Staring into the cold air of a near-empty refrigerator, the cook scratches her head. Perplexed, she scans the shelves: a bag of this over here, and super-ripe that over there. Pressure builds as the sound of ticking clocks and grumbling stomachs send vibes of hunger-fueled tension toward the kitchen. The conditions are just right; a creative storm is brewing.
That was the story this weekend. Fresh swordfish steaks straight from the fish market were beckoning for the grill but begged for a little something more; too bad I barely had a little of anything to work with. A lowly tomato destined for a salad (or soon, the garbage) and two lemons later, and I had a delicious sauce. Suddenly, something as plain as a grilled piece of fish turned into a restaurant worthy entrée just because I had to get inventive with what was left in the fridge.
It seems like the best dishes often come out of situations like these. In my case, I ended up putting together a swordfish recipe that no one wanted to stop eating; there was not a drop of sauce left! Needless to say, I definitely will be making it again. I’m really proud of it and am happy to be sharing it with you!
Grilled Swordfish with Tomato-Lemon Sauce
Yield: 3 Servings
- 3 swordfish steaks
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
• Season steaks by rubbing with salt, pepper, and olive oil on each side. Grill over high heat.
- ½ Tbs butter
- ½ Tbs olive oil
- ½ shallot
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1 lemon, juice
- Zest from ½ of a lemon
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ tsp flour
• Heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat; add shallots and cook until translucent. Add tomatoes and cook until they release some of their juices but still hold their shape, about 3-5 minutes. Add lemon juice and chicken stock and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
• Finish the sauce with parsley and sugar. If needed, slowly sprinkle in 1 tsp of flour; whisk until the sauce is very slightly thickened.
• Serve sauce over grilled swordfish.