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Pan Grilled Swordfish – Emperador A la Plancha

– Pan Grilled Swordfish – Emperador A la Plancha –

In Spain we consume loads of seafood, everything from grilled sardines to fried calamari to smoked salmon. In this recipe, we will be making a fish that´s known for its high protein content and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, swordfish. In Spain, most fish dishes are cooked ¨a la plancha¨, which means to cook on a hot surface with little or no oil. Take this recipe for example, we will be pan grilling (a la plancha) the swordfish, which brings out the best possible flavor of the fish and is a much healthier way of cooking. This method of cooking works best when you are using a non-stick pan. Watch our video below on how to easily make pan grilled swordfish the Spanish way, and enjoy the flavors of simplicty at their best. Salud!. 

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Pan Grilled Swordfish - Emperador A la Plancha

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain ona Fork


  • 2 Fillets of Swordfish
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Spanish Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic Minced
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Sea Salt


  1. Using a mortar & pessel, add 1 minced garlic and mash with the pessel until you get a paste
  2. Add a generous pinch of freshly chopped parsley and some sea salt to the garlic and mash all together
  3. Once everything is mashed together, add a generous tablespoon of extra virgin Spanish olive oil to the mortar and mix everything together
  4. Pre-heat a non-stick frying pan with a medium heat
  5. Add a little olive oil on top of each swordfish fillet and rub all over
  6. Once your pan gets very hot, add the swordfish fillets to the pan
  7. After about 3 minutes flip the fish over to cook the uncooked side
  8. After cooking for about 2 more minutes your swordfish fillets should be perfectly cooked
  9. Transfer the fillets to a plate
  10. Add some of the sauce that you made on the mortar on top of each fillet
  11. Garnish the plate with some lemon wedges and fresh parsley
  12. Enjoy!

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