I always have friends ask me, what’s the best way to cook fish? While my favorite way is the simplicity of Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper, there are times that I add additional flavors to spice things up a bit! After all Variety is the Spice of Life.
One of my latest requests was what to do with swordfish? Swordfish can be a disaster if overcooked and is really a fairly bland fish (if its fresh), so you can have fun adding in very flavorful ingredients. Marinating is always an option, but quite frankly I forget to do it, so I always end up looking for other ways to add in additional flavors.
Using compound butters that are full of flavors is a great way to spice things up, whether you use it on fish, chicken or beef they can add another layer of flavors to your dish.
This is my variation of a compound butter that would work wonderfully for you, and don’t be afraid to crank up the flavors you like most by adding a bit more into your butters. That’s how I came up with my ginger garlic pan roasted swordfish.
You can do this fish in the oven for the entire cooking process, but I do like the Pan Roasting Method for some foods, and it worked well with the swordfish. Just make sure you have a good ventilation system!
Don’t forget to add a little color to your plates with your favorite side dishes.
- 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 clove garlic - minced
- ½ teaspoon grated ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 1-inch-thick swordfish fillets ( 6-7 ounces each)
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Blend together butter, parsley, garlic, ginger, red pepper and lemon peel in small bowl.
- Season to taste with sea salt.
- Heat oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
- Sprinkle swordfish with sea salt .
- Add swordfish to skillet. Cook until browned, about 3 minutes.
- Turn swordfish over and transfer to oven. Roast until just cooked through, about 10 minutes longer.
- Add seasoned butter to same skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, scraping up all the bits, until melted and bubbling.
- Transfer swordfish to platter
- Pour butter sauce over swordfish and serve with your favorite sides
Here’s the video of the cooking process.