Swordfish are often seen as trophies in movies and cartoons, but few people know exactly how tasty their meat is. They are large, migratory, and predator fish and represent some of the most popular sports fishes in the world. It is hard to catch them, and this is probably why they are so highly-appreciated by fine connoisseurs.
The swordfish is typically found in tropical and temperate parts of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans and commonly reach about three meters in length and around 600-650 kg in weight. As you can see, these are very large fish and, without surprise, their meat is sold for big prices.
They are similar to sharks in many ways and, although not considered extinct or endangered species, there are only certain periods of time when it is allowed to hunt and fish for the swordfish. This is why we strongly suggest you purchase fresh swordfish from reputed fish markets or breeders and refuse any sketchy merchandisers who probably caught the fish illegally.
It is extremely important to care for the environment and only fish within the stipulated regulations to avoid under-populating some fish species or polluting the waters even more. If you know for sure your swordfish meets all catching environmental measures, you can cook a wide array of delicious recipes which will certainly turn you into a local cooking sensation.
Keep in mind that, similar to the shark meat, the swordfish meat is also kind of greasy so it won’t be good for making sushi out of it. Instead, you can indulge yourself in poached, grilled, baked, roasted or smoked swordfish, and combine it with a wide array of citrus and veggies. There is a little limitation to the ingredients, spices, and herbs you can use, so we suggest you become as inventive as possible. Here are some of our suggestions regarding delicious swordfish recipes.
Crust swordfish with sweet potatoes
Believe it or not, sweet potatoes go perfectly with the quite fatty meat of the swordfish. This dish is really easy to prepare and incredibly delicious.
Get some swordfish boneless fillets and season them with some lemon slices, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Place them on a baking sheet or aluminum foil and put them in the oven for about 20-30 minutes on high heat for approximately 40 minutes on medium heat. Because of its own fat, the swordfish won’t require any additional cooking oils or butter and will perfectly melt in its own juices, combined with the fresh spices and the lemon slices.
Peel of the sweet potatoes and cut them into thin slices and place them on a cooking pan. Season them with fresh sea salt, pepper blends, extra virgin olive oil, minced thyme, and minced oregano. Put them in the oven for about 30-40 minutes, and then sprinkle some fresh parmesan and put it back into the oven for a few more minutes. Take the potatoes out and put them on the same plate as the swordfish fillets. Garnish with a low-fat yogurt and mint sauce or with a simple sauce of lemon and mint.
Marinated and grilled swordfish served with grilled veggies
Another easy and extremely delicious recipes include well-marinated swordfish alongside the classically grilled veggies. Because of its bland meat, swordfish can be easily seasoned with a great variety of ingredients and spices in order to create unique flavors.
Our suggestion is to stick to the basics and marinate the swordfish using the most popular ingredients - extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, and garlic. You can replace the rosemary with ginger and a pinch of cinnamon if you’re really looking for exotic flavors. Let it marinate for a few hours then cook it on the grill or in a frying pan, depending on your preferences.
Marinated swordfish is best served with grilled veggies - onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers.
Another popular combination is to mix the cooked swordfish with boiled rice and serve it with pickled ginger.
Ginger, lemon, and garlic swordfish steak
This is another great, common, yet extremely delicious dish that can be made with a wide variety of fish meat, including swordfish. With its Mediterranean origins, this recipe is best used alongside baked potatoes.
The ingredients are quite basic and simple, similar to the entire cooking process. In fact, it is the simplicity in the ingredients and in the cooking method that turns this dish into an all-time favorite, loved both by adults and small children. But, getting back to our recipe, you’ll need a few crushed garlic cloves, lemon juice, fresh sea salt and pepper, some chopped spring onions, the most popular extra virgin olive oil, about four steaks of swordfish, and a ginger root about 2.5 cm long.
Mix the ginger and the garlic into a bowl and mince them together until forming a paste. Add the lemon juice, some chili flakes, the sliced spring onions, and mix some more until achieving a homogenous paste. Brush the swordfish fillets with the mixture and leave them to marinate and sit for about 15-20 minutes. Place your marinated swordfish onto the preheated grill rack and cook for about 5-6 minutes only turning the steaks once.
Add the remaining marinade and serve with freshly baked potatoes and a salad mix of your choice. You can put more lemon juice on the plate to meet your tastes.
Although not your first choice when it comes to fish soup, swordfish actually works great in soups if combined with the right ingredients. Since its meat is rather fat, we suggest combining it with “skinnier” types of fish meat, and even with clams and shrimps. The recipe is quite simple, but this is a very delicious dish, best served hot alongside tortilla chips or garlic bread.
You’ll need at least three or four types of fish and sea fruits, depending on your preferences. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated recipe, you can add swordfish, herring, clams, and shrimps. It is important to find a balance in the chosen types of fish meat so the soup won’t be too dry or too fat. Thus, we suggest combining one fat fish meat (it could be shark, salmon, crappies or swordfish) with two-three varieties of dry fish meat.
Place all your chosen types of fish into a large cooking pan and add some vegetable broth or freshwater. Season with a larger quantity of salt and pepper, add some lemon juice, carrots, tomatoes, onions, and even noodles. You’ll also have to add one-two tablespoons of sunflower oil or olive oil, depending on your preferences. Allow to cook for about 45-50 minutes and garnish with plenty of fresh parsley. The soup is better served hot, and it works wonders alongside thick tortilla chips.
The easiest way to wow your guests is not by recreating complicated dishes that take up to 48 hours, but by combining the freshest ingredients with the simplest ways of cooking. So why not enjoy a true Mediterranean meal with some delicious entrees entirely made of fish and herbs?
The fisherman’s plate can contain various types of fish-based products - the more, the merrier. It is a traditional plate in Italy, Greece, Morocco, and other sea or ocean-blessed cuisines. What we like about this traditional dish is that there is no way of blowing it off. All you have to do is gather some fish-based products on a plate and garnish them with lemon juice and salsas.
For our own fisherman’s plate, we suggest starting with some swordfish fish fingers or grilled swordfish steaks combined with grilled sardines, calamari rings, shrimps, and massive amounts of olive oil and fresh lemon slices. Add olives, feta cheese or mozzarella, and some roasted potatoes, and you’ll have a divine course that will certainly please all of your guests.
On the side, you can also add garlic bread, olive pastes, and a swordfish paste made with blended cooked swordfish chunks, onions, tomatoes, salt, pepper, a pinch of olive oil and lemon juice, as well as fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, mint, and oregano. Keep in mind that these plates are usually intended for 2-4 people so make sure you have enough to please all of your guests.
You can also add cooked clams, grilled shrimps, tuna steaks or shark fillets if you want to diversify the menu.
Have you tried some of our recipes? Are you pleased with the variety of recipes we provided? Which are your favorite swordfish dishes? Make sure to answer all of our questions in the comment sections and increase our community with other delicious ways of cooking swordfish.