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Episode 307: Sustainable Seafood

Sicilian Grilled Swordfish with Salsa Verde

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Sicilian Grilled Swordfish with Salsa Verde

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: 4
  • Method: Direct Grilling

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh swordfish, cut into 6 1-inch-thick steaks
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 branches of rosemary (optional)
  • 2 cups dry bread crumbs, in a shallow dish or pan, or more as needed

For the salsa verde:

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 oil-packed anchovy, drained and minced (optional)
  • 1 cup washed, stemmed, finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • The freshly and finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Grilled lemon halves, for serving

Recipe Steps

1: Place the swordfish steaks in a single layer in a glass or foil pan. Season generously with salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and fresh lemon juice. Top with 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, if desired. Let marinate for 15 minutes.

2: Meanwhile, make the salsa verde: Place the garlic, and anchovy, if using, and parsley in a food processor and finely chop. Work in the lemon zest and juice, hot red pepper flakes, and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste: the salsa should be highly seasoned. Place in a serving bowl.

3: Set up your grill for direct grilling and preheat to medium-high (400 degrees). Leave one section of the grill flame-free for a safety zone. Brush and oil the grill grate well.

4: Dip each swordfish steak in the olive oil to coat it on both sides. Then dip each steak in the breadcrumbs, thickly coating both sides.

5: Arrange the fish on the grate and grill until browned on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until the bread crumbs are golden brown and the fish is done to your liking.

6: Transfer the swordfish steaks to a platter or plates and serve with the salsa verde spooned over it or on the side. Serve with grilled lemon halves.

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