Sunday, June 19, 2011

Summer Swordfish

I finally knew the commitment to learn to cook for my family had paid off when I was wheeling my then 3 year old around the supermarket. She pointed to the fish counter and shrieked "I want SWORDFISH!"  Can you imagine - I was so impressed with this boisterous tot that I snapped up the available fish immediately.  Sadly I can't truthfully confess that all my children were so readily converted to the treasures of the sea.  My thirteen year old still refuses to consume any morsel of fish, however the rest of the clan positively lap this up and I must say it's one of my favorites too.

As with most dishes I attempt this is quick and easy, unless you have a rather brain dead moment - as I did last night when I was preparing it.   Normally, in more lucid moments, I sear this in a pan, then add the wine and other ingredients and gently simmer until cooked.  For some completely unexplained reason, after I had seared the fish, I removed it to a plate - then (horror of horrors) I put the pan to soak in warm, soapy water!! - How on earth did I think I was going to make the sauce?  Not to worry, I piled it all into a baking dish and baked it for 15 minutes and it was lovely.

Heat the oven to 350F


Swordfish steaks
olive oil
salt and pepper
handful of fresh herbs (I used oregano)
2-3 lemons
1 1/2 cups of white wine
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of capers

In a large pan heat the olive oil.

Pat the swordfish steaks dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper and some finely chopped herbs.

When the oil is hot add the steaks and sear for 3 minutes.

Turn over and sear for another 3 minutes.

Remove from the pan and transfer to an ovenproof baking dish. Add the white wine, zest and juice of 2 lemons, 1 tablespoon of capers and a tablespoon or so of chopped herbs.  Cover with aluminium foil and place in the oven for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and check that the fish is just cooked through.  Transfer the fish to a platter.  Place the baking dish over the stove top on  a low heat, simmer for a few minutes.  Add the butter and swirl gently until dissolved.

Pour the juices over the fish, squeeze the juice of another lemon over the top and sprinkle a few more herbs.

This is most popular with buttered green beans and some crusty bread.


  1. I have one that would love it and one that wouldn't ever go near it. It looks fantastic!

  2. This lemony swordfish looks filling and tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  3. K i love your 3 year old! I wish I could get my little one to want to eat anything besides mac n cheese, hot dogs, hummus, or pizza! Maybe I should try swordfish...
    Mary this looks so fancy and so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Your swordfish looks wonderful, Mary. Sadly, much like your 13 year old, I can not bring myself to eat fish. Well to be exact if you pull it out of any body of water, I will not be eating it. I REALLY want to like fish, shellfish and the like but I can not get past the textures and taste.

  5. Delicious dish!I adore swordfish too!have a lovely week,dear Mary!

  6. I have never had swordfish. That looks incredibly good though! xxoo

  7. Your 3 year old knows swordfish - thats amazing. Maybe soon you will have another cook!

  8. I would have thought the swordfish would have been done after the initial searing and a resting period of 5 minutes.

  9. Nice recovery! Despite the little hiccup, looks like a perfect dinner. Your itty bitty is quite the foodie! Well done :)

  10. Just beautiful! Simply elegant and just screams tender and decadent! Yummy!

  11. I have these moments all the time! The swordfish looks amazing. I haven't had it in years. Now I'm positively craving some!

  12. I have never, ever tasted swordfish!
    Not one of those things that is readily available in our area...
    I will tell you that this looks delicious....
    Traveling to the beach in August and this sounds like a good thing to try while we are there...

  13. Kind of like a chicken piccata, but with fish--I love it! Looks very yummy. :)

  14. This looks delicious, I love anything in a piccata sauce!!!

  15. What a gorgeous dish. It looks absolutely wonderful and I wish I were having it for dinner tonight. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  16. I love fish, and I would take any morsel of fish anytime:) Your dish looked so lovely, and I would have this anytime!!!:D

  17. I love fish, this swordfish looks fantastic!!!!

  18. I love lemon and capers with fish. This looks so beautiful and delicious!


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