Southern Italian swordfish steak recipe

Southern Italian swordfish steak recipe

Here is the Southern Italian swordfish steak recipe with tomato, capers, and olives.

Today I want to share with you what in my opinion, it is one of the best fish dishes of Italian cuisine: Southern Italian swordfish steak recipe

This is a fish recipe with a typically Mediterranean flavor, light, tasty, easy and quick to prepare. Ideal for those people who do not have too much time and do not want to give up a tasty fish dish.

Swordfish with tomatoes, capers, and olives is a traditional fish dish of the Calabrian and Sicilian cuisine.

In fact, swordfish lends itself well to prepare simple recipes and the execution of elaborate dishes.

Thanks to the particularly tender and compact consistency of the meat, it can be cooked: in so many ways: in a pan, in the oven, fried, grilled.

Swordfish can also be eaten as carpaccio (in this case marinate it with lemon juice for at least 2-3 hours) or used as an ingredient for tasty pasta dishes.

In short, this fish product is ideal for making appetizers, tasty first and second courses of the gastronomic tradition of Southern Italy.


How to choose swordfish.


To est way to buy fresh swordfish steaks, is contact your trusted fishmonger.

Unfortunately, swordfish is an endangered species. Catches have fallen by about 20% in the past 20 years, so many fish traders sell mako shark meat for swordfish for the similar shape of the steaks.

But if you look at the meat, you notice that shark meat has a darker color than swordfish. There are no concentric muscle fibers and the red muscle, instead of having a V shape, looks like a black spot. At the center of the slice there will not be a bone – as for swordfish – but of cartilage tissue.

differences between swordfish and mako shark


Besides looking at the meat, also look at the price. Shark meat costs much less than swordfish.

If you don’t find fresh swordfish or the price is too expensive, you can also use halibut or monkfish. It will not be the original Italian recipe, but you will get a tasty fish course.


How to prepare Southern Italian swordfish steak recipe.


As mentioned above, to prepare this simple and delicious recipe we need fresh swordfish steaks, cherry tomatoes, capers, olives, garlic, and parsley. If you prefer a spicy taste, you can also add some chili flakes.

It takes a little time to cook swordfish to perfection, please do not let it cook too much otherwise you risk drying it out and making it stringy. Below, you will find the detailed recipe explained step by step. Follow it and you will get one of the tastiest swordfish recipes.


What are the side dishes to serve Swordfish with tomatoes, capers, and olives?


According to the Italian tradition, in Calabria, we serve this recipe with sauteed green beans with garlic and butter. While in Sicily we often serve the swordfish with the classic Eggplant Caponata. However, you can also prepare other side dishes such as steamed potatoes, spinach … The choice is yours.


Which wine to pair Southern Italian swordfish steak recipe?


With this recipe, you will not want to drink water, beer, or other carbonated drinks. It would be shameful!

With this tasty fish dish, I recommend pairing a good fresh and aromatic white wine like an Italian Pinot Grigio that you can buy it on




In this article, I tried to explain how to make an easy but tasty fish recipe, following the true traditions of Italian cuisine. Now it’s up to you to amaze your family or your friends with this South Italy swordfish recipe.

Swordfish steak with cherry tomatoes, capers, and olives.

A traditional fish recipe from southern Italy. Swordfish steaks cooked in a pan with cherry tomatoes, olives, and capers. An explosion of Mediterranean flavors.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Southern Italy style Swordfish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 180kcal
Author Authentic Italian Cuisine


  • 600 gr. Fresh Swordfish steaks
  • 20 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 90 gr. Pitted Black Olives
  • 30 gr. Capers
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Freshly chopped Parsley
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Dry Chili Flakes ( Optional )
  • Salt


  • Wash the cherry tomatoes and rinse well the capers.
  • Cut the tomatoes in half.
  • Place a non-stick large skillet with Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the stove to heat.
  • Put the two cloves of garlic in the skillet and brown them.
  • When the garlic starts to darken, remove it from the skillet and discard it.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes and cook over medium heat on both sides for 2 minutes salting them lightly.
  • Add capers, olives, and chili flakes ( if you use it ).
  • Stir by shaking the pan, do not use a spoon.
  • Place the ingredients in the skillet all sideways, so as to leave space for swordfish.
  • Lightly brown the swordfish steaks on both sides.
  • Lower the heat, sprinkle some fresh chopped parsley and cover with a lid.
  • Simmer the swordfish for 3 minutes per side
  • Turn off the heat and serve the swordfish steaks using the cherry tomatoes and olives as a garnish, drizzle with a few spoonfuls of sauce.



Do not overcook swordfish otherwise, it will become dry and stringy.



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