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Grill Pan Swordfish Tacos – Recipe!

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I just returned home from Sicily a week ago and I was so impressed with the amount of seafood eaten on that island.  Swordfish is a big catch there and as I walked through the fish markets in both Catania and Palermo, I would watch the fish mongers slice up the gigantic swordfish crosswise, over the backbone, to create swordfish steaks.  Here in our country, you do see this cut of fish as well, but Americans are a little frightened of bones in my opinion, and mostly want their fish sliced from a boneless fillet.

When I travel, the one food I always crave are tacos.  I could be eating at the best restaurant or sampling some of the local cuisine on the street, and still be thinking, “I could go for a taco right about now.”  There’s something about a rolled up tortilla stuffed with a bit of protein, which has been seasoned just right, topped with crunchy vegetables.  It just makes an outstanding meal.

As soon as I got home, tacos were going to be on my cooking repertoire, which brings me here to these Swordfish Tacos.  These fish tacos I cook in a stovetop grill pan after being sprinkled with a little cumin, salt and pepper.  The tortillas I toast on an open flame on the burner right next door.  The crunchy slaw is a quick mix of cabbage, mayo, yogurt, chipotle sauce and a little more cumin.  That’s pretty much it.

If you love guacamole like I do, add a dab to the top of each taco and a hit of hot sauce for a magical punch.  This whole meal is done within 15 minutes, and it tastes so fresh – almost as good as in Sicily.

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3/4 pound swordfish fillet

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 lemon + more for serving

1/3 head red cabbage, sliced thinly

1/2 cup light mayonnaise

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon chipotle sauce – from a can of chipotle chilies

juice of 1 lime

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

8-10 corn tortillas

grapeseed or canola oil

guacamole, optional

hot sauce, optional

(Serves 4-6)

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To Prepare:

  1. Place grill pan over medium-high heat and drizzle with oil.  In a bowl, combine cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Sprinkle over fish on both sides.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, mayonnaise, yogurt, chipotle sauce, lime, salt and pepper, toss.
  3. When grill pan is hot, add fish and turn heat to medium.  Cook for 3-4 minutes, depending upon the thickness of fish.  Flip fish over and grill other side for 3 minutes.  Squeeze juice of lemon over top and cook for 30 seconds.  Remove fish and place on cutting board.
  4. Toast tortillas over open flame or under broiler, set aside.
  5. Using a fork, shred grilled swordfish into chunks.  Place swordfish inside tortillas with a big dollop of slaw, a spoon of guacamole and a dash of hot sauce.  Enjoy!

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