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15 Best Yellowtail Recipes To Try

Yellowtail is meaty, delicious, and an excellent option for cooking an awesome meal when you’re craving some seafood.

There are a few varieties of yellowtail, such as yellowtail amberjack (or yellowtail kingfish), yellowtail snapper, and Japanese amberjack.

They all taste really great and you can’t go wrong with any of them when trying to add a fish to your next meal.

Whether you want it baked, fried, or served raw, we’ve got you covered with some of the best yellowtail recipes that you can try at home!

1. Key Largo Onion Crusted Yellowtail

Onion-Crusted Yellowtail Recipe

Dig into this delicious onion-crusted yellowtail that’s super flavorful and a great addition to any lunch or dinner!

The fish fillets are coated with a mixture of fried and chopped onion rings, plus panko breadcrumbs, and then pan-seared till crispy.

They are topped with key lime butter and mango salsa, creating a dish that’s sweet, tangy, and refreshing.

It’s a delightful dish that’s simple to make and tastes really good!

2. Yellowtail Crudo With Mandarin & Gooseberries

Indulge in this exceptional yellowtail crudo that’s not only delicious but also a visual treat with its outstanding presentation!

This beautiful dish is made with raw fish marinated in mandarin orange juice, olive oil, and shallots, giving it a great flavor with every bite.

The rest is all about the plating, topping the fish with chives, gooseberries, edible flowers, and some greens for garnishing.

With this appetizer that fits right into a fine dining restaurant’s menu, you’ll definitely want to keep this yellowtail recipe handy for the next special occasion!

3. Lemon Peppered Yellowtail With Sauteed Spinach

Fire up your grill and try out this amazing lemon-peppered yellowtail that’s tasty and flavorful!

Yellowtail fish fillets are coated with coconut oil before they are seasoned with a homemade mixture of black pepper, lemon zest, salt, and red pepper flakes.

It’s savory, tangy, and spicy all at the same time.

Serve them up with some sautéed spinach and onions for a delicious and wholesome meal, great for both lunch and dinner!

4. Cajun Yellowtail Snapper Recipe With Mango Avocado Chutney

Coated with a homemade spicy Cajun seasoning and pan-seared to perfection, this yellowtail snapper is extremely tasty.

It’s topped with a delicious mango avocado chutney, which adds sweetness and tang that perfectly complements the fish.

The Cajun seasoning is made with a combination of common spices and herbs that gives the fish so much depth to the flavor and you just can’t stop after the first bite.

This dish is simple to make, tastes wonderful, and is easily one of our favorite yellowtail recipes!

5. Oven Baked Whole Yellowtail Snapper

Don’t be intimidated by cooking whole fish because it’s really easy with this oven-baked yellowtail recipe that you definitely need to try!

The fish is brushed with a tasty seasoning mix made up of butter, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

There’s so much flavor to the fish thanks to the seasoning and it makes this dish really delicious.

Prop the fish up with some lemon slices and let it bake in the oven until cooked before serving!

6. Yellowtail With Lemon Caper Cream Sauce And Spinach Orzo

Enjoy this delectable yellowtail that’s pan-seared to perfection, paired with a lemon caper cream sauce that goes extremely well with the fish.

Fish fillets are cooked in butter with continual basting to ensure the fish is cooked evenly without losing any moisture and it also gives a nice nutty flavor when done.

The lemon caper sauce is super flavorful and is an excellent addition to the mild-tasting yellowtail.

Pair it with al dente orzo and spinach to complete this amazing dish!

7. Grilled Yellowtail With Herb Butter

Keeping things simple usually yields great results and with this easy yellowtail recipe, you’ll have tasty grilled fish in no time.

All you need to do is brush the fillets with lemon-juiced butter and grill them for 10 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the flesh is easily flaked with a fork.

Season with salt, pepper, and chopped herbs to impart additional flavor to the fish and it’s ready to be served!

Cooking fish has never been easier!

8. Fried Yellowtail Taco

Make this fried yellowtail taco for the next Taco Tuesday and you’ll be glad you tried out this delightful recipe!

Dipped in a beer batter that’s well-seasoned with salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, the fish fillets are coated in panko breadcrumbs and fried till crispy.

The sauce, a wonderful mix of sour cream, herbs, and seasoning, is drizzled over the fish to give it even more flavor.

Garnish with some shredded cabbage and freshly chopped cilantro, then squeeze a lime over to enjoy these delicious tacos!

9. Yellowtail Ceviche Mini Tacos With Black-Bean Corn Salsa & Chipotle Avocado Cream

Serve up this yellowtail ceviche at your next party and you’re guaranteed to receive plenty of compliments!

