8 comments already!


Grilled fish kebabs – tuna marinated in a simple marinade of cilantro, apple cider vinegar and Tabasco for as little as 30 minutes and then quickly grilled.

grilled fish kebabs

I promised you lots of grilled recipes and I am a deliverer (besides an over promised and under delivered cauliflower mac and cheese => I will get there, I promise). I’m also spicing up all 5 recipes with Tabasco® original sauce this week. If you are a spicy food hater, you might want to check back next Monday. Quick fact before you leave: my kids truly enjoyed 3 out of 5 recipes.

McIlhenny Company, a producer of Tabasco®, has presented me with a challenge – to create 5 original recipes using ONLY 10 of the following ingredients:

grilled fish kebabs

I happily said YES because Tabasco® is one of the clean condiments I’m using on a regular basis. So, that was a cool and fancy part of this challenge.

grilled fish kebabs

Now about not so glamorous part of this challenge. I had to Google the ingredient #3 “Brioche”. It became obvious very quickly I will be living a paleo diet this week. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. You will see mostly lean protein and vegetable recipes. And then, besides the Tabasco®, herbs and spices my list came down only to 4 ingredients: tuna, eggs, eggplant and cherry tomatoes. I really wasn’t in a mood to develop any spicy chocolate drops.

And that’s not it. After signing the contract, my oven broke…Speachless. So, Olena’s Tabasco® challenge really became 4 ingredients and no oven. But no regrets. Every single recipe came out delicious, quick and healthy!

grilled fish kebabs

Recipe #1: Grilled Spicy Cilantro Fish Kebabs. I created a simple marinade made of fresh cilantro, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. My fish of choice was frozen wild tuna steaks which I found at Costco for a decent price.

Let me put it this way: I didn’t have to call for dinner twice, even the 3 year old. Grilled fish kebabs came out juicy, fragrant and with the right amount of heat for the kids and some adults to handle. Fish cooks really fast and marinating time could be as little as 30 minutes. Enjoy these kebabs and check back tomorrow for a recommended side dish.:)

Grilled Spicy Cilantro Fish Kebabs

Grilled Spicy Cilantro Fish Kebabs


  • 1 lb tuna, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 tsp original Tabasco sauce + more for serving (optional)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)


  1. If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and toss to combine. Let tuna marinate for at least 30 minutes and for up to 4 hours. Keep refrigerated.
  3. Skewer 5 pieces of fish onto each of 10 skewers. Discard remaining marinade.
  4. Preheat grill on medium - high, 550 - 600 degrees F, and spray with cooking spray. Grill skewers with lid closed for 6 minutes, turning once. Kebabs are ready when fish is white, opaque and has nice grill marks on it.* Serve hot, with extra Tabasco sauce if desired.
  5. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered (remove fish from skewers and transfer to a container) for up to 2 days.


Grills vary. Cooking time will vary depending on the age and make/model of your grill. I have new Coleman BBQ which is quite powerful if I compare it to my old grill. Use your judgement and experience with your grill.


Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 10

Amount Per Serving = 1 kebab:
Calories: 67.6
Total Fat: 2.6 g
Cholesterol: 20.8 mg
Sodium: 256.1 mg
Total Carbs: 0.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
Protein: 10.6 g
WW Points+: 2

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tabasco® Original Red Sauce. All opinions are my own and I recommend exclusively products that I love, tried myself and are good for your health.

This post may contain affiliate links. When you buy a product I make a small commission without any extra cost to you. In return, you can enjoy free recipes as well as savings on your favourite products. I also shared Clean Eating Ingredients I Buy and Kitchen Appliances +Tools I Use. Please buy local, organic and fair trade whenever feasible.


  1. Laura @ Raise Your Garden

    Hi Olena! I love your fish kebobs and appreciate that your kids enjoyed these too. We are not big “fish” eaters here but I’m trying to incorporate more fish ideas into our diets for just a healthier lifestyle. Kebobs in general are so good and I’m eager to try your tabasco spin on them.

    And yes please, share that cauliflower mac n cheese! Don’t hold out on us =) I made a pizza with a cauliflower crust once and it bombed! So bad, we couldn’t even eat it and had to throw it out. Yes, that bad. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

    • Olena

      Your kids might like these fish kebabs because kids love food on a stick in general.:) I will share that casserole closer to Fall. My oven is broken anyways right now LOL. That’s why I’m grilling. Well, not really, I just like grilled food. Who doesn’t?!
      Have you tried my cauliflower pizza recipe yet? Many made it with a great success. Thanks for always reading my blog, Laura!

  2. Sara

    Ooooh, I’m back to spamming your posts! 🙂 I tried this today, didn’t have that much cilantro at home, so I added a dash of lemon oil to the olive oil and it was sooo good. I cannot really find that much variety of fish at the market, so I’m always grateful for new ways to cook it. Best timing ever when I saw the link to your blog on foodgawker, seriously!

    • Olena

      Haha, spammers like you I embrace with open arms.:) That is awesome! Lemon oil is on my grocery list. Have never ever cooked with it but I don’t see a reason why I wouldn’t like it.

  3. Sara

    Ohhh, I use it a lot in the Summer, whenever I add cooked/grilled fruit to salads or fish 🙂 You definitely have to try it, and there’s a loooot of recipes out there (plus selfishly, I want you to experiment so you can give me new ideas 😛 )



  1.  Grilled Maple Basil Cherry Tomatoes | iFOODreal
  2.  Easy Fish and Vegetables Skillet | iFOODreal
  3.  25 of the Best Paleo BBQ Grilled Recipes - My Natural Family

Leave a Comment

  • 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
  • (will not be published)