Sicilian Swordfish With Fresh Tomato Relish

This is our favorite way to prepare swordfish which keeps it moist and tender. In this recipe, I used a fresh, simple tomato relish to top the swordfish which adds a delicious piquant flavor. For the best results, use ripe tomatoes only. You can either grill the steaks, or simply pan fry them in this recipe, but just be careful not to overcook the thin steaks.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2011

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Sicilian Swordfish With Fresh Tomato Relish

Yield: Serves 4 - 6

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

A zesty tomato relish tops golden brown swordfish steaks.


2 Swordfish Steaks, at Least 1 Inch Thick, Cut in Half Lengthwise (About 1 1/2 Pounds Total Weight)
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
For The Tomato Relish:
1 Pint Ripe Cherry Tomatoes Finely Chopped
8 Pitted Black Olives (Kalamata Work Well)
2 Teaspoons Capers
1 Clove Garlic, Finely Minced
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper To Taste
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley


Lightly brush the swordfish steaks with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Place the bread crumbs on a shallow plate, and lay the swordfish on top.
Bread the other side as well, pressing the crumbs onto the sides of the fish so they stick, then refrigerate for about an hour.
Mix together the topping ingredients and set aside.
To Pan Fry: Spray a heavy frying pan with olive oil spray and heat over medium heat. Cook the swordfish steaks about three minutes on each side or until just barely cooked.
To Grill: Fire up the grill, and once hot, cook the steaks over medium heat just a couple of minutes on each side.
The outer breaded coating should be golden brown, while the interior of the steak remains moist.
Serve immediately, with a scoop of the tomato relish on each steak.


One Response to “Cavatelli Con Salsa Rustica”

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    nina francis — October 1, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    Deborah when I see your recipes it just reminds me of how we grew up with these delish recipes. My mother came from Sicily, and most of your soups and sauces ie salsa rustica was such a favorite, and I have been making it a lot this summer with my abundance of plum, heirloom and cherry tomatoes along with my favorite herbs ie basilico, lemon thyme, sage parsley oregano, and my own fresh garlic. I also makde your olive oil and lemon ricotta cakes recently. My freezer is full. Just love all your newsletters.
    Tante auguri, Nina Francis, nee Verga like Giovanni Verga famous Sicilian poet!


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