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Easy Baked Lemon Swordfish with Garlic Butter Recipe

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Are you looking for a simple yet delicious fish recipe to impress your family and friends? Look no further! This easy baked lemon swordfish with garlic butter recipe is a great option for both novice cooks and experienced chefs. 

With just a few ingredients and minimal effort, you can create a flavorful and tender swordfish dish that will earn you top ratings at the dinner table.

Swordfish steaks are a meaty fish that can withstand high heat and retain their firm texture, making them perfect for baking or grilling. 

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Lemon Juice and Garlic Butter

The addition of lemon juice and garlic butter enhances the natural flavors of the fish, creating a mouthwatering combination that will leave you wanting more. So let’s dive into the cooking process and create this delicious recipe!

To start, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Pat dry the swordfish steaks or fillets using paper towels to remove any excess moisture. 

Season both sides of the fish with kosher salt, black pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint of heat. 

Place the seasoned swordfish on the prepared baking sheet and set aside.

Let’s Make The Garlic Butter

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Next, let’s prepare the garlic butter. In a small bowl, combine softened butter, minced garlic, fresh parsley, grated lemon zest, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Mix well until all the ingredients are incorporated, and the butter becomes a compound butter with a burst of flavors.

Spread the garlic butter generously on top of each swordfish steak, ensuring that it covers the entire surface. This will help to keep the fish moist and infuse it with a rich taste as it bakes. 

Top each steak with a couple of lemon slices. Sprinkle a bit of fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, or parsley.

Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the swordfish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. 

Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fish. Keep a close eye on it to prevent overcooking.

Side Dish Ideas

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While the swordfish is baking, you can prepare some delicious side dishes to complement the flavors of the dish. Tomatoes, green beans or any green vegetable of your choice, sautéed with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt, are a great way to add freshness and color to your meal. 

White beans tossed with lemon-garlic sauce or a light pasta salad can also be excellent choices.

Once the swordfish is golden brown or light brown and cooked to perfection, you can remove it from the oven. Let it rest for a few minutes. This resting time allows the juices to redistribute and ensures a moist and tender result. 

Transfer the swordfish to a serving plate. Garnish with fresh lemon wedges, and sprinkle some chopped green onions on top for an extra burst of flavor.

This easy baked swordfish recipe is also versatile. If you prefer grilling, you can cook the swordfish steaks on a preheated charcoal grill or gas grill.

Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side over medium-high heat. For a quick weeknight dinner, you can even try cooking the swordfish in an air fryer. Cook it for a total time of 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

To store any leftovers, let the swordfish cool completely and place it in an airtight container. It can be refrigerated for up to 2-3 days and enjoyed as a tasty addition to salads or sandwiches.

This easy baked lemon swordfish with garlic butter recipe is a delicious way to enjoy fresh fish fast. The mild taste of swordfish combined with the tanginess of lemon and the richness of garlic butter is a win. 

Give it a try and share your experience with me on social media with the hashtag #RusticUrbanLife. Bon appétit!

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