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Sicilian-Style Swordfish

  • All White Fish
  • 20-minute meal
  • Entertaining
  • Grace Parisi
  • Grill
  • Active Time:20 min
  • Total Time:20 min
  • Servings:2 to 3
  • Difficulty:Easy
Photo by Grace Parisi

Rich and meaty swordfish steaks are perfect for this classic preparation. The fish is grilled then immediately marinated in a lemony garlic and herb dressing. The heat allows the marinade to penetrate just enough to infuse flavor and balance the richness of the fish.


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound swordfish steak, about 1¼-inches thick

  • ¼ cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, mint, oregano, and/or rosemary

  • 1 medium garlic clove, grated

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

  • Crusty bread and crisp green salad for serving


Prepare the Grill

Prepare a grill for direct cooking over high heat (about 450°F). Brush the grill grates clean, then brush with oil. While the grill preheats, season the swordfish all over with salt and set aside.

Prepare the Marinade

On a cutting board, combine the herbs, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Lightly chop together. Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl big enough to hold the fish and stir in the lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper.

Grill the Fish

Pat the swordfish dry with paper towels. Brush generously with oil. Grill the fish, turning once, until lightly charred and just cooked through, about 12 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillet.

Finish and Serve

Transfer the fish to the bowl with the marinade and turn to coat. Spoon some of the marinade over the top and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Divide the fish evenly among 2 to 3 plates and spoon the marinade over top. Serve with crusty bread and a crisp green salad.

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Pro Tips

Pair it Up

Crisp, dry pinot grigio or citrusy sauvignon blanc pair well with assertively-flavored seafood dishes, especially rich and fatty swordfish.

Make It A Meal

Serve with crusty bread and a crunchy green salad. Or thinly shave zucchini into ribbons and toss with some of the marinade. Add chopped toasted almonds for crunch.

Spice it Up

This marinade is great on all types of seafood, especially lean white fish like halibut, rockfish, and cod, and fattier fish like salmon and sablefish (black cod) as well as shrimp.

Change it Up

For a yummy sandwich, fill a crusty baguette with sliced leftover swordfish, some of the marinade, peppery arugula, and sliced red onions.

Nutritional info

Swordfish is rich in essential nutrients including selenium, vitamin D, and more omega-3 fatty acids than albacore, salmon, or sablefish.


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