Grilled Spicy Lemon Cilantro Fish and Lemon Butter Veggies Recipe

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Best with Sunkist® Lemons
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This is a light, aromatic, healthy and easy to prepare dish. Grilled Spicy Lemon Cilantro Fish and Lemon Butter Veggies has a delicious citrus and cilantro flavor. The use of unsalted butter and lemon make this a Sunkist S’alternative™. Served by itself or in fish tacos, this dish is great!


  • 6 Sunkist® lemons,*
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 fish filets (Orange Roughy or Tilapia)
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large zucchini, cut into thin round slices
  • 1 each, red, green and yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Aluminum foil

    *For a different flavor try using Sunkist® oranges or limes.

Instructions: (Makes 4 servings)

  • Juice 4 lemons, divide the juice between two small bowls. Add the garlic, olive oil, 2 tsp. chili powder and 1/2 cup of the chopped cilantro to one bowl. Blend together and set aside.
  • Slice the bellpeppers, onions, zucchini and two lemons into thin slices and set aside.
  • Lay the fish on a square of foil and brush the lemon mixture on both sides, place a few slices of bell pepper and onion on top and cover with four lemon slices. Seal the foil packet.
  • Add the remainder chili powder and cilantro to the second bowl of lemon juice, add rest of the veggies and toss well to coat. Place this mixture on a piece of foil and top with the unsalted butter and lemon slices. Seal the foil packet closed.
  • Grill for 10 minutes on each side on the barbecue grill or bake on a cookie sheet at 350°F degrees for 30 minutes. When the fish is opaque and the vegetables are tender, remove from heat.

  • To Serve: Let foil packets stand for 5 minutes before opening, serve the fish and veggies with a side of Mexican flavored rice.

Recipe and photo submitted by Danielle C. - Sunkist S’alternative™ recipe contest.

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