This Grilled Halibut & Strawberry Guacamole is the best healthy grilled fish dish ever, and it’s Whole30 compliant! The fish is served with coconut cauliflower rice, and garnished with extra cilantro and lime. In my humble opinion, it’s the perfect healthy summertime dinner! And guess what? It’s Low Carb, Paleo, and Gluten Free, too!
It’s officially grilling weather! As soon as the sun starts shining, you’ll find me on the back deck, grilling up a storm and enjoying being out in the fresh air while I cook.
This Grilled Halibut & Strawberry Guacamole and Coconut Cauliflower Rice is one of my all-time favorite spring and summer dishes! It’s perfectly kid friendly and absolutely perfect for a fresh, tasty, healthy dinner.
If you’ve been here a while, I shared this recipe on Instagram during a Whole30 Recipes takeover two summers ago, and even got to share it on the BBQ Guys blog. Ever since then, it’s been a go-to for our family! That’s because it’s simple, unbelievably delicious, and super nourishing.
Halibut is probably my all-time favorite fish to eat! Halibut is a white fish, so it’s very mild and delicate in flavor, and it holds up well to really bold flavors. Other ways to cook it: pan seared, broiled, and of course, grilled! It’s a little pricey even for fish, so I usually only buy it about twice a year when it’s on sale.
Grilling, my favorite summer activity!
Over the years, we’ve spent countless nights out on the back deck, eating and drinking, laughing, and letting the kids play in the yard. But since our house just sold and we aren’t quite sure where we’ll be living, the one thing I’m trying to soak in in our last few weeks here is time out there.
As long as it’s not pouring out, I’ll be firing up the grill every night come 5pm. Some of my favorite recipes? BBQ Chicken Drumsticks, Pork Kebabs, and more. And since we’re extra busy packing and organizing, I’m excited about one of the secret bonuses of grilling — that there’s always way less clean up afterwards.
Get your shopping lists ready! The main part of the dish is super simple, but you’re definitely going to want to make the sides, too! Here’s what you need for the fish:
- Halibut fillets
- Salt and Papper
- Cayenne, optional. I like just a kiss of heat, so I like to include the cayenne, but for my kids, I leave it off. Whatever you like is absolutely perfect.
🍓 Strawberry Guacamole
It’s no secret I love mixing sweet & savory. I’ve been making the strawberry guacamole almost daily for the last week or so, since strawberry season is in full swing here in VA! It’s just sooooo good, and the coconut cauliflower rice goes great on salads, tacos, and more. Here’s what you need:
- Red Onion
- Jalapeno (optional)
- Lime Juice
- Salt and Pepper
Tip: Make the guacamole all by itself and serve with plantain or tortilla chips!
🥥 Coconut Cauliflower Rice
The coconut cauliflower rice is one of the best parts of this recipe. It adds texture and crunch, and perfectly balances out the sweet strawberry guacamole and flakey fish. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Cauliflower or Bagged Cauliflower Rice
- Coconut flakes
- Lime juice and zest
- Salt and Pepper
- Substitute chicken breasts if you don’t like fish, or substitute any white fish if you don’t have halibut on hand (it’s so expensive, so I only buy it like twice a year!).
- You can also substitute mango for the strawberries, or leave the fruit off completely if you’re following a low carb plan or you just prefer it!
- If you don’t have halibut, you can substitute any other white fish, like cod, grouper, or haddock.
- First, make the strawberry guacamole. If you’re making it more than 20 or 30 minutes in advance, wait until just before serving to cut and add in the avocado. Keep it covered and chilled in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve the rest of the food.
- Prepare the coconut cauliflower rice.
- Last, grill the fish. Halibut cooks relatively quickly, so you’ll only need a few minutes to cook it.
- Assemble the dish by plating the cauliflower rice, then the fish on top, and then spooning the strawberry guacamole. Garnish with slices of lime and cilantro.
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Grilled Halibut with Strawberry Guacamole and Coconut Cauliflower Rice
- 4 4-6 oz. Halibut fillets
- 3 tbsp olive or avocado oil
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- pinch cayenne optional
- 1 pint strawberries
- 2 avocado
- 2 tsp diced red onion
- 1 tbsp diced jalapeno
- 3-4 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 lime juiced
- ½ tsp salt
Coconut Cauliflower Rice
- 1 head of cauliflower or 1 bag of frozen cauliflower rice
- ¾ cup dried coconut flakes be sure no sugar is added
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp lime zest
Make the Strawberry Guacamole
- Hull and slice the strawberries and set in a bowl. Stir in the red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime, and salt. Cover and set in the fridge until you’re just about ready to eat.
- Just before serving, cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, and dice. This keep the avocado from browning while you cook everything else. Stir the avocado into the strawberry mixture and season to taste if necessary.
Make the Coconut Cauliflower Rice
- Wash the cauliflower and cut into bite-sized pieces. In batches, add them to your food processor or blender and pulse until they break down to the consistency of rice.
- Add the coconut flakes alone to the blender and pulse until broken down a bit smaller than grain-sized.
- Add the coconut and cauliflower to a pan and sautee over medium heat until the coconut begins to toast. Stir in the salt, zest, and lime juice.
Grill the Fish
- Preheat your grill to medium, about 400 F. Pat dry the fish with a paper towel, then drizzle each fillet with oil and seasonings, turning to coat.
- Grill over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fish, until flakey and cooked through. Don't force-flip the fish until it easily releases from the grill. Top with guacamole and cauliflower rice.