Sicilian-Style Swordfish with Pasta and Capers

Sicilian Swordfish

You have only about 3 more weeks to take advantage of Whole Foods Market’s sustainable swordfish catch.

To inspire you, here’s one of the natural and organic food chain’s deliciously simple recipes, featuring a zesty Italian sauce.

If sustainable swordfish is unavailable in your area, you can substitute a firm white fish like Pacific halibut.

Sicilian-Style Swordfish with Pasta and Capers

Serves 4

8 ounces whole-wheat linguine
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
5 garlic cloves, sliced
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups diced fresh or canned tomatoes, with all juices
2½ tablespoons drained capers
1 pound swordfish, skin removed, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook pasta until al dente, about 9 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until just golden around the edges, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in pepper flakes first, then tomatoes and capers. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Add swordfish and stir into sauce. Cover skillet and simmer, stirring gently once or twice, until chunks of fish are almost opaque in the center, about 4 minutes. Be careful not to overcook.
  5. Drain pasta, transfer to a platter or large bowl, ladle sauce over pasta, and sprinkle with basil.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market

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  • Jackie Ewing  August 27, 2010 at 6:13 am

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