Marinated in a citrus mix of lime juice and olive oil, the sashimi-grade yellowtail is already delicious on its own.

Combine that with homemade chipotle avocado cream and black bean corn salsa, and you’ll have a winning dish that everyone will enjoy.

Assemble all that on tortillas for an extremely tasty and flavorful ceviche!

10. Roasted Yellowtail With Potatoes

For a simple yet delicious meal, you’ll need to check out this roasted yellowtail recipe!

Potatoes, mushrooms, and yellowtail fillets are all roasted on a covered grill or oven and they are seasoned with only salt and pepper.

They are then topped with a homemade salsa verde that provides a flavor boost with all the herbs, resulting in a delightful dish.

It’s easy to make and great for a light and nutritious meal!

11. Orange Teriyaki Yellowtail

Introduce some tropical Asian flair to your next meal with this terrific Orange Teriyaki Yellowtail that you definitely need to try!

The star of this recipe is of course the teriyaki sauce and it’s extremely flavorful with a hint of orange flavor that makes it really refreshing.

It’s used to baste the fish fillet, ensuring that the meat locks in all the flavor, and you can be sure that this dish is just going to turn out great.

Pair it with fragrant steamed rice for an unforgettable meal!

12. Grilled Yellowtail With Lemon Basil Butter And Roasted Asparagus Quinoa

Lemon is excellent with seafood and helps to enhance the taste while basil provides additional depth to the flavor with its herbal taste.

When you combine the two together with creamy butter and well-grilled yellowtail, you get an exceptional dish that’s super delicious!

Serving the fish with asparagus and quinoa makes for a wholesome and nutritious meal that everyone can enjoy.

It’s a simple dish with great flavors and one of our favorite yellowtail recipes!

13. Yellowtail Crudo With Citrus And Avocado

If you’re looking for a superb appetizer that’s mouth-watering and delicious, you’ve definitely got to check out this Yellowtail Crudo with Citrus and Avocado recipe!

Sashimi-grade fillets are tossed in a citrus mixture with lime juice, yuzu kosho, and fish sauce, making it really tasty.

An avocado mixture, made by mashing avocados, crème fraîche, garlic, serrano pepper, and lime juice, is spread across the plate, giving an excellent visual presentation and also pairs really well with the fillets.

Serve it with crackers to complete this amazing appetizer!

14. Yellowtail Kingfish With Green Peppers And Red Onion Skewers

Enjoy tasty yellowtail skewers with this simple recipe to make awesome bites that you can serve as an appetizer, side dish, or just for a great mid-day snack!

Onions and peppers are soaked in a homemade vinaigrette which imparts spicy and herbal flavors, thanks to chili, rosemary, and thyme.

Along with the fish fillets, they are alternated on skewers and grilled until nicely cooked.

The vinaigrette is drizzled over the cooked skewers to make them even more flavorful and delicious!

15. Baked Yellowtail With Teriyaki Sauce

For a fuss-free and easy dish that’s great when you just want a simple meal, this baked yellowtail recipe definitely fits the bill.

Marinated in a homemade teriyaki sauce, the fish fillet is baked in the oven until fully cooked.

The teriyaki sauce is then drizzled over the fish before serving and this dish is excellent when paired with some rice and greens for a wholesome meal!

At Glorious Recipes, we have our favorite Blackened Yellowtail recipe that we absolutely adore. It’s extremely flavorful and delicious! Check out the recipe below!

Yield: 6

Blackened Yellowtail

Blackened Yellowtail Recipe

Well-spiced and delicious, enjoy this amazing restaurant-quality blackened yellowtail that you can make at home! Just be sure to cook it in a well-ventilated area or outdoors!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 6 yellowfish fillets, about 4 oz each
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and divided


  1. Add all the 8 ingredients from paprika to salt into a small mixing bowl and combine well.
  2. Place cast iron pan on stove or grill and heat until it's extremely hot, around 10 minutes.
  3. While the cast iron pan is being heated up, add ¾ cup of butter to a shallow dish. Dip fillets in butter, flip to coat the other side, then sprinkle and pat the mixed spices onto each fillet.
  4. Add fillet onto cast iron pan without overcrowding. Cook in batches if required. Pour 1 tsp of melted butter over each fillet and cook for about 2 minutes. We want the bottom to be charred. Flip the fillet and repeat by pouring melted butter and let it cook until charred.
  5. Once cooked, remove to serving plates and enjoy!


  • There will be a lot of smoke so make sure you're cooking it in a well-ventilated area or outdoors. It's extremely delicious so it's really worth making it!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 394mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is only an estimate and can vary depending on ingredients used.

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Coho Salmon
Albacore Tuna
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