Indonesian Grilled Swordfish

by Melissa on June 6, 2011

Living in New England, we get about 7 months of grilling weather every year (and sometimes that is stretching it!), so we take full advantage. Just like when I am cooking inside the kitchen, I try to mix up what kind of foods we grill outside as well. This recipe is a great alternative to the typical grilled foods you might have, but just as easy to prepare and absolutely delicious!

Indonesian Grilled Swordfish

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil, plus extra for brushing on the grill
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (~2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup minced or finely chopped ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 (8-ounce, 1-inch thick) swordfish steaks
  • Kosher salt
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Combine the soy sauce, canola oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, ginger root, garlic, and mustard in a bowl. Pour half the sauce in a low flat dish that’s just large enough to hold the swordfish in one layer. Place the swordfish on top of the sauce and spread the remaining sauce on top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.

Thirty minutes before you’re ready to serve, build a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill.

When the coals are medium-hot, brush the cooking grate with oil to prevent the fish from sticking. Remove the fish from the marinade, allowing some of the ginger to cling to the fish, and discard the marinade. Sprinkle the fish on both sides with salt and place it over the coals. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, just until it’s no longer pink in the middle. Place on a platter, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot or warm with lemon wedges.

Source: Slightly adapted from Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics.

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