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Seared Swordfish with Fennel and Endive

Seared Swordfish with Fennel and Endive

4, plus leftover fish for lunch Servings

Feel free to substitute chard and radicchio for the endive.


  • 1½ pounds skinless swordfish steak, trimmed of any bloodlines, divided into 5 portions
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 head fennel, core intact, cut into ½” wedges, plus fennel fronds for serving
  • 2 Belgian endives, cores intact, quartered lengthwise
  • ½ cup homemade chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • Fresh parsley leaves (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 425°. Season fish with salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add fennel and cook until golden brown and crisp-tender, about 4 minute per side. Add endive quarters and let brown on both cut sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer vegetables to a plate and wipe out skillet.

  • Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in skillet. Add fish and cook until browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Turn off heat; add chicken stock, fennel, and endive wedges. Transfer skillet to oven and cook until fish is just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Reserve 1 portion of fish for tomorrow’s lunch.

  • Remove vegetables and remaining fish from skillet and whisk wine into liquid. If juices are runny, cook over medium-high heat until sauce is thick and slightly reduced, about 3 minutes.

  • To serve, pour sauce over fish and vegetables; top with parsley leaves and fennel fronds.

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 280 Fat (g) 14 Saturated Fat (g) 3 Cholesterol (mg) 65 Carbohydrates (g) 6 Dietary Fiber (g) 3 Total Sugars (g) 0 Protein (g) 33 Sodium (mg) 370Reviews Section

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Often paired with relishes like ones made with olives or capers, it’s obvious that swordfish goes perfectly with salt, and Palmer is not shy about this. For his holiday swordfish, he sautés pancetta-wrapped swordfish and pairs it with fennel purée and a fennel, endive, and grapefruit salad for a salty-sweet flavor combination.

The halibut in this dish stands up on its own, with just a tad of butter added to the end. It lets its counterparts do most of the work, with the crispy Brussels sprouts providing texture and the citrusy yuzu beurre blanc adding a burst of fresh flavor.

Swordfish Escabeche ►

Marinated in lime juice, fresh swordfish is cubed, seared, and served with a spicy red wine sauce. The sauce combines cinnamon, cumin, allspice, clove, bay leaf, and oregano, an unusual but delicious combination. Both the oregano and garlic used in this dish are toasted before they are added. Watch the oregano as it toasts and remove it as soon as the aroma becomes noticeable it will burn very quickly.


  • Swordfish Steaks - 2, fresh, about 8 ounces each
  • Lime Juice - 1/4 cup fresh
  • Water - 1-1/4 cups
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • Mexican Oregano - 3/4 teaspoon, toasted
  • Bay Leaves - 2
  • Allspice - 2 whole
  • Black Peppercorns - 1/3 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Clove - 1
  • Cinnamon Stick - 1
  • Garlic Clove - 1, peeled and toasted
  • Sugar - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red Wine Vinegar - 3/4 cup
  • Olive Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Sweet Onion - 1/2, sliced into thin rings
  • Red Chilies - 1 to 2, sliced into thin rings


Marinate the swordfish in lime juice, water, and salt for 1 hour. Put the oregano, bay leaves, allspice, peppercorns, cumin, clove, salt, coriander, cinnamon, and sugar in a grinder or mortar. Grind thoroughly, then add the toasted garlic. Put the mixture in a saute pan. Add 3/4 cup of water and 1/2 cup of the red wine vinegar, and simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the swordfish from the marinade, pat dry, and remove the skin. Cut into cubes. Heat another saute pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Put the swordfish cubes in the pan and saute on all sides until the fish has a light golden crust. Set the cubes aside on 2 serving dishes and allow to cool to room temperature. Pour the oil from the pan and add the remaining red wine vinegar, stirring up the glaze from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, adding a little water if the sauce becomes too thick.

To serve: Spoon the sauce over the fish. Garnish with sweet onion rings and red chilies. The fish is served at room temperature.

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Fries are just too hard to resist.

With tuna, I like to add a little extra flavor by sprinkling some garlic powder on top. You can try other flavors too or even make a dip!

Pesce all’Acqua Pazza

“Pesce all’acqua pazza” translates to “fish in crazy water,” but this dish is actually elegant, simple, and truly foolproof. It’s a great recipe if you’re new to cooking fish: The fish gently poaches in the tomato broth so it’s hard to overcook, and the broth itself is so delicious and dunkable (save some of that grilled bread) that there truly is no going wrong.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and chili flakes, stirring often so they don’t burn. Once golden and fragrant, add the tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Let the tomatoes stew and simmer, softening and releasing their liquids, for 3 to 5 minutes. Then add the wine and water and cook for another minute, just until the alcohol cooks out.

2. Place the fillets into the tomato mixture, cover, and cook for about 4 minutes, until the fish is opaque throughout.

3. To serve, place a spoonful of the tomato mixture in the base of a shallow bowl and top with a halibut fillet. Finish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges.

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