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Grilled Swordfish Stakes with Basil-Caper Butter
© Tina Rupp

Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Basil-Caper Butter

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
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  • MAKE-AHEAD

  1. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  2. 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  3. 2 teaspoons drained capers, chopped
  4. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  7. Four 8-ounce swordfish steaks, cut 1 inch thick
  8. Arugula and Endive Salad with Pine Nuts and Parmesan, for serving
  1. Light a grill. In a small bowl, blend the butter with the basil, capers and 1 teaspoon of the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, and refrigerate.
  2. In a large, shallow dish, mix the olive oil with the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Season the swordfish with salt and pepper and turn the fish in the olive oil mixture. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. Grill the swordfish steaks over a hot fire until nicely charred on the outside and just cooked within, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the steaks to plates, top each with a dollop of basil-caper butter and serve right away, with the Arugula and Endive Salad with Pine Nuts and Parmesan.
Make Ahead The basil-caper butter can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Suggested Pairing

Flavored butter gives these meaty swordfish steaks a piquant, herbal taste that's echoed in Sauvignon Blanc, particularly ones from the Collio region of Italy.