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Sicilian baked swordfish

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by Ada Parisi
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Pesce spada al forno alla siciliana

How to prepare Sicilian-style baked swordfish: soft and tasty

Sicilian baked swordfish, Traditional Messina recipe for a tasty and simple second course of fish. This recipe It is also known as Pesce spada alla messinese. Today we return to my beautiful island with a great classic, I have slightly revisited. I was lucky enough to find a good Anzio swordfish in Rome and I took the opportunity to prepare a Yummy recipe, easy and tasty. That enhances the swordfish placing it at the centre of a Pyramid of flavours and textures Different. The Crispy almonds and fried bread, the chlorophyll of parsley, The salt of the capers from the island of Salina and the acidity of the Pachino tomato PGI. If you love swordfish, take a look at all my RECIPES WITH SWORDFISH to find inspiration and of course all my SICILIAN RECIPES.

How to bake soft and juicy baked swordfish

The Baking, is minimal, because swordfish must remain soft. For this, I've revisited the recipe original, which requires the swordfish to be sprinkled with breadcrumbs and oil and then garnished with tomatoes. Cooking, for my taste, extends too if you want to get a soft and juicy swordfish. I, instead, I toast the breadcrumbs in a pan with a little oil and almonds, so it's already crisp. Then I would also add the parsley. Skip the tomatoes, integers, in little Sicilian extra virgin olive oil, so they are already slightly withered and tasty when they enter the oven. I add, to oil, only a few very thin washer tomato and Tropea onion IGP, to give more acidity to the dish.

For cooking of sicilian baked swordfish, Like this, It only takes approximately 10 minutes and Swordfish remains juicy and soft. In short, If you find a good swordfish you should definitely try this recipe, because I'm sure you will enjoy it very much. Wanting to, You can prepare in the same way the tuna, the Atlantic bonito, the amberjack, the cavagnola, the Dolphin fish, even the salmon, i.e. fish in slices firm, being very attentive to cooking times, because they are all fish that tend to dry out with prolonged cooking.

Sicilian recipes with swordfish

I suggest you, concerning swordfish, also try SWORD FISH AT A greedy MESSINESE, the BAIN-MARIE SWORD, typical of Messina. And still, the SWORDFISH ROLLS AMESSINESE STYLE, or the famous chops. Not forgetting extraordinary dishes such as PASTA WITH SWORDFISH, EGGPLANTS AND CHERRY TOMATOES, the SWORDFISH AU GRATIN. In addition to the CAPONATA DI PESCE SPADA, the SICILIAN-STYLE PASTA WITH SWORDFISH and to the BAKED SWORDFISH.

Pesce spada al forno alla siciliana


Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


four slices of 2 cm thick swordfish

tomatoes type Pachino Igp (cherry or plum varieties)

a small onion IGP


a handful of capers of Salina

salt and pepper

extra virgin olive oil

40 grams of Avola almonds into strips

fresh parsley


Prepare the Swordfish Sicilian baked is simple: put a drizzle of oil in a pan, heat over low heat and add the bread crumbs. Toast it until golden brown and, a few seconds before turning off the fire, Add the almond flakes, so that they tone slightly too. Turn off the heat and, After a few minutes, Add the finely chopped parsley, a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir and put the stuffing by.

Wash the tomatoes and discard the stem. Unsasing capers under running water. Set aside some tomatoes. In a pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, skip the other tomatoes, integers, together with the capers. Cook over low heat and covered, until the peel tomatoes have not started to shrink. Add a little salt and set aside.

Cut the remaining tomatoes and onion into thin slices. Grease the tomatoes with a little extra virgin olive oil and add salt.


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, brush with a little olive oil and sprinkle the parchment paper with very little salt.

Place the swordfish slices on the baking tray and add a little salt. Place a little almond filling on each slice, some fresh tomato and onion washer, one or two tomatoes and fried capers. Arrange around the swordfish the rest of tomatoes (sprinkle possibly with the advanced panure), topped with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil .

Preheat oven to 200 degrees static. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Serve immediately your swordfish alla messinese, and Bon Appetit!


MATCHING: We chose the Pietranera 2015, Pantelleria Doc white, produced by Winery Marco De Bartoli. A dry white wine born on the island of Pantelleria from Zibibbo grapes. Cool, Lightweight, with alcohol content of 11,5% vol. Is distinguished by the scents of citrus, capers and Sage. In this match we want to fully exploit the swordfish, cooked in a simple right to preserve its natural flavor. This wine is well suited to both the delicate taste of the meat, both the tomato sauce with capers.

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