Grilled Swordfish with Lemon-Basil Butter

Grilled Swordfish with Lemon-Basil Butter: Swordfish is a great choice for grilling, and topped with a herb butter made from fresh basil and lemon zest it makes an outstanding meal, with very little fuss.

Grilling fish can be a bit tricky, but swordfish, with its firm, steak-like texture stands up well to this method of cooking. A little lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper is all that's needed to prepare the fish for the grill, and a simple compound butter flavored with lemon zest and basil makes the perfect complement. Serve with sautéed spinach and a salad for a light, warm-weather meal.

Grilled Swordfish with Lemon-Basil Butter

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 swordfish steaks, 1-inch thick (about 2 lbs)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the lemon-basil butter:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, very finely chopped (about 1/2 clove)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil

Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high heat.

Cut each swordfish steak in half, drizzle with lemon juice and let stand for 1 minute. Rub both sides of each steak with olive oil, salt and pepper and set aside.

Place the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, salt and basil in a small bowl and combine well. Set aside until ready to serve.

Oil the grill grates and add the fish.

Grill the swordfish steaks until opaque throughout, 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 minutes per side. To avoid drying out the fish, do not leave unattended.

Top each piece of fish with about 1 tablespoon of the lemon-basil butter just as it comes off the grill. Allow to rest for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 servings

comments & replies

Had this tonight, it was fabulous! (And I forgot thr basil!).

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