Tandoori Style Swordfish Tacos

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Author Notes: I was terrified of swordfish when I was a little girl, I'd never really seen one but I was sure that they lived in the East River and could saw through the Midtown Tunnel, so they could poke us with their swords. I had a very active imagination as a child. On a more culinary note I have been obsessed with my NoCal cookbooks, (it happens every summer), I've looked through Jeremiah Towers Cooks and Platter of figs about 50 times...and there's a recipe in Platter of Figs for this wonderful Yellow Dinner...which brought my mind to Indian spiced fish, which then traveled over the half jar of tandoori paste I have in my fridge...and so on. So I've have been mulling over this recipe for a few days, and then much to my dismay they made some thing similar on Next Food Network Star. -pouty face- anyway I love tacos, I love tandoori spices and meaty swordfish is perfect perfect for this! I have two sauces, a fresh yellow tomato/peach "chutney" and a spicy green yogurt. - AliwaksAliwaks

Serves 4

Fresh Yellow Chutney

  • 1 cup peeled, diced, seeded, yellow tomato
  • 1 cup peeled, diced peach
  • 2 T veg oil
  • 3 T cider vinegar
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T tamarind puree or pomegranate molasses
  • 1/4 cup yellow raisins, soaked in hot water to plump.
  • 2 T minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 T black mustard seeds
  • ½ T coriander seeds
  • 1 T cumin, ground
  • 1 , diced jalepeño pepper
  • 3 green cardamom pods, crushed
  1. Place tomatoes & peaches in a non-reactive bowl Salt generously.
  2. Saute ginger, jalapeño, raisins and garlic in 1 T oil till soft.
  3. Whisk in honey, tamarind (or pom. molasses) & vinegar, pour over tomato/peaches
  4. Add 2nd T of oil to pan and add mustard seed, coriander, cumin & cardamom, Saute until mustard seeds POP
  5. Add spices to tomato/peaches Let sit awhile, so the flavors meld, can be done a day ahead

Tandoori Swordfish & Yogurt Sauce

  • 1.5 pounds sword fish steaks
  • 4 T tandoori paste
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 T grated ginger
  • YOGHURT SAUCE
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • ½ cup cilantro, stems & leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 minced, seeded, deviened serrano
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice of 1 lime or lemon
  • salt & pepper
  • ACCOUTREMENTS
  • 1 C seedless (or seeded) cucumber, peeled diced ½ cup sliced radishes ½ cup shredded cabbage ¼ C red onion minced, sliced fresh hot peppers
  • ¼ cup mint leaves lemon wedges
  • 8 flour tortillas 2 T butter or Ghee
  1. Yoghurt Sauce: Blend the cup of yoghurt, cilantro, mint, garlic & serrano together till smooth & green, season to taste with lime/lemon, salt & pepper, if you want more heat, add another serrano or a hottter pepper, if you want less heat, use less pepper or omit entirely
  2. Whisk together Tandoori paste, (1/2 cup) yogurt, grated ginger
  3. Cut fish into large 2 -3” chunks Marinate sword fish an hour or two or up to 1 day
  4. Wipe off excess marinade, give a sprinkle of salt and a grind of pepper
  5. Skewer about 4 chunks per skewer, you should have 8 Skewers, 2 per person Grill on high heat 5 mins on 1 side ..3-4 on the other
  6. Assembly: Grill flour tortillas, the brush with butter Place a few swordfish chunks inside Add a good spoonful of “chutney” Drizzle with yoghurt sauce And sprinkle on cucumbers, red onion, radishes, bit of cabbage & fresh herbs, more hot peppers if that's your thing Add a squeeze of lemon
  7. Would be great with Fresh Melon or Mango Margaritas, maybe some coconut basmati rice or grilled sweet potato wedges brushed with lime juice & garam masala...wine wise I had this really lush juicy Albarino , CANA was the name it was really full of fruit, bursting with fruit actually, on that note a Trebianno would work too.
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about 4 years ago dymnyno

Sounds fantastic and I love your story!!

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about 4 years ago Aliwaks

Thanks guys! Its really yummy, and of course if you have picky eaters around you can sub chicken for swordfish.

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about 4 years ago thirschfeld

I am going to have to buy extra swordfish. Some for my recipe and more for this one.

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about 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

This sounds fantastic.