Roulade of swordfish Messina

Who goes from Messina can not leave the city without having tried the swordfish chops Messina style, barbecued or grilled. In this brief VIDEO TUTORIAL ON MY VIMEO CHANNEL I'll show you in detail the correct cut of the fish and how to roll up the chops for a perfect result. The swordfish chops, as well as the chops of meat, a second are typical dish of Sicilian cuisine and in particular messinese. In fact in Messina chops are cooked on the grill, and then flooded with the 'sarmorigghiu', the salmoriglio, or a tasty sauce made of extra virgin olive oil, Salt, lemon juice and oregano. Le braciolette, or rolls, Swordfish, also they are often prepared 'a ghiotta'. That is within a sauce made with capers, onions, celery, green olives and tomato, also typical of Messina. Although both the drip is the excessive use of swordfish are shared with the neighbor across Calabria.

The cut swordfish and the filling of chops

Unfortunately, the right cut to prepare the swordfish chops, that part of the abdomen (die) which it is more fat the rest of the fish, It is unknown outside Sicily. Is’ the triangular shape you see in this VIDEO. You just have to find a fish shop where a saint will cut the swordfish into very thin slices, then cut you in half and groped the fate. The filling of swordfish chops is traditional: garlic, breadcrumbs, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, Sicilian Style canestrato, chopped capers, a few pieces of tomato that makes it more moist stuffing (Optional) and a few pieces of caciocavallo (Optional, just for those who love cheese). Is. if you want to try the traditional chops, Mexican meat, watch the VIDEO TUTORIAL and have fun experimenting with this recipe.


Traditionally, swordfish Messina style cutlets are cooked on the grill, but you can safely cook them on the grill after being anointed with a little’ extra virgin olive oil. Alternatively, you can cook in the oven, but in this case I suggest the breaded cutlets with a little’ of the filling that will surely advance. So it will be more protected from the heat, otherwise they will dry too: cooking should be carried out in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 10-12 minutes. If you prefer, You can be breaded swordfish cutlets with a little’ of stuffing also made with grilling.

While we're at, I suggest you also try the pistachio version you see in the picture. Put some’ chopped pistachio inside the filling and add a little’ chopped pistachios to the stuffing that will advance. Grease the swordfish chops with a little’ of extra virgin olive oil and put them in the stuffing Advanced. The perfect outline? Obviously we stay in Sicily: in autumn and winter l’Orange and Fennel Salad, while in the spring and summer’salad Pantelleria. If you enjoy Sicilian cuisine and want to discover other recipes have a look at all my SICILIAN RECIPES, all myRECIPES WITH SWORDFISH to find inspiration and to all my RECIPES WITH BLUE FISH. Have a nice day!

Cutlets FISH SWORD TO MESSINESE (Sicilian recipe)

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  • 350 grams of sliced ​​sword fish
  • 100 grams of caciocavallo
  • 40 grams of grated pecorino canestrato Sicilian Dop
  • fresh parsley, to taste
  • 3-4 tomatoes datterini (Optional)
  • 120 grams of stale bread crumbs
  • extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • a handful of capers, desalinated
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • for the variant pistachio: Pistachio, to taste


Roulade of swordfish Messina

Before preparing the swordfish chops to the Mexican, have a look at this VIDEO TUTORIAL to see live both the fish cut and how they roll up.

We start by filling: mix in a bowl the breadcrumbs, grated pecorino (or mature cheese of your choice) parsley and finely chopped capers, a pinch of salt and pepper- Add to the mixture as much olive oil as necessary to make a soft dough but grainy. Taste and adjust salt if necessary: the amount of salt depends on the type of shredded cheese you used, the cheese is salty Parmesan. If you decided to use the tomatoes, which make the stuffing more humid, peel and remove the seeds and vegetation water, then add them to the stuffing.

Dice the cheese small (you can also use a provolone or provolone, provided that a not too hard cheese and cooked to melt).

Arrange the slices of swordfish on the work surface. Put on each slice a little’ of stuffing and some diced cheese. Fold the long sides of the slices of swordfish inward, then roll the slices on itself from the short side until they form a well-closed bundle as you see in the VIDEO RECIPE. Tuck the roll in a wooden toothpick and do so for all the spring rolls. Grease the swordfish chops Messina style with a little’ extra virgin olive oil.

If you want to also try the swordfish cutlets with pistachio, coarsely chopped a bit’ pistachio and add to stuffing. Proceed to fill the swordfish chops as the recipe. Once the chops skewers completed, ungetele with a little’ extra virgin olive oil and the remaining stuffing impanatele (you can add some more’ pistachio to flavor and color).

To broil chops both simple swordfish and those pistachio, heat the grill on fire after having lightly greased with oil and cook the chops over low heat swordfish. When are golden, turn them over and cook. Swordfish, if overcooked, becomes stringy: a 12 minutes cooking, six on each side, It should be sufficient. Enjoy fish cutlets hot sword, with a salad of oranges and fennel salad as a side dish or a pantesca. Bon appétit!

Roulade of swordfish Messina


If you want to cook the swordfish chops Messina style baked, I suggest the breaded cutlets with a little 'of the filling that will surely advance, so they are more protected from the heat, otherwise they will dry too: cooking should be carried out in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Roulade of swordfish Messina

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Michele December 21st, 2020 at 07:42

Ada Bonjour, i searched through your recipes the swordfish wheel i'd like to cook on christmas day but i didn't find it, you might kindly point me to a recipe?

Ada Parisi December 21st, 2020 at 10:21

Hi Michele, maybe this? https://www.sicilianicreativiincucina.it/pesce-spada-alla-siciliana/
In any case, here you will find all the recipes with swordfish https://www.sicilianicreativiincucina.it/tag/ricette-con-il-pesce-spada/
a warm greeting

Maximum 30 August 2019 at 14:44

Ada Bonjour

I caught a swordfish and cook it I immediately came to mind this recipe.
The friends that I invited him for dinner tomorrow night appreciated the proposal of chops Messina commenting 'is, those with raisins'.
Now I would not let them down and then I thought to add to your recipe raisins and pine nuts.
What do you think ?

Ada Parisi 30 August 2019 at 16:54

Hi Max, Total first envy for having caught a swordfish. Me'll dream tonight. We come to the chops: The swordfish chops Messina have raisins and pine nuts in any way,. The Palermo version of our chops, they do it because they have obviously become famous, It has raisins and pine nuts because they are typical of the cuisine of Palermo. Now, I do not like in the chops because they give a flavor of which dolciaastro swordfish does not need, but for taste. Now I suggest you make them in both versions and let your guest judge. Let me know!

Maximum 10 September 2019 at 10:25

Made with and without raisins and pine nuts. Appreciate both. One flaw is that I have exceeded the amount of stuffing, or maybe I cut the slices too thin, so the flavor of the swordfish was lost a bit compared to the filling.
Next time I will correct the error

Ada Parisi 10 September 2019 at 13:36

Hi Max, I'm happy. You probably cut too thin fish. But as surely draw you do happen to another. ADA

elisabetta corbetta 15 May 2019 at 08:16

Always delicious your recipe
A big kiss

Ada Parisi 15 May 2019 at 15:25

And alway your comment. Thank you Dear


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