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Cedar Plank Grilled Swordfish with Lemon and Thyme

Cedar Plank Grilled Swordfish with Lemon and Thyme.

Dino’s parents got him a gas grill for his first Father’s Day. It was delivered on Friday, and we just couldn’t wait until Sunday to break it in, so I picked up a big swordfish steak from the Farmers’ Market. It was our first time grilling swordfish, and our first time using cedar planks. The cedar gave it a really nice flavor – but it’s really potent. Not something I’d want too often.

Cedar Plank Grilled Swordfish with Lemon and Thyme.

I soaked the plank in beer for an hour and then drizzled some olive oil on one side of it and sprinkled it with salt. I cut the swordfish into two pieces and put it on top. I drizzled more olive oil on top, added salt and pepper, some fresh thyme and lemon slices. Dino cooked them on the grill until they were perfectly flaky.

Cedar Plank Grilled Swordfish with Lemon and Thyme.

We also had some grilled asparagus (he put them in foil packets with a soy/teriyaki/ginger/honey mixture poured over them), and grilled orange bell peppers. It was a great meal!

Cedar Plank Grilled Swordfish with Lemon and Thyme.

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Alexis Cole

    Hey Ashely, Just searching recipies and came across yours! We’re grilling swordfish tonight on a cedar plank so I was plesantly surprised to see your recipie pop up! And I have lemons and a thyme plant out front. Plus I also happened to buy asparagus and orange bell pepper! The stars align. Have a great day and hope to see you guys around the neighborhood sometime!

    • Ashley

      That’s too funny! It’s been a very long time since I made this one (so long ago that I had the year on my watermark – 2012!!). We actually grilled tonight also – I hope you enjoyed your meal, Alexis!

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