I am late to the swordfish party. As much as I enjoy seafood of all kinds, I am not very adventurous when it comes to cooking fish at home. The cooking itself is simple enough. Most cuts of fish are best served simply to let the flavour shine. What stops me from exploring is cost. A dinner for two featuring sustainably caught fish can easily cost me $20 for the fish alone. At the fishmonger, swordfish steaks definitely take up a place of pride as Dorie Greenspan wrote in Around My French Table. Thankfully, they are in season right now and I was able to get a gorgeous 200g piece under $10.
Another cost saving tip I learned from Greenspan is that rather than cooking the inch-thick swordfish steaks on a grill, the French prefers to serve thinner portions seared in pan. That’s music to my ears because I could stretch that fillet into a dinner for two by simply slicing it in half. With all other ingredients readily available at home, my swordfish dinner is unexpectedly affordable and elegant. Even the description of the dish sounds restaurant-worthy: Pan seared swordfish served with caper rosemary vinaigrette, frilly herb salad, and lentils with sundried tomatoes and black olives.