Recipe courtesy of Chris Milano

Argentinean-Style Grilled Swordfish with a Spicy-Orange Chimichurri, Pan-Roasted Peppers and Charred Sweet Potato Chips

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 40 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Chimichurri:

1 1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil

6 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 large orange, zested

1 large lemon, zested

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons minced shallots

1 cup chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, firmly packed

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, firmly packed

1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves, firmly packed

2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves

2 large jalapenos; stemmed, ribs and seeds removed, and minced

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon sugar

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Swordfish:

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

Extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 very large red bell peppers, seeds and ribs removed, cut into large julienne

2 very large yellow bell peppers, seeds and ribs removed, cut into large julienne

2 large cloves garlic, sliced thin

1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves

1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves

4 (8 to 10-ounce) swordfish steaks, 1-inch thick

Garnishes: orange zest, very thinly sliced jalapeno, 4 thin orange slices (then sliced in the middle to twist).

Warmed sourdough baguette slices

Directions

  1. To prepare the chimichurri, place all the ingredients in a food processor and process for 1 to 2 minutes until the ingredients are well combined. Can be used immediately, but for best results refrigerate overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 2 hours before serving, to allow to come to room temperature. 
  2. Preheat your grill pan (or outdoor grill) over medium-high heat. Brush each sweet potato slice generously with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle both sides generously with salt and pepper. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until tender when poked with a knife (you want some nice char marks on the potatoes.) You may need to grill in 2 batches. Place on a baking sheet, wrap with foil and place in a preheated to 200 degree F oven. 
  3. Next, in a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. When hot add the bell peppers and season generously with salt and pepper. Saute until caramelized, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Turn the heat off, toss in the toasted pine nuts, basil and oregano and add a pinch more salt and pepper. Stir to combine and keep warm on the stovetop. 
  4. For the swordfish, again heat your grill pan (or outdoor grill) over medium-high heat. Brush both sides of the swordfish generously with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle both sides generously with salt and pepper. Grill until just cooked through, but still moist, about 3 to 4 minutes per side (being careful not to overcook the fish.) 
  5. To plate, first put 1/4 of the sweet potato slices onto each of 4 warmed plates. Top potatoes with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and a tiny pinch of salt. Next, top the sweet potatoes, with 1/4 of the bell pepper mixture. Then place the swordfish atop that, and spoon a generous amount of the chimichurri over the middle of the fish. To garnish, top the chimichurri with a tiny sprinkling of orange zest, then just a few very thinly sliced pieces of jalapeno, and a twisted orange slice. Serve with warmed sourdough baguette slices and the additional chimichurri on the side. Enjoy!!

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