Almost everyone is too busy to cook these days, which is why recipes like the blackened swordfish steak is almost perfect because it only takes a few minutes to cook, and you will only need some simple ingredients that you may already have in your cupboard. You may be thinking that this recipe may be too much for you to handle, but I assure you that if you know how to fry an egg, then you can cook this simple swordfish recipe.


Preparing The Dry Spice Rub For The Blackened Swordfish

“Blackened” does not really mean that you need to burn the swordfish until it is charred, you only need to toast the spices coated on one side of the fish. And to make the spice rub, you only need to combine a couple of simple herbs and spices. In a mortar and pestle, or a spice grinder if you have one, combine a teaspoon and a half or dried thyme, oregano, and black peppercorns, a teaspoon of paprika, and half teaspoon of salt. Grind them all together for a couple of seconds and you have your basic blackening spice rub.


Another Variation For The Spice Rub

If you have an extensive spice rack at home, you can add more dimension to the blackening spice rub by adding some more spices and herbs into the mix. To add a deeper, Cajun flavor to your blackening spice mix, instead of using just black peppercorns, use a mixture of black, white, and red ones, add a teaspoon of dried basil, marjoram, bay leaves, and garlic and onion powder. Besides swordfish, you can use this flavorful spice mix on chicken and pork chops as well.


Cooking Blackened Swordfish

Once you have your spice rub ready, pat the swordfish dry and brush both sides with extra virgin olive oil. Apply a generous amount of the dry rub on one side of the swordfish, and when I say generous, I mean you completely cover the fish with the dry rub. After applying the spices on the swordfish, place a cast iron pan on the stove and turn it on high. Let the pan get extremely hot then plop the fish spiced-side down; a warning though, this will cause a lot of smoke so you better turn off the smoke detectors if you do not want the fire department to come and break down your door. Let the swordfish cook until you see the edges start to turn pink, when it does flip the fish over and let the other side cook for around three minutes. You can serve the swordfish on a bed of mixed veggies sautéed in butter, or on some steamed rice.


In Closing…

Blackened SwordfishIf you do not have enough time, or if you are already too tired from work to spend an hour and a half to cook a proper dinner, then this recipe will work for you. From preparation of the ingredients to cooking the fish, the entire process will only take 15 to 20 minutes; this hassle-free recipe for blackened swordfish will certainly put a smile on your family’s faces.