Swordfish with Puttanesca Sauce

Classic puttanesca sauce compliments this deliciously meaty swordfish.

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time18 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chilli, optional
1 large onion, chopped
680g small vine-ripened tomatoes, halved lengthwise
60g halved, pitted Kalamata olives
60g Italian green olives
2 tablespoons capers, drained
2 teaspoons anchovy paste or finely-chopped tinned anchovy fillets
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
4 (170g) swordfish steaks, about 1 1/2-inches thick, patted dry, at room temperature
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat a 12-inch frying pan over a low flame. Add the extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper, if using, and gently heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Stir in the tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovy paste, and the vinegar. Toss to combine and cook until the tomatoes have softened and released their juices, 6 to 8 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the basil and toss to combine. Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside until ready to use. If not using immediately, cover and refrigerate in a nonreactive container for up to one week. Cook's Note: Bring the sauce to room temperature and then gently warm when ready to use.

Preheat the grill or grill pan over medium heat.

Brush the swordfish steaks on both sides with the olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Grill the swordfish until nicely marked on both sides and just cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Remove the fish from the grill and allow to rest briefly before serving.

Serve the fish hot, with the puttanesca sauce spooned over the fillets. Garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons chopped basil, and more sauce, if desired.

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