ffwd: mediterranean swordfish with frilly herb salad AND whole-cherry clafouti

Swordfish with Frilly Salad

This week’s recipe for French Fridays with Dorie is Mediterranean Swordfish with Frilly Herb Salad. I do love fish, any kind of fish. Normally, fish at my house is grilled in the warm months and broiled in the cooler ones.

A fishmonger is one of the vendors at our weekly farmers’ market. They had swordfish on offer, fresh from the pier that morning. In addition, a large bunch of parsley and some dill were part of my weekly CSA share at another farm. Those fresh herbs plus a few perennial herbs (thyme, oregano, savory, lemon balm) from my backyard garden rounded out what I needed to make this meal.

The fish briefly sits in a lemony-capery marinade that reminded me of the sauce for chicken piccata (though I forgot to add the onion). While it soaks up the flavors for an hour, you can use some of that time to clean and destem the herbs for the accompanying salad garnish. I loved that the salad used whole leaves of the parsley and other herbs making this step quite simple.


This recipe gave a grilling option, but I am not the family griller. I was in a hurry the night I prepared this dish so I following the instructions in the recipe and pan-seared the fish instead. What a pleasant surprise! This was practically fast food. The swordfish cooked quickly and to perfection after just 5 minutes in the pan. The steaks had a lovely browned crust, and the tangy sauce (the marinade heated up) was delicious.

Just before serving, the herbs are tossed with a little olive oil and lemon juice. The fish is topped with sauce, and then the herb salad, which makes an impressive plating. I made a fava bean salad to fill out the plate. More on that later this weekend.

As with so many recipes in this book, I will make this one again, both as a whole and just its individual components. This new (to me) way of making fish will come in handy on a harried evening and in the winter when the grill is not an option. The herb salad is something easy made from things I always have around, especially with an herb garden just outside the kitchen door. I look forward to experimenting with different combinations.

I was AWOL last week. Endless exhausting heat and (not exhausting or endless) weekend visitors proved too much of a distraction to get it together to either shop for the ingredients for this summery dessert or, having skipped it, reading my colleagues posts. I made a third of the recipe and enjoyed two mini-clafoutis (or would that be clafoutettes) myself yesterday. I plan to catch up on posts when I check out everyone’s swordfish this weekend.

Mini Cherry Clafouti

We don’t post the recipes, but you can find it in Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table. To see what other Doristas thought of this recipe, check out their posts here.

Happy Friday!


Posted on 19 July 2013, in Farmers Market, French Fridays with Dorie, Summer CSA and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Glad you’re back, Betsy! You aced both of these!

  2. Helyn Benjamin

    Hi. Looks good. Hope you are keeping cool. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Had fun with phyliss. Love xxxxx

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Nice meal here :) And yes, I will be making this again myself – both as a whole and with the individual components too! Happy weekend!

  4. I liked this fish too – it was a new to me fish. Your clafoutis looks delish – it was worth catching up on.

  5. Yes, this heat has been insane. We hit near 100 here yesterday too. I am hoping the storms last night help cool things off a little today – since we have my daughter’s graduation party this afternoon.

    We really liked the marinade as well – very reminiscent of chicken piccata. (P.S. it’s always grill season – we’ve been known to grill in February :-) )

  6. Betsy, of course, I love the fresh ingredients that you used for this week´s recipe – the fish must have tasted wonderfully fresh and the herb salad (with lots of herbs from your own garden ) sounds amazing! My kind of cooking!
    I decided to skip this Friday since it was the last day of school yesterday and we wanted to take the kids on a lovely afternoon trip to amazing Cologne and I just felt like blogging about that instead…
    Have a wonderful weekend filled with fun and delicious summer treats!

  7. I also loved the quick preparation of this recipe, and the taste too. Your looks delicious!

  8. My husband called this ‘fish piccatta’ ! lol. I’m jealous of the Doristas that had access to such incredibly fresh fish for this!

  9. Helyn Benjamin

    Hi. Looking forward to seeing you next week. Could you share the farro salad you made a few weeks ago. ? I would like to make it for a luncheon here in a few weeks. Thanks. Xxxxxx

    Sent from my iPad

  10. Your swordfish looks delicious! Love that you were able to purchase it at a farmers market! Now that’s fresh! The heat has been such a distraction to me, too….crazy weather! Your mini cherry clafoutis looks delectable! Glad you got them made, they were so yummy!

  11. This is an easy one and so very delicious! Your photos are quite nice! We loved the fish and the clafoutis. I have some blackberries I’m thinking of using for another clafoutis. I’ve made chicken breasts the exact same way as the swordfish and they were perfect! The heat is intense in Oklahoma too! I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets distracted by company! Have a great week Betsy!

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