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Author Notes: I love this combination - the mayonnaise base makes the swordfish moist and slightly tangy. I think dill is great with fish and garlic is great with everything, so there's no going wrong. I don't have access to a grill, but if I did I would have used it. This deficiency did force me to get over my fear of my broiler (I live in a tiny apartment with no ventilation) and it was great, but I recommend a grill if you have one.
I eyeballed the lemon and dill, so add a little at first and then season according to taste. I don't have a mortar and pestle, so I chopped them finely and then sort of smashed them with a spoon, but I would use a mortar and pestle for the aioli if you have one and it's big enough. I have leftover aioli from this dish - this will obviously depend on the size of your swordfish steak, but it will be great for sandwiches. —LucyS
Serves 2-6, depending on the size of your swordfish steak
cup olive oil
cup peanut or other neutral oil
tablespoons fresh lemon juice
cups finely chopped fresh dill
swordfish steak (size depending on how many people you are feeding)
- Make the aioli: finely chop the dill and garlic, and crush in a mortar and pestle, or with a spoon. Mix with the egg yolk and lemon juice. Whisking constantly, or stirring constantly in the mortar and pestle, add the oils a drop at a time. You can add them in a thin stream once the aioli begins to thicken. When you have added all the olive oil, taste and add more dill, lemon, or garlic, and salt to taste.
- If you have a grill, skip to step 4. If you are using a broiler, you may need to preheat your oven first depending on the method of broiling. My broiler is below my oven and they can't be on at the same time, so I preheated the oven before broiling. In any case, your oven should be at about 350 before you begin broiling. Line a pan with tinfoil and place the swordfish in it.
- Coat the top and sides of the swordfish with aioli, like you are frosting a cake (though it doesn't have to be as thick). Broil, aioli side up, for a minute or two until the aioli is scorched and bubbling. Remove from broiler, flip, and coat the other side with aioli. Broil for another few minutes and then transfer to 350 oven for 5-10 minutes, or until cooked through. Serve any extra aioli sauce from the pan with the fish.
- If you are grilling, coat the swordfish with aioli as described above and grill, turning after a few minutes. You may need to baste with the aioli while it grills and before you turn it. Continue until cooked through, about 5-10 minutes depending on your grill.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Use of Aioli