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Barbados Grilled Fish

4 Servings

1 hour 10 minutes 35 minutes active

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On the island of Barbados, meaty and moderately rich wahoo is the fish of choice for marinating in a fragrant lime-spiked garlic, chive and onion puree. We found mahi mahi fillets to be a great stand-in for hard-to-find wahoo. Or you could use swordfish or halibut, but if the pieces are thicker than 1 inch, they will take slightly longer to cook. If the fish you purchased was previously frozen or seems particularly wet, refrigerate it on a paper towel–lined plate for a few hours before marinating. This will remove excess liquid that otherwise would prevent the fish from browning.




Don’t over marinate the fish. If the fillets are left for too long in the puree, the acidity of the lime juice will alter the texture of the meat. About 45 minutes is the maximum.

1 hour 10 minutes

35 minutes active


  • 1

    small yellow onion, roughly chopped

  • 1

    bunch fresh chives, roughly chopped (½ cup)


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Susan T.
September 24, 2022
delicious fish recipe
This marinade is divine. I used halibut and marinated longer than I was supposed to but the texture was still very good. Don't not-make the hot sauce. I almost didn't because I thought it sounded too spicy. That would have been a bit mistake. Great combo!
Tamara G.

Very tasty and easy! I was too afraid to put all of the allspice in the recipe, so used "a teeny pinch" instead of the 1/8 teaspoon called for. I wish I had gone for it and used 1/8 tsp allspice, because I really didn't taste it. Next time I will follow the recipe exactly. The flavors were very excellent, nonetheless.

Jocelyn M.

I found this to be bitter. Perhaps it was that my chives had flowered or my lime was the driest thing I've ever seen. It wasn't a waste of good fish but I wish I had gone for a more straightforward jerk seasoning rather than this spin.

Verena B.

I could not have been happier with this recipe. It was really delicious.

David M.

It would be very helpful and an amazing addition to Milk Street Recipes if side dishes that paired well was indicated! Thanks.

Lynn C.

Hi David -

Thanks for the suggestion! We will pass this along to our editorial and digital teams.

The Milk Street Team