Sunday, 25 June 2017

BBQ Swordfish with Lime, Pistachio & Coriander - #FreeFromBBQ

The last week has been scorching here in the UK. Which makes it essential BBQ weather.... Perfect for this amazingly simple but equally delicious BBQ Swordfish with Lime, Pistachio & Coriander. It is one of my all time favourite flavour combos..... Light, fresh, colourful and perfect for summer.

I adore the hot weather. I am in my element. It draws me outside for as long as possible, whenever I can get away from working. I swear I should have been born elsewhere in the world.... the UK weather just doesn't suit my temperament and I am so much happier and less grumpy when the heat is on my skin and life moves away from four walls. Walks, bike rides, pottering about in the vegetable patch, sitting on the beach..... Sun - I'm all yours!

In the past, we haven't done enough BBQs at GFHQ..... But we recently finished an extension on the house and with it, we have gained an amazing deck and patio area which is like gaining an additional two outdoor rooms on top of the internal one we have had built. Life has shifted and suddenly, the garden has come into its own.

Although we do have a larger BBQ to play with, we also have a Cobb BBQ which is an amazing piece of equipment. If you have never seen one and love living outdoors, you have to check it out. The full range is on their website, but you can also get them on the high street in Lakeland, I believe.

What makes this BBQ so fantastic (note this is not a sponsored post, so I have nothing to gain from sharing my love of the Cobb with you), is that it is small and easily transportable (it packs neatly into a carry bag), which makes it ideal for spur-of-the-moment BBQs on the beach or in place of traditional picnics on days out. Aside from being very quick and powerful (it heats using 'Cobblestones' which are up, running and ready to cook within minutes and stay hot for a couple of hours), its casing is in fact reassuringly cold on the outside, so you can sit it in the centre of the garden table to cook communally. It is a genius piece of equipment.

BBQ's often make us think of burgers, sausages, chicken and serious meat-binges, but over at Gluten Free Alchemist, we try to be a little more adventurous. Living by the sea and with a working harbour, we are lucky enough to have an amazing fish market on our doorstep, so although a little more expensive, we do what we can to make the most of it. Besides..... fish is a wonderfully healthy food and (in addition to tasting incredible if cooked well), is so much easier to digest than a meat-binge.

As for the Swordfish, it was cooked to perfection in no time at all..... moist and tender white flesh, delicately touched with a lime-citrus tang and the unmistakable flavour and aroma of fresh coriander. The softness of the fish married beautifully both for texture and taste against the earthy, slightly sweet crunch of toasted, crushed pistachio nuts. Happy happy tummy!

So next time you are thinking of having a BBQ, move away from the burger shelf and head for the fish! You may never look back.....

Of course, any good summer evening needs the accompaniment of a cooling drink...... A little Prosecco..... a glass of rose........ a chilled beer...... I have been unearthing a whole new world of beers which are being brewed gluten free..... This BBQ was accompanied by a great local discovery in the form of a gluten free craft beer from the Westerham Brewery in Kent..... beautifully named 'Bohemian Rhapsody'...... slightly floral, but moreishly refreshing!

If you need more inspiration for BBQ food that will work for those with allergies and intolerances, look no further than the contributions from the very talented bloggers listed below. Last month we did #freefrompicnics.... This month it's been one heck of a #FreeFromBBQ, so go check them out! Just remember, if you are sharing your cook space, that you take precautions against cross-contamination, by cooking on clean foil and ensuring foods don't touch!

I am also sharing my delicious BBQ Swordfish with Lime, Pistachio & Coriander with :

Free From Fridays with Le Coin De Mel and Free From Farmhouse

Cook Blog Share with Everyday Healthy Recipes

Brilliant Blog Posts with Honest Mum

Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too

Best #FreeFromBBQ Recipes : 
Chorizo & Cod Kebabs - Le Coin De Mel
Veggie Burgers - Free From Fairy
Stuffed Roast Peppers - Paleo Crust
Pork Koftas - The Gluten Free Blogger
BBQ Trout with Grilled Artichoke - Glutarama
The Free From Farmhouse 
The Intolerant Gourmand
The Adventures of an Allergy Mummy
BBQ Apricot & Nectarine 'Steak' SaladThe Peachicks Bakery
Easy No Mayo Coleslaw - Easy Peasy Foodie

