Author Notes: This is an adaptation of a Nigerian peanut marinade, which is commonly spread over meat, skewered and then cooked over hot coals/firewood. We call it suya and it is popular streetfood - the kind of thing Nigerians in diaspora miss when they're away from home! - Kitchen Butterfly —Kitchen Butterfly
Food52 Review: Swordfish's meaty taste and texture take to grilling beautifully. Kitchen Butterfly's peanut marinade enhances the partnership, cloaking each strip of fish in a spicy, tangy, mildly sweet sauce that caramelizes gently on the grill, lending a mild smokiness. Using homemade peanut butter is a nice touch, and a spritz of fresh lime juice before eating is a must. - A&M —The Editors
400g swordfish steak, cut into 8 long thick strips
Portion of peanut butter, recipe below
1 teaspoon chili pepper
1teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 -2 tablespoons lime juice
Thinly sliced red onions, tomatoes, lime halves and coriander leaves, to serve
1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts, skinned
1/4 – 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Pinch of salt
- Make the peanut paste by combining peanut butter, paprika, chili pepper, salt, ground ginger and lime juice.
- Stir well and taste. Adjust spices as necessary
- Place fish strips in a large bowl and pour peanut sauce over it, then using your hands, mix well ensuring the pieces are coated with the sauce.
- Leave to marinate for a few hours or overnight.
- When ready to cook, prepare the bbq and let the coals heat up till fiery red.
- Then pass (soaked wooden) skewers through each piece of swordfish, and place on an oiled rack. Let cook for 5-6 minutes on one side, then flip over and let the other side cook for 2-3 minutes. If not ready, remove to part of grill where heat is indirect and let cook till ready.
- Serve with thinly sliced red onions, sliced cherry tomatoes, lime halves and coriander leaves
- In a blender or food processor, grind the peanuts till they are crushed. The ground nuts will stick to the sides of the mixing container, so using a spatula, loosen bits from the bottom and round the sides.
- Then add oil, drizzling in along with a pinch of salt, blending till you get a 'thick cream' consistency.
- Use as directed above.