Grilled Swordfish with Herbs and Charred Lemon Salsa

F&W's Justin Chapple dries herbs from his garden in the microwave to have them on hand for all kinds of dishes. Here he uses a mix of rosemary, thyme and oregano to season swordfish, which he serves with a salsa made with grilled lemon slices, parsley, celery and shallot. 

Grilled Swordfish with Herbs and Charred Lemon Salsa
Photo: © John Kernick
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 lemon, preferably thin-skinned, very thinly sliced and seeded

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

  • 1 medium celery rib, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

  • 2 teaspoons each dried rosemary, thyme and oregano

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • Four 8-ounce skinless swordfish steaks, cut 1 inch thick


  1. Light a grill or heat a grill pan. Brush the lemon slices with olive oil and grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and the rind is tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a work surface and let cool, then finely chop.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk the chopped lemon with the celery, shallot, parsley, 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon each of the rosemary, thyme and oregano. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Brush the swordfish with oil and season with salt, pepper and the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons each of the dried herbs. Grill the fish over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly charred and just cooked through, 8 minutes. Transfer to plates and serve with the salsa.

Suggested Pairing

Napa Valley Chardonnay.

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