Swordfish with Romesco Sauce


Chef Jonathan Waxman of NYC’s Jams makes his rich, nutty romesco sauce with roasted vegetables, two kinds of nuts and Calabrian chiles. Plus:  F&W's Ultimate Guide to Fish and Seafood 

Swordfish with Romesco Sauce
Photo: © Con Poulos
Active Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced with seeds

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 3 Calabrian chiles in oil, drained

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts

  • 1/4 cup almonds

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

  • Four 6-ounce swordfish steaks


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. On a rimmed baking sheet, combine the tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, garlic, chiles, paprika and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; season with salt and pepper and toss well. Roast for about 40 minutes, until the vegetables are caramelized.

  2. Meanwhile, spread the hazelnuts and almonds in a pie plate and toast for about 12 minutes, until deep golden. Transfer the hazelnuts to a clean kitchen towel and rub off the skins.

  3. In a food processor, pulse the nuts until a paste forms. Add the caramelized vegetables, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and the sherry vinegar and pulse until the romesco is slightly chunky.

  4. Heat a grill pan. Rub the fish with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the fish to the pan and grill over moderate heat, turning once, until nicely charred and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Serve with the romesco.

Make Ahead

The romesco sauce can be refrigerated for 1 week. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Serve With

Steamed green beans.

Suggested Pairing

Pair this recipe with a toasty, apple-rich, full-bodied white.

Related Articles