Fish gets a bad rap – no matter what anyone tells you, it’s not hard to cook. In fact, it takes such a short time to cook, all that you need to do to cook it well is to untrain your brain into its natural inclination to overcook meat. Give it only a little time, only a little seasoning and it is perfection. I love swordfish because it’s forgiving, takes seasoning well, and comes out deliciously restaurant-worthy without any fuss. Not to mention that it’s meaty – a manly fish meant to be tucked into like a steak.
This barely qualifies as a recipe below in terms of ingredients – all the work is in the technique. Basically, you are forming a paste out of the lemon zest and garlic that is then slathered onto the swordfish. If you haven’t invested in a microplane yet (and you really should), you will need to use the finest setting on a box grater for the lemon zest. As for the garlic, you will need to mash it with some kosher salt until it forms a paste – not hard, but so much easier if you pick up a microplane.
Because I don’t have a grill, I broil this in my convection oven until the paste bubbles and browns into juicy goodness. If you are graced with a grill, do yourself a favor and throw some of these bad boys on the barbie for a truly magical dinner. Beats a boring chicken breast any day of the week, and it’s a whole lot less work to get it moist and flavorful. Viva simplicité!
Rosemary Lemon Swordfish
4 tbs. fresh rosemary, chopped
4 tbs. of olive oil
2 fat cloves of garlic, microplaned or mashed into a paste
2 tsp. of kosher salt
1 tsp. of black pepper
4 meaty swordfish steaks, 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick
Zest your lemons and add to a small bowl. Microplane your garlic next and toss in the bowl with the kosher salt. If you don’t have a microplane, smash your garlic with the flat side of a large knife. Sprinkle salt over the garlic and drag the sharp end of the knife over the garlic, squishing it to form a paste. Keep on dragging until it’s smooth and the consistency of a paste. Add to the bowl. Add the black pepper and oil and stir.
Using your fingers, rub the paste into the fish on all sides. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Broil fish (or grill) until fish flakes easily with a fork and is cooked all the way through, about 17-20 minutes. Squeeze your lemons over the fish and serve immediately.