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    Swordfish Sicilian-Style

    These swordfish steaks are griddled, grilled or barbecued for just a few minutes each side to ensure that they stay moist and succulent, so time the cooking carefully. Complement their flavour with this light dressing which originated in Sicily where it is called salmoriglio.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 6 minutes to 7 minutes
    • Total time: 21 minutes to 22 minutes 25 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 4 x 150g fresh swordfish steaks, about 3cm thick
    • 5 tbsp olive oil
    • 3 tbsp lemon juice
    • ½ tsp caster sugar
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp drained capers, roughly chopped if large
    • ½ pack fresh oregano, chopped
    • ½ pack fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
    • Salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper


    1. Place the swordfish steaks in a shallow dish and brush on both sides with 1 tbsp olive oil and seasoning.
    2. Pour the lemon juice into a bowl, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the remaining olive oil, garlic, capers, herbs and seasoning.
    3. Preheat a hot griddle pan or grill, or prepare a barbecue. Cook the swordfish steaks for 2-3 minutes, then turn them over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until just cooked. Serve each steak with a spoonful of the herb dressing and a generous portion of steamed green beans.

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    Cook's tips

    The sauce is also good with grilled or barbecued tuna.


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