Grilled Lemon Herb Fish

Food & Drink

14 April 2024

Grilled Lemon-Herb Fish is a refreshing and light option for a Casado. The fresh herbs and lemon bring a bright flavor that pairs beautifully with the other components of the dish. Here’s a simple yet delicious recipe:

Grilled Lemon-Herb Fish Recipe


  • 2 fish fillets (such as tilapia, mahi-mahi, or snapper, preferably fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon slices and additional herbs for garnish


  1. Prepare the Marinade:
    • In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, minced garlic, parsley, cilantro, thyme, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Marinate the Fish:
    • Place the fish fillets in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag.
    • Pour the marinade over the fish, ensuring the fillets are well coated.
    • Cover or seal and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Don’t marinate too long, as the acid from the lemon juice can start to "cook" the fish.
  3. Preheat the Grill:
    • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If using a grill pan, lightly oil it to prevent sticking.
  4. Grill the Fish:
    • Remove the fish from the marinade, letting excess drip off.
    • Place the fish on the hot grill or grill pan. Grill for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. The exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of the fillets.
  5. Serve:
    • Carefully remove the fish from the grill and place on a serving plate.
    • Garnish with fresh lemon slices and a sprinkle of the remaining herbs.
    • Serve immediately as part of your Casado, alongside rice, beans, plantains, and a salad.

Additional Tips:

  • Always preheat your grill or grill pan to ensure the fish doesn’t stick and gets nice grill marks.
  • Be gentle when flipping the fish to prevent it from breaking apart.
  • You can use a fish basket for easier grilling, especially with fillets that are more delicate.

This Grilled Lemon-Herb Fish will add a light and zesty dimension to your Casado, offering a perfect balance to the richer components of the dish. Enjoy the blend of fresh flavors!