Caprese Grilled Fish

Prep Time 15 min.
Cook Time 10-16 min.
Total Time 15 minutes
Yields Approximately 4 4-ounce servings of fish + topping


    For the Caprese Topping

    • 1 1/2 cups seeded, diced tomatoes (about 2-3 medium tomatoes)
    • 2 ounces (about a heaping 1/3 cup) cubed fresh mozzarella
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

    For the Grilled Fish

    • 1 1/4 pounds firm white fish (tilapia, grouper or cobia; see note)
    • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


    For the Caprese Topping:

    1. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper. Let rest for 10-15 minutes while you prepare fish.

    For the Grilled Fish:

    1. Prepare and preheat grill.
    2. Brush fish thoroughly on both sides with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and then sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper evenly over both sides. You can choose to cut the fish into individual portions before grilling, or wait until afterwards.
    3. Grill fish over medium heat. Allow the first side to sear for about 3-4 minutes, until lightly golden brown grill marks form. Then rotate the fish about 90 degrees (still grilling on the first side), to create cross-hatched grill marks, grilling for about another 3-4 minutes.
    4. Flip fish to second side and continue grilling until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily when tested with a fork, about another 4-8 minutes, depending on thickness.

    To Serve:

    1. Spoon caprese topping over fish.


    Recipe Notes

    Fish: Chef Blake suggests using locally caught, sustainable fish, and looking for a meaty fish such as cobia or grouper. We've tested this recipe with both grouper, and with tilapia (which is much less expensive and easier to find here in Ohio). To learn more about sustainability, we suggest checking out the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch at

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