Swordfish Skewers with Salsa Verde


Chef Chad Colby uses fresh bay leaves on these fresh swordfish skewers, which imparts a lovely fragrance to the dish. Slideshow:  Grilled Fish Recipes 

Swordfish Skewers with Salsa Verde
Photo: © Con Poulos
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 10 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 28 fresh bay leaves (1 cup)

  • 1 1/2 pounds swordfish, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 medium zucchini, very thinly sliced lengthwise on a mandoline

  • 2 lemons, halved crosswise


  1. In a blender or mini food processor, pulse the parsley, garlic, crushed red pepper and olive oil to a thick puree. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl.

  2. Onto each of 4 long skewers, alternately thread a bay leaf, a piece of fish, a bay leaf and a slice of zucchini, repeating until each skewer has 3 pieces of fish, 3 slices of zucchini and 7 bay leaves. Season the skewers with salt and pepper and brush all over with the parsley sauce. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  3. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Grill the skewers over moderate heat, turning, until the fish is lightly browned and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a platter. Meanwhile, grill the lemon halves, cut side down, until charred, about 2 minutes. Serve the skewers with the grilled lemons. Discard the bay leaves.

Suggested Pairing

Herby, citrusy Vermentino from Italy's Ligurian coast was practically made for this dish.

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