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Grilled Swordfish with Tomato-and-Cucumber Salsa

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Cooking fish on an outdoor grill is one of the joys of summer. Firm swordfish steaks are particularly well suited to this method, and here we've topped them with a seasonal salsa of cucumber, dill, and grilled tomatoes. The dish can also be made in the broiler.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds plum tomatoes (about 6), halved crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice or wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 4 swordfish steaks, about 1 inch thick (about 2 pounds in all)

How to Make It

  1. Light the grill or heat the broiler. Coat the tomato halves with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Grill the tomatoes cut-side up (or broil them cut-side down), until the skins start to blacken, about 10 minutes. Slip off the skins and put the tomatoes in a medium glass or stainless-steel bowl. Add the cucumber, lemon juice, dill, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Stir to break up the tomatoes and to combine the ingredients.

  2. Coat the swordfish with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Grill or broil the fish for 4 minutes. Turn and cook until golden brown and just done, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Serve with the salsa.

  3. Fish Alternatives: Halibut, marlin, and salmon steaks are also delicious grilled, and any of these would go well with the salsa.

  4. Variations: Use 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil in place of the dill. A tablespoon of fresh mint is another tasty alternative.

  5. Wine Recommendation: A light white wine with plenty of refreshing acidity is perfect with both the fish and the fresh vegetables. Try a Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine from the Loire Valley in France.

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