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The best barbecue fish recipes

by Stephen Carlick

published on 9 May 2023

In the summer, when it’s hot out, there’s nothing better to throw on the grill than fish: it’s light and flakey, mouth-wateringly flavourful, and, for those with an eye for hosting, there a few summer meal aesthetics more impressive than a whole grilled fish.

From delicious fish tacos to sole wrapped and grilled in a banana leaf, there’s a perfect fish dish for any occasion. Grab a fork and flake off a tasty morsel of the recipes below.

Grilled sardines with coarsely chopped green herbs

Grilled Sardines with Coarsely Chopped Green Herbs

Nothing says summer like food on a skewer, and these zesty, herby, oil-drizzled sardines pack in enough flavour for a snack three times their size. Serve with white wine for a perfect start to any barbecue.

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Chargrilled Salmon with Ginger, Black Pepper and Fish Sauce

Chargrilled Salmon with Ginger, Black Pepper and Fish Sauce

by Van Tran

This Vietnamese fish recipe was inspired by a food stall on the island of Phú Quốc – let the warm flavours of ginger, black pepper, lemon and garlic whisk you there.

Barbecued Sambal Lemon Sole

Barbecued Sambal Lemon Sole

by Shu Han Lee

Wrap a large flat sole in a banana leaf and let the combined aroma of both – and a spike of chilli and lime – waft from the grill until it’s ready to serve.

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Sardines on Buckwheat Flatbreads

Sardines on Buckwheat Flatbreads

by Wendy Rowe

Looking for a perfect light lunch, made with a sustainable fish? Look no further than a sardine recipe that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.

Kick-Ass Fish Tacos

Kick-Ass Fish Tacos


A favourite dish in Mexico, fish tacos lend any meal a sense of fun and an abundance of flavour. Top these ones with mango salsa and spicy guacamole.

Ainsley Harriott’s Seafood Skewers with Peperonata

Ainsley Harriott’s Seafood Skewers with Peperonata

You can use any combination of fish and seafood you like for these summery skewers with peppers, tomatoes and plenty of herbs.


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