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Posted on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 : 9:41 a.m.

A new take on an old favorite: swordfish souvlaki

By Peggy Lampman


Swordfish Souvlaki

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Souvlaki is basically the Greek meaning for skewered grilled meat or fish (vegetables optional) — what some call shish-ke-bob. Lamb and swordfish are two items often found in classic Greek souvlaki.

I've found Campari tomatoes (select those about 1 1/2 to 2 times as big as a cherry tomatoes) are perfect for grilled kebobs of any type. They take a bit longer to cook, so the opportunity for them to explode as the meat or fish cooks is lessened.

This recipe is lovely served with steamed rice and pita bread.

Swordfish Souvlaki

Yield: 6 servings (10-20 kebobs depending on length of skewers)
Active time: 40 minutes
Marinating time: 30 minutes to 3 hours


1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons oregano
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
3 pounds of swordfish, skin removed and cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
24 Campari tomatoes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded, membranes removed, cut into squares
1 orange bell pepper, seeded, membranes removed, cut into squares


1. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and garlic until emulsified. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Pour into a gallon resealable plastic bag or a dish large enough to accommodate the swordfish.

2. Place swordfish cubes into bag or bowl. Seal bag and turn several times until the fish is well coated or place in bowl, stir, and cover in plastic wrap. Marinate outside the refrigerator for half an hour, or refrigerate for 2-3 hours, turning the bag or stirring contents of bowl occasionally.

3. Heat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. String kebobs, alternating swordfish, tomatoes and peppers, onto skewers. On a clean, well-oiled cooking grate, grill 8 to 12 minutes, turning skewers cook evenly. Swordfish is done when a white substance appears on the fish.

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Peggy Lampman

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 : 2:10 p.m.

Dotdash - Thanks so much for posting this link. How sad! But you're right - chicken would be a marvelous substitute for the swordfish. Peggy


Tue, Jun 14, 2011 : 2:41 a.m.

Believe it or not, one of the best places for fish used to be Outback Steakhouse. You order it with extra seasoning grilled and the swordfish was amazing. Swordfish and tuna were the best. Now they have gamey salmon and a selection of tasteless crap fish that taste more like wet paper so we go there no more.

Peggy Lampman

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 : 2:11 p.m.

Really! I never knew much about Outback except for their blooming onions. Who knew? Too bad they switched the menu up. Thanks for the comment! Peggy


Mon, Jun 13, 2011 : 5:55 p.m.

Bad news: Here's the link the EPA's guidelines on eating fish. You'll see number one is &quot;don't eat swordfish&quot;. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Good news: You can substitute nearly any other meat in the recipe, and it'll still be good. Chicken, for instance.