Swordfish Marinated in Recaito Recipe

Serves/Makes: 6


  • 6 swordfish steaks (about 6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for garnish

  • Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup Puerto Rican Basic Recaito
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 bay leaves

  • Orange Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen passion fruit juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Zest of 1 small orange, or more to taste
How to cook Swordfish Marinated in Recaito:
  • Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add the swordfish steaks, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours. Turn the steaks every hour.
  • While the fish is marinating, prepare the sauce. Melt the butter and add the remaining ingredients, except the oil, bell pepper, and cilantro, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced to 2/3 cup. Set aside.
  • Drain the swordfish steaks and discard the marinade. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet and saute the fish until lightly browned on both sides.
  • To serve, arrange the fish on a platter and pour the Orange Sauce over it. Sprinkle the bell pepper and cilantro on top.

Puerto Rican Basic Recaito (Recaito Basico) Recipe

Puerto Rican Basic Recaito (Recaito Basico) Ingredients:
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 Italian frying pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 sweet chili peppers, seeded
  • 3 recao leaves* (if recao leaves are unavailable, triple the amount of cilantro)
  • 1 sprig cilantro
How to cook Puerto Rican Basic Recaito (Recaito Basico):
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  • If using a blender, add some water or oil to the machine before mixing the ingredients.


The Swordfish Marinated in Recaito is Caribbean recipe from Puerto Rico - very easy to prepare and so good!
The Puerto Rican name for this recipe is Camarones a La Criolla.


*Recao, also known as culantro, is a spice herb grown commercially in Puerto Rico and throughout the tropical Caribbean and Central America. Recao is a key ingredient in Puerto Rican cooking. The recao leaves are chopped and added as a spice to most stews and soups.

This recipe for Swordfish Marinated in Recaito serves/makes: 6

The Puerto Rican Swordfish Marinated in Recaito (Pez Espada Marinado en Recaito) recipe is adopted from A Taste of Puerto Rico by Yvonne Ortiz - 1997.

Main Ingredient: Swordfish (more Swordfish recipes)
Preparation Method: Pan Fried/Sauteed (more Pan Fried/Sauteed recipes)
Cuisine: Caribbean (more Caribbean recipes)

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