Swordfish With Asparagus & Little Beans

July 18, 2022
6 Ratings
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Friendly reminder: Don't overthink it. —Ali Slagle

Test Kitchen Notes

Recipe reprinted with permission from I Dream of Dinner (So You Don't Have To) (‎Penguin Random House, February 2022). —The Editors

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Swordfish With Asparagus & Little Beans
  • 1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds (1-inch thick) swordfish steaks (or mahi-mahi)
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans little white beans (like navy or Great Northern)
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup soft herbs (like mint, dill, basil, parsley, or a combination)
  1. Pour 1/2 cup olive oil into a liquid measuring cup. Zest and juice lemons into the cup (about 6 tablespoons juice). Add red pepper flakes and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Cut off and discard the skin from the swordfish steaks (or mahi-mahi). Pat dry, then cut into 1-inch pieces. Toss with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain and rinse little white beans. Trim and thinly slice asparagus and garlic. Pluck the herbs.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the beans, asparagus, garlic, and 1/4 cup water. Season with salt and pepper and cook until beans are warm and asparagus is crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and mix in a couple tablespoons of lemon dressing. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat another 2 tablespoons olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add fish and cook, stirring from time to time, until the fish flakes easily (5 to 7 minutes). Add herbs and fish to the beans and stir once. Season with salt and pepper and the lemon dressing. This dish is good warm or at room temperature.

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2 Reviews

Nancy March 24, 2023
This was delicious. Did add a bit of honey to dressing and used both parsley and basil. Cooking times were spot on. Will definitely make again.
[email protected] July 24, 2022
This was so yummy and came together very easily! Enjoy!