Recipe adapted from How to Cook Everything.
Pan-Roasted Swordfish with Gingered Pea Puree
Makes: 4 servings
Time: 30 minutes
Mint and peas are a springtime cliché, and you can go that route here, but I think ginger is a more interesting counterpoint. Pan roasting begins with searing the steaks on the stovetop, then transferring them to the oven.
Other seafood you can use: salmon, tuna, or halibut (steaks or fillets).
2 cups fresh or frozen peas
Salt 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped pancetta, guanciale, or bacon (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper
About 1 1/2 pounds swordfish steaks
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons butter
1. Heat the oven to 500°F. Cook the peas in boiling salted water until tender, just a couple of minutes. Drain them, then plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain well while you cook the fish.
2. Put the olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. If you’re using the pancetta, add it now and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until it has rendered some of its fat. Raise the heat to high and add the fish; sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Cook until browned on one side, 3 to 5 minutes, then turn and transfer to the oven.
3. Mash the peas—you can use a potato masher, an immersion blender (add a tiny bit of cream or water if necessary), or a food processor—along with the ginger. Reheat with the butter, adding some salt and pepper if necessary.
4. When the fish is done—after 5 to 10 minutes of roasting (a thin-bladed knife will meet little resistance when inserted into the center)—transfer it to a plate, along with the pan juices. Spoon a bit of the pea purée onto each of 4 plates and top with a piece of the fish. Serve immediately.
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