAA (USA) says their stock of red grouper in waters along their coasts is not overfished.

If you don’t want to use grouper, you can substitute for any other firm, white fish such as snapper, mahi-mahi, amberjack, cod, black sea bass, shark or haddock.

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 doesn’t 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.

  • Protein – Grouper – or other mild wild fish fillets
  • Fresh Produce – Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Cucumber, Limes, Garlic, Lemons, Thyme
  • DairyFeta Cheese.
  • Kalamata Olivesor any other black olives.
  • Capers

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.,).

Mediterranean Fish with Lemon, Garlic & Capers

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Mediterranean Grouper Recipe with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

How Do I Make Mediterranean Grouper?

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

Mediterranean Grouper with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Mediterranean Grouper with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

If you are looking for lighter, fresher meals to serve your family now that summer is approaching, you simply must try this Mediterranean Grouper recipe!


For the Tomato-Cucumber Salad

  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ medium red onion, finely diced
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • ⅓ cup Kalamata olives, drained and chopped
  • 4 oz (100g) Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Remaining Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large organic lemon, sliced thin
  • 4 (6-oz/170g) grouper or other mild white fish fillets
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp capers, drained

To Serve

  • 1 large lemon, cut into 8 wedges
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish


  1. Prepare the tomato-cucumber salad by combining the tomatoes, onion, cucumber, olives, Feta cheese, and lime juice in a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large cast-iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add the lemon and capers and sauté for 2 minutes until the lemon softens and develops a bit of color.
  3. Add the grouper to the pan and generously season with salt and black pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until the fillets are cooked through. (Cook time will vary depending on how thick the fillets are. The fillets are done when they flake easily with a fork).
  4. Remove from heat and add the tomato-cucumber skillet to the pan. Cover for 1-2 minutes, or just until the cheese is softened and the other ingredients are warmed through.
  5. To serve, top with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired, and offer the lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 715mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 58g

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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