Grilled Swordfish with Coconut Curry Sauce

July 14, 2010
4 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

I first had coconut curry sauce with grouper in a restaurant in South Beach, and fell in love. I came home and worked until I'd recreated the sauce, which is now my go-to sauce for grilled or broiled seafood. I like to serve this wtih roasted or grilled broccoli and a Jasmine rice with lots of Thai basil and green onions in it. - Kayb —Kayb

Test Kitchen Notes

Kayb set out to re-create a dish that she enjoyed in a restaurant, and although I don't know how this compares to what she tasted, I do know that this is perfectly delicious. She has finely tuned the proportions of the key flavoring ingredients, which are all rather bold, to create a balanced sauce that does not overwhelm the fish. To my mind, this is even tastier than the red curries at the best Thai restaurants I’ve eaten at. I’m so looking forward to making this again with similar kinds of fish, as well as with seafood, tofu and chicken. - Antonia James —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 2 pounds swordfish steak
  • 4 tablespoons neutral flavored oil, like canola, divided
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 limes, juiced, divided
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (white and light green parts)
  • 2-4 teaspoons Thai red curry paste, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 medium ripe tomato, peeled, chopped
  • 1 can coconut milk
  1. Brush swordfish with 3 tbs oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill 7 minutes on a side over medium hot fire. Remove to platter and squeeze juice of one lime over fish. Tent with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  2. While steaks are grilling, saute green onions and ginger in oil. Add chicken stock and boil until reduced to a glaze, about 1-2 minutes. Add curry paste and juice of remaining lime, and saute until fragrant. Add tomato and cook until tomato pieces begin to break down. Add coconut milk and simmer about 10 minutes. Serve over fish.
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I'm a business professional who learned to cook early on, and have expanded my tastes and my skills as I've traveled and been exposed to new cuisines and new dishes. I love fresh vegetables, any kind of protein on the grill, and breakfasts that involve fried eggs with runny yolks. My recipes tend toward the simple and the Southern, with bits of Asia or the Mediterranean or Mexico thrown in here and there. And a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a float in the lake, as pictured, is a pretty fine lunch!

3 Reviews

Forrest N. December 20, 2015
Wow, the sauce was excellent and simple to prepare.
Laurie August 13, 2013
is the fish grilled on just one side, or 7 minutes on each side?
Kayb July 29, 2010
Thanks so much for the great review -- so glad you enjoyed! This is really a versatile, and easy, curry sauce for fish.