Swordfish Tacos

Serves: 3-4

Swordfish Tacos
Swordfish Tacos Swordfish Tacos

When the fishmonger has beautiful swordfish steaks I can’t resist making these tacos. You could make them with any firm-fleshed fish but adjust the cooking time by a minute if the cubes aren’t as thick as swordfish steaks. The accompaniments are a suggestion but I urge you to try the Tomatillo Salsa-the Gran Luchito brand is especially good.


  • Spice mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning or Cajun Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 700g swordfish steaks, trimmed and cut into 2cm cubes
  • Avocado salsa
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and stoned
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • To finish
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander or flat-leaf parsley
  • To serve
  • Tomatillo salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Tortillas
Swordfish Tacos


  1. For the spice mix, put the cumin, paprika, Old Bay Seasoning and fennel seeds in a large shallow bowl and mix well. Add the swordfish cubes and toss them in the spice mix. Set aside. For the avocado salsa, scrape the avocado flesh into a bowl and squeeze over the lime juice. Season well with salt and ground black pepper and roughly mash. Spoon into a bowl and cover while you prepare and cook the rest of the food.
  2. Heat two tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan and add the onion and peppers. Cook over a low to moderate heat for about 20-25 minutes until the vegetables are soft and slightly coloured. Add the garlic and cook for a further five minutes. Tip into a serving dish and keep warm in a low oven (150°c, mark 3).
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the frying pan and add the swordfish. Fry over a high heat for about 4-5 minutes until the cubes are almost cooked through. Add to the onion and peppers and mix well. Sprinkle with the coriander or parsley and serve right away with the accompaniments.
Swordfish Tacos