Pesce Spada alla Ghiotta (Swordfish with Olives and Capers)
This dish, based on one from the book My Calabria (See book review), matches meaty swordfish steaks with a rustic, briny sauce of tomatoes, olives, and capers.
Enlarge Image Credit: Todd Coleman4 swordfish steaks (about 6 oz. each
and 3/8" thick), skin removed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black
pepper, to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 cups whole peeled canned tomatoes,
drained and minced
1/2 cup large green olives, such as
cerignola, pitted and roughly
3 tbsp. salt-packed capers, soaked
1/4 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
2 tbsp. roughly chopped flat-leaf
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1. Season swordfish with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12" skillet over high heat. Working in two batches, add swordfish and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and medium rare, about 3 minutes. Transfer swordfish to a plate, leaving oil in skillet.
2. Reduce heat to medium; add garlic and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, olives, capers, and chile flakes and cook, stirring, until tomatoes soften and release some of their juices, about 5 minutes. Return swordfish steaks to skillet, nestling them in the sauce, and add parsley and lemon juice; cook until fish is cooked through. To serve, transfer swordfish to a platter and spoon sauce over top.