BBQ Swordfish with Lime, Pistachio & Coriander (4 servings)


large handful raw, unsalted, shelled pistachio nuts
4 swordfish steaks
a little olive oil
salt & fresh ground black pepper
juice of 1 lime 
chopped fresh coriander
1 additional lime - cut into half-moons
1 pack raw, peeled king prawns (defrosted)


  1. Pre-prepare your pistachio nuts by toasting in a hot oven (200 C/400 F/Gas 6) for about 10 minutes, turning intermittently to prevent burning.
  2. Cool the nuts once toasted and then rough-crush in a pestle and mortar. Set aside.
  3. Push your prawns onto skewers so that they are easy to BBQ.
  4. Brush your raw fish with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little lime juice.
  5. Place the fish on a hot BBQ and cook for about 5 minutes on each side to seal and cook until tender. Drizzle a little more lime juice on each side during the cooking process.
  6. At the same time, cook your skewered prawns alongside, turning until pink, but still tender, so that they are ready to serve with the fish.
  7. Once cooked, transfer to a serving plate and drizzle a little more lime juice.
  8. Top with the cooked prawns.
  9. Sprinkle with the crushed pistachio nuts and chopped coriander and a little extra black pepper. 
  10. Garnish with the lime half-moons and serve.
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  1. Fish cooked on the bbq tastes fantastic on its own, but with a little lime juice and crunchy pistachios scattered on top it makes for a truly sensational dish. Love your recipe! Let's hope the hot weather comes back soon:) Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare:)

    1. Thanks Monika. You're welcome. I much prefer fish BBQs. And yes..... Long may the hot weather last! x

  2. Love it Kate, I adore swordfish and woud much rather have this over meat any day of the week. The flavour combo' here are excellent, going to be popping to the fishmongers to recreate this one for sure xxx

    1. Thanks Rebecca. Having seen your Trout, I KNOW you'll love this xx

  3. Wow this looks amazing, I'm not usually a lover of fish but this looks so appetising I'm going to give it a go #brilliantblogs@_karendennis

    1. Thanks Karen so much for your lovely comment. This dish is so simple, but we love it here. I hope you enjoy it as much. Let me know how you get on xx

  4. What a gorgeous recipe Kate! I love any seafood from BBQ and swordfish being nice, chunky fish is simply perfect for it! I love the addition of pistachios for a bit of crunch. PERFECT! Oh and I hope the heat wave comes back as I love it as much as you do! :) x

    1. Thank you Jo. I love a bit of crunch against soft fish..... The pistachios are a great combo against lime too.
      As for the sun..... I'm out there doing a dance every night, willing it to return! xx

  5. Yum yum YUM!! I have never tried swordfish before but now I want to. Fish + citrus is a winner for me, and love the idea of pistachios as well!!

    1. Thanks Sarah. Never tried Swordfish? You MUST!!!!! x

  6. Oh wow, Kate - this looks so pretty and I can just imagine how good it must taste! We used to do a lot of fish on the BBQ, but haven't for yonks - your recipe and Rebecca's have inspired me to get back into it! Eb x

    1. Thanks Eb. Fish on the BBQ is definitely my favourite of BBQ foods..... And so quick too! Hopefully we will have plenty more warm evenings for you to get back to it. xx

  7. Oh wow, I love this, and with that BBQ I might be encouraged to cook outside a lot lot more. It sounds does your new extension and outdoor area. I've never cooked swordfish but this looks utterly delicious xx

    1. Thanks Vicki. We are really pleased with the additions made to the house and the Cobb BBQ is a fantastic piece of equipment (comes into its own dow the beach as well!).
      Swordfish is a must and perfect for BBQ as it has a strong structure. Miss GF loves it! x

  8. Oh that is my kind of dish! Beautiful combinations with the pistachios and lime.. just really delicious!

    1. Thanks Alida.... I am certain you would enjoy this one! x

  9. This sounds delicious. I've never cooked swordfish before and I'm never very confident with fish. My parents don't at meat so they would love this on the BBQ. #freefromfridays

    1. Thanks Emma. I imagine you would be fab at cooking swordfish (as you are fab at cooking everything else)..... so confidence or not, I reckon you should give it a go xx

  10. Oh my goodness, this is so my kind of meal, would love this. Although I've never tried swordfish but it's on my list to try! #recipeoftheweek

    1. Thanks Hayley. I love this dish and we all love swordfish here. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had it before xx


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