French Fridays with Dorie: Swordfish with Frilly Herb Salad

Swordfish with frilly herb salad on

I know Neil will be sad he missed out on this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe but he’ll be pleased to know it’s so good that I will be making it again – with other fish and perhaps even chicken.  Swordfish with Frilly Herb Salad (p 297) was on the menu and I was pleased that I had three people to share this meal with. It’s hard to buy a swordfish steak for one. I was pleased that Dorie offered the French work for swordfish (espadon) in the recipe header since, not being a big fish eater, I tend to get my fish in French all confused.

Espadon is a mighty and noble name for a fish and, indeed, when you see it in the fishmongers here in Paris, it certainly takes up a lot of room. It’s a BIG fish. See below – on the left at a regular fishmonger and on the right, at the Marché International de Rungis – the largest wholesale food market in the world – where I had the pleasure of spending the morning with Dorie herself yesterday. Quite the eye opening experience (necessary given our 4.45am rendez-vous!) and yes the swordfish do still have their swords attached to their bodies!

Swordfish in a Paris Market and at Rungis on

Fortunately at my local poissonnerie, the swordfish was cut into more manageable steaks (even more so than those on the left up there) and I set to marinating them for a few hours in the fridge. The marinade itself is full of good things – lemon zest, lemon juice, onions, capers, olive oil, piment d’Espelette, salt and rosemary (we actually used thyme cos that’s what we had and it worked well).

The marinade is re-heated while the fish is cooking to make a sauce which is served with the fish. We didn’t do the “frilly herb salad” that is meant to go with this (parsley and fresh herb leaves basically), opting to serve the fish on some mâche with the sauce on top, sprinkled with parsley. We served it with a new-to-me-but-rapidly-becoming-a-favourite red rice and green bean salad from Clotlide Dusoulier‘s new book (watch this space for a review and giveaway soon!) and it was pretty perfect for a hot Paris evening dinner.

Eating Dorie Greenspans swordfish on

Would I make this again? For sure – I loved the marinade and think it will go with a number of other fish as well as chicken. Did I like the swordfish, given I don’t really eat much fish? Actually it was not bad – not so “fishy” and I liked the sturdiness of it that it didn’t all fall apart in the grill pan.


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19 thoughts on “French Fridays with Dorie: Swordfish with Frilly Herb Salad”

  1. It speaks volume that this recipe convinced you to enjoy fish! Must be quite an adventure exploring Rungis. Can’t wait to see more photos from your trip abroad!

  2. This one was a winner for me too! The fish was perfect! Yours looks wonderful! Love the photo of the dinner table!

  3. I’m certain I would have liked this better had I eaten it in France! Thanks for allowing us to join you there 🙂 Love the table shot!!!

  4. Wow! Avec sword?!!!!! Wonderful you were able to go, and with Dorie no less. I’m smiling at the thought of it.

  5. I was sure you weren’t going to eat this one, Mardi, but I’m happy you actually liked it. I enjoyed this too. You’re right, this would work well with chicken too. I loved the herb salad, so try that another time. Cool photo with the swords. I’ve only seen the steaks already prettied up for the store. Bon weekend.

  6. Tricia and I always wanted to see the Rungis market. It’s not too easy unless it is on a tour.
    How nice to be able to make that trip with Dorie, I’m sure it was fun and exciting.

    • Thanks. We did take a guided tour (took a while for me to organise but I persisted and was very glad I did!) – I’ll hopefully be writing about it soon – waiting on permission to post my photos from the Rungis folks.

  7. 4:45am? Are you sure it wasn’t a dream? (It would be one of mine that is for sure! How exciting!) In truth, I think I would have liked this better with the mâche as I’m not such a fan of parlsey salads. But I will make this again and yes, I think the marinade would be good with chicken. I think a paillard fits the bill here.

  8. Well now swordfish IS one I would think you’d enjoy. 😉

    Great dish – we can have in the south next week…six more sleeps!

  9. We didn’t care for the frilly herb salad (it detracted from the flavors of the fish) so you made a good call! Your meal looks fabulous!

  10. You are sooooooooooo lucky to be enjoying a culinary experience in Paris. The oniony sauce on the fish looks delish.


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