Bluefish is a flavorful, omega-3 rich fish that holds up well to almost any cooking method. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook bluefish in 4 different ways, from frying on the stovetop, on the grill, in the oven to air frying in the air fryer

1. How To Cook Bluefish on Stove


  • 4 (6 oz) bluefish fillets
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1⁄2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp pepper
  • 1⁄4 cup canola oil


Rinse bluefish fillets under cold water and pat dry thoroughly with paper towels.

Place fillets in a shallow dish and cover with buttermilk. Marinate 30 minutes.

In a shallow bowl, mix flour, Cajun seasoning, paprika, salt and pepper until well-combined.

Remove fillets from buttermilk, letting any excess drip off, then coat thoroughly in flour mixture, pressing gently so it adheres.

Heat 1⁄4 cup oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.

Working in batches if needed, add fillets and pan-fry 3-4 minutes per side until coating is crispy, golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork. Drain fillets on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm.

2. How To Cook Bluefish on Grill


  • 4 (6oz) bluefish fillets
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp black pepper


Rinse the bluefish fillets under cold water and pat very dry with paper towels.

Make the marinade. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.

Place the fillets in a shallow glass baking dish. Coat both sides of the fillets with the olive oil marinade mixture. Cover and let marinate 30 minutes.

Prepare your grill for direct high-heat grilling, around 400°F to 450°F. Brush the grill grates clean.

Remove fillets from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip off. Place the fillets skin-side down directly onto the hot grill grates. Cook for 4 minutes until the skin releases cleanly from the grill.

Flip the fillets over with a thin metal spatula. Immediately top each fillet with thin slices of lemon, slightly overlapping them to cover the top of the fillets.

Continue grilling just until the bluefish becomes opaque and flakes easily with a fork, about 4-5 more minutes.

Use the spatula to carefully transfer the grilled bluefish to a platter, keeping the lemon slices intact on top. Serve hot.

3. How To Cook Bluefish in Oven


  • 4 (6 oz) bluefish fillets
  • 2 lemons
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3⁄4 tsp salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp pepper


Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Rinse bluefish and pat extremely dry with paper towels. Arrange in a single layer on the baking sheet.

Zest 1 lemon to get 1 tbsp zest; halve and juice the lemons to get 1⁄4 cup juice. In a small bowl, combine zest, juice, oil, garlic and seasonings.

Brush bluefish all over with lemon-herb mixture. Roast for 12-15 minutes until fish is cooked through and flakes easily. Serve immediately.

4. How To Cook Bluefish in Air Fryer


  • 4 (6 oz) bluefish fillets, skin removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1⁄2 tsp paprika
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp garlic powder


Pat bluefish fillets very dry with paper towels.

In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic and seasonings until combined.

Brush flesh side of fillets evenly with mayonnaise mixture. Place coated side up in air fryer basket, without overlapping.

Set air fryer to 380°F and cook 8-10 minutes until fish is opaque and flakes easily. Serve hot.

Bluefish can take on big, bold flavors beautifully. Follow these easy preparation methods for tender fillets and delicious, heart-healthy Omega-3s at home. Whether fried, grilled, baked or air fried, bluefish makes for a fabulous meal full of flavor.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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