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Swordfish with Potatoes, Tomatoes and Capers

4 Servings

35 minutes

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The southern Italian dish called pesce spada alla ghiotta pairs meaty swordfish with a rustic tomato sauce. To make a our version a complete one-pan meal, we add Yukon Gold potatoes. The swordfish steaks are browned in olive oil and finish cooking, along with the potatoes, in a garlicky tomato sauce. Capers and basil infuse the dish with bold Mediterranean flavors.




Don’t let the tomato mixture reach a boil once the fish is returned to the skillet. Low, gentle heat will cook the fish through but keep it moist and tender.

35 minutes


  • 4

    6-ounce swordfish steaks, patted dry

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


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Patricia N.
March 3, 2024
This was one of my first Milk Street recipes, and it was fantastic! Easy to prepare and always love one pan dishes. My sister who doesn’t really cook bought the cookbook too and this has become a regular dish for her. I’ve made it w mahi mahi and halibut, prefer with mahi mahi.
Anita B.
June 13, 2022
I am always looking for healthy, easy recipes and this fulfilled all my expectations! Will definitely make again. Would be good with cod as well.
Diana L.
March 14, 2023
It was not good
The sauce is not for the fish but for pasta or something else. It did not go together at all. The sauce was good, but the fish had no flavor. I would not make this again. The fish was expensive too.
Russell B.
January 7, 2023
Wonderful & Not Too Difficult!
This is a really, really great recipe! I've made this several times--not only is it a one-pot, but the flavors are just fantastic. I always worry b/c swordfish is so expensive--I don't want to do anything which would ruin it, so I'm careful about recipes for swordfish, but this is my favorite!
Angela A.

I liked this dish! I used cod instead, because I already had it in the freezer.

Jennifer L.

Made it as written with swordfish -- a couple weeks later, I did it with wild shrimp. Both were delicious!

Sharon S.

Worst dish I've prepared from Milk Street. Followed the recipe exactly. Ended up making a turkey sandwich for dinner. I love 85% of your recipes but this one was a huge disappointment in many ways.

Sandra S.

Some review! What didn't you like about it?????