Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Pesto Recipe

Serves/Makes: 2 servings


  • 2 swordfish steaks (about 5 ounces each)
  • 1/2 green chili
  • 2 ounces fresh basil
  • 1 ounce pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 ounces virgin olive oil
  • Rocket and watercress salad (see the recipe below) - optional
How to cook Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Pesto:
    Pesto Cooking:
  • Add the basil leaves, garlic and pine nuts to a food processor or mini chopped and blitz them together for a few seconds.
  • Add half of the olive oil and blitz together again.
  • Finally, add the remainder of the olive oil, mix together with a spoon and season to taste.
  • (If you don't have a food processor then you can mash everything by hand with a pestle and mortar.)
    Swordfish Steaks Cooking:
  • Lightly coat one side of the swordfish steaks in pesto and sprinkle over some finely chopped green chili.
  • Squeeze over the lemon juice and then place the steaks under the grill on a high heat for 5 to 6 minutes. You don't need to flip the steaks as they should cook through nice and evenly in a good heat.
  • Serve up the grilled swordfish steaks with some steamed white rice or a peppery rocket salad.

Rocket and Watercress Salad Recipe

Rocket and Watercress Salad Ingredients:
  • 3 ounces mixed salad leaves such as rocket (arugula), watercress, lambs's lettuce, spinach, and lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons mixed chopped fresh herbs such as flat-leaf parsley, mint, coriander and basil
  •     For Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons extra vergin olive oil
  • 1/4 lemon juice
  • 1/2 garlic clove, crusched
  • Salt and freshly grated black pepper to taste
How to cook Rocket and Watercress Salad:
  • Wash the salad leaves and discard any thick stalks. Dry and put in a salad bowl. Add the chopped herbs.
  • To make the dressing, mix together the oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Taste and add more oil or lemon juice if necessary.
  • Just before serving, whisk the dressing; pour over the salad leaves, toss and serve.
Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Pesto recipe


Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 20 mins

The Grilled Swordfish Steak with Pesto recipe easy to cook and so good!


Swordfish is a particularly meaty fish and it can be cooked in a number of ways. The flavor and texture is fairly similar to tuna steak, but swordfish steak definitely wins in my opinion.

To accompany the grilled swordfish steaks, some sticky jasmine rice goes particularly well, or you could do a side rocket and watercress salad with a lemon dressing.

This recipe for Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Pesto serves/makes: 2 servings

The Grilled Swordfish Steak with Pesto recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Swordfish (more Swordfish recipes)
Preparation Method: Broiled/Grilled (more Broiled/Grilled recipes)

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