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How to Broil Swordfish

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KW Schumer is an award-winning newspaper editor, reporter and writer with more than 15 years of experience working for large, mid-sized and community newspaper companies. She also writes the food blog Chef HJ's Table with her husband, a professional chef and the director and chef-instructor of a culinary school.
How to Broil Swordfish
A broiled white fish fillet. Photo Credit: carpaumar/iStock/Getty Images

Swordfish, a meaty, mild fish, is available fresh year-round fresh or frozen, usually as steaks. You can cook swordfish a variety of ways, with broiling being a quick and easy technique that typically takes about 10 minutes. Swordfish’s mild flavor accepts marinades easily, and marinating the steaks before broiling will tenderize and infuse them with flavor.

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Select Superior Swordfish

Step 1

Buy American swordfish, because imported swordfish is largely unregulated and often fished using controversial methods.

Step 2

Select swordfish steaks with smooth, silvery skin and red bloodlines running through firm flesh. The flesh can vary from white to orange; brown bloodlines mean the fish is older and less fresh.

Step 3

Choose fresh swordfish that is basically odorless with a fresh, clean smell.

Before You Broil

Step 1

Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a glass bowl.

Step 2

Place fresh or thawed swordfish into the marinade, turning the steaks to thoroughly coat both sides.

Step 3

Marinate the swordfish at room temperature for 15 minutes to one hour, according to you recipe.

In the Oven

Step 1

Preheat the broiler on high for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Place the oven rack 4 to 5 inches below the heating element.

Step 3

Remove the swordfish steaks from the marinade with tongs and place them on a broiling pan. Place the pan in the broiler.

Step 4

Broil the swordfish on each side for approximately 4 to 6 minute per ½ inch of thickness. Insert a meat thermometer into swordfish; an internal temperature of 155 degrees F indicates that the swordfish is thoroughly cooked.

Step 5

Transfer the marinade to a saucepan and boil it for one minute on the stovetop. Cool slightly and baste the swordfish with the marinade while broiling, if you like.

Step 6

Remove the swordfish steaks from the broiling pan with tongs and place them on a serving platter. Serve immediately.

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