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Swordfish alla Siciliana

This piquant sauce is delicious on swordfish but it also works well with other white fish, such as halibut or tuna.


1/3 cup (80 mL) extra-virgin olive oil, divided 4 swordfish fillets, each 6 oz (175 g)
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 anchovy fillets, chopped
¼ cup (60 mL) capers
½ cup (125 mL) canned San Marzano tomatoes and their juices, preferably PDO, crushed
¼ cup (60 mL) black olives, pits removed and chopped or halved
¼ cup (60 mL) coarsely chopped parsley


  1. Heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add fish. Cook until a knife inserted into thickest part of fish and held for 10 seconds comes out warm, 3 to 4 minutes per side for fillets that are 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Remove to a plate and loosely cover.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Heat remaining olive oil. Add garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until golden, about 30 seconds. Add anchovies and capers, then tomatoes. Cook until saucy, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in olives and parsley.
  3. Divide sauce among 4 serving plates. Top with fish. Top with any remaining sauce, if you like. Great served with sauté́ed greens, such as rapini.
Makes 4 servings