Spice Rubbed Fish with Watermelon Salsa Recipe

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Stephen Published: January 18, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Spice Rubbed Fish with Watermelon Salsa

Seasoned with dry spices and lemon juice, this spice rubbed fish brims with tangy refreshing flavors. It’s served with an easy cilantro watermelon salsa.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



For Watermelon Salsa:

  • 2cupsseedless watermelon,diced ¼ inch
  • ¼small red onion,finely diced
  • 2tbspfresh cilantro,roughly chopped
  • 1lime,juiced
  • ½jalapeno pepper,seeded and finely diced
  • 1tbspolive oil

For Fish:

  • 24ozfish fillets,(such as striped bass, salmon, cod or halibut) boneless, skinless
  • 1tspsmoked paprika
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • ½tsponion powder
  • ½tspgarlic powder
  • ½tspground cayenne pepper
  • ¼tspground oregano
  • tspblack pepper
  • ½lime,juiced
  • 4tspolive oil
  • 4pcsReynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil (12 x 18 inches)
  • lime wedges,for serving


  1. Combine salsa ingredients and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes until ready to cook the fish.

  2. Mix the dried spices and seasoning together in a small bowl, squeeze the lime on the fish then rub the seasoning onto the fish.

  3. Layout 4 large sheets of Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil (18×12-inch). Put the fish in the center of each and drizzle with olive oil.

  4. Bring the short ends of the foil together and fold twice to seal. Fold in the sides to seal, leaving room for steam.

  5. Cook the packets.

Grill or Campfire:

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high or light a campfire and put a cooking grate in place. Grill the foil packets for 10 to 12 minutes until the fish is just cooked through.

  2. Let the packets sit for 5 minutes, then carefully open and top with salsa and serve with lime wedges.


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Put the foil packets on a baking sheet, then bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the fish is just cooked through.

  3. Let the packets sit for 5 minutes, then carefully open and top with salsa and serve with lime wedges.


  • Calories: 419.13kcal
  • Fat: 14.80g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.73g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.51g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.63g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.12g
  • Fiber: 2.97g
  • Sugar: 7.02g
  • Protein: 39.08g
  • Cholesterol: 85.05mg
  • Sodium: 804.12mg
  • Calcium: 120.48mg
  • Potassium: 740.60mg
  • Iron: 3.26mg
  • Vitamin A: 43.82µg
  • Vitamin C: 18.77mg
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