Grilled Swordfish Sicilian-Style

"One of the "30 Best Fast Recipes Ever" from Food & Wine. This is a very simple, basic recipe; nothing fancy here. Recipe created by cookbook genius Marcelle Hazan."
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  • Preheat grill on high (or preheat the broiler on high).
  • In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice with the salt until the salt dissolves. Stir in the oregano. Slowly whisk in the olive oil and season generously with pepper.
  • Grill the swordfish steaks over high heat (as close to the heat as possible), turning once, until cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Transfer the fish to a platter. Prick each fish steak in several places with a fork to allow the sauce to penetrate.
  • Using a spoon, beat the sauce, then drizzle it over the fish.
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. SkylerFox
    Poking lots of holes in the fish after it has finished cooking was an awesome way to get the fish to actually absorb the flavor of the marinade.
  2. Dr. Jenny
    This recipe was simple to prepare and tasted great. It seemed very healthy as well. We enjoyed it. Thanks!
  3. Rutherann
    Fantastic - how could something so easy be so simple! Served with Kashi rice and asparagus
  4. Laurie H.
    Three cheers and 5 stars for the genius of Marcella Hazan (original creator of this recipe). It could not be simpler or more delicious, but caution: use 1tsp salt at first and add more to your taste. I also urge you to use fresh oregano (not dried), because that's the really special aspect of this dish. Use fresh fish of course -- and I used all the sauce on only 1.5lbs! ;-)
  5. Mamas Kitchen Hope
    This has so much flavor from such simple ingredients! I love it! I had everything on hand, except the swordfish! Our dear January Bride said it was perfectly fine to substitute shark! What a doll! This imparted such a great and easy flavor! Definitely use fresh oregano here if you can. I am lucky to have a large plant growing outside and am constantly amazed at the freshness it lends! This is a great recipe that is simplicity at its best! Would be easy to adjust this a tad to add some garlic or even some pepper flakes for a little heat. Delicious! I grilled this outside which kept my kitchen nice and cool! Another plus! Thanks January Bride for such a fantastic recipe! *Made for Bev Tag*



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