Thursday, December 09, 2010

Recipe for Moroccan Swordfish

Swordfish is a very popular fish in Morocco and fillets are frequently available in major cities. In the Fez Medina swordfish is to be found in the souq at R'cif.

Photograph by Ian Wallace

Ingredients for four people

1 tsp saffron threads
2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, thinly sliced
1 red capsicum, roasted, peeled, seeded, thinly sliced
1 yellow capsicum, roasted, peeled, seeded, thinly sliced
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 small red chilli, seeded, thinly sliced
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
150ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to brush
20ml (1 tbs) lemon juice
4 (about 150g each) swordfish fillets
1 tbs chopped fresh mint
1 tbs chopped fresh coriander


1. Place saffron threads in a bowl with two tablespoons of warm water and set aside for five minutes.

2. Place tomato, capsicum, coriander, cumin, chilli, garlic, oil, lemon juice and saffron and its soaking liquid in a pan. Heat gently through.

3. Preheat a chargrill or non-stick frying pan to high. Season the fish, brush with oil and fry for 1-2 minutes (the centre should remain rare).

4. Place on serving plates, add the herbs to the sauce and divide the sauce between the plates.

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