Grilled Fish with Peperonata

This healthy grilled fish dish is made for easy summertime entertaining. The peperonata can be made in advance and reheated while you grill the fish.



  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 8 cups thinly sliced bell peppers, any color

  • ¼ cup capers, rinsed

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

  • 1 ½ pounds skinned banded rudderfish, amberjack, swordfish or mahi-mahi

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup chopped mixed tender fresh herbs, such as parsley, basil and/or mint

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fennel


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add garlic, fennel seed and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring often, until fragrant and the garlic starts to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in oregano, thyme and paprika. Add bell peppers, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 20 minutes. Add capers and vinegar and cook for 2 minutes more.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high.

  3. Brush fish with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with salt. Oil the grill rack. Grill the fish, turning once halfway, until the flesh is opaque, 6 to 10 minutes total, depending on thickness. Transfer the fish to a clean cutting board and cut into 4 portions.

  4. Arrange the fish over the peperonata and top with herbs and fennel.


To make ahead: Refrigerate peperonata (Step 1) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

396 Calories
25g Fat
11g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 396
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 31g 62%
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Vitamin A 3565IU 71%
Vitamin C 124mg 137%
Folate 58mcg 15%
Sodium 462mg 20%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 2mg 10%
Magnesium 70mg 17%
Potassium 933mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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