pan-fried swordfish belly, hot smoky pineapple glaze
brown rice, temptation melon, cilantro, peanut
chile de arbol garnish
The fishmonger called it “swordfish bacon.” He had the whole fish there, which was locally caught right off the coast here in Southern California. The steaks looked fabulous, but then there was this esoteric belly meat kept off to the side, unsliced, and sold only to those who asked specifically…
While the belly of the swordfish is particularly fatty, it is high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and low in saturated fats. Its melt-in-the-mouth texture and buttery flavor make for a special treat. Due to the richness and high fat content, my serving size here is only about 5 0z. per plate.
Dried chipotle chiles turn the spicy pineapple glaze into an extraordinary sauce. Tangy sweet pineapple juice is reduced to a syrup while becoming infused with the heat and smoke from chipotle peppers. Jalapeño brings a another spicy dimension and green vegetal flavors. Cilantro and scallion are introduced at the very end, adding a lively fresh component to the glaze.
The fish is served with fluffy brown rice, diced temptation melon, cilantro, and peanuts. Temptation melon, also known as orange flesh honeydew, is a cross between honeydew and cantaloupe. The melon flesh has a sweet heady aroma and complex flavor. Finally, the dish is brightened with fresh cilantro leaves while chopped peanuts lend crunch to balance the silky fish texture.
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sautéed fresh dover sole
grape tomatoes, garlic, chili flakes, corn nuts
pan seared fresh local swordfish
cherry tomatoes, garlic, chili flakes, corn nuts
the junk food challenge
a snack food made of deep fried corn kernels
“Let’s have some fun this month with something a little different – Junk Food! Take your favorite Junk Food, something you are addicted to, for example chips or fries, and use it in a gourmet dish! Note it is not a makeover of junk food, you must use the junk food item in your 5 star creation.”
The 5 Star Makeover Cooking Group hosted by Natasha the 5 Star Foodie & Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks! is an outstanding monthly event for sharing ideas and creating gourmet makeovers of selected classic dishes or flavor combinations.
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Fresh Pacific Swordfish with Chinese Fermented Black Bean Garlic Marinade
Fresh Pacific Swordfish with North African Harissa Marinade
For a fresh twist, pair your common fish with uncommon flavors!
Try these two piquant marinades – from a jar and a tube!
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Fresh Pacific Swordfish
Braised in Tomato Jalapeño Caper Sauce
Over Cannellini Drizzled with Olive Oil
A recipe in the January issue of Food & Wine caught my eye. They made theirs with penne pasta and flaked the swordfish. Here I serve the intact filet over white beans. The swordfish is braised in a zesty tomato sauce with anchovy, garlic, jalapeño, capers and white wine.
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