Grilled Swordfish With Corn Salad
Swordfish is one of the easiest fish to grill. Because it’s firm and thick, it can be cooked over hot coals for a while to pick up their smoky flavor, and it doesn’t fall apart when flipped. Serve with anything you’d eat with a steak or pork chop, like a bright and crunchy corn salad. Here, raw corn is mixed with long pieces of chives and cilantro in a move inspired by lao hu cai, or tiger salad, a Dongbei salad of cilantro and scallions, and buchu muchim, or Korean chive salad. When the salad is piled onto the fish, the rice vinegar and sesame oil dressing seasons the fish, and the corn and herbs soften slightly from the heat. The result is all at once fragrant, crunchy, juicy and satisfying.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 4(6-ounce) swordfish steaks, 1- to 1 1/2-inches thick
- 6tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
- Neutral oil, such as grapeseed
- 1 ½teaspoons toasted sesame oil, plus more for serving
- 2ears of corn, kernels cut from cobs (about 2 cups kernels)
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1ounce chives, cut into 1-inch lengths (about 1 slightly heaping cup)
- 1small bunch cilantro (about 2 1/2 ounces), leaves and stems cut into 1-inch lengths
- Flaky salt, for serving
Step 1Prepare a charcoal grill for two-zone cooking over medium-high heat by pouring the coals onto one half of the grill. For a gas grill, heat all the burners to high, then turn off one of the end burners before cooking. (See Tip.)
Step 2While the grill’s heating, pat the fish dry and make the salad: In a medium bowl, combine the rice vinegar, 3 tablespoons neutral oil, sesame oil and corn. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chives and cilantro on top (don’t stir them in), and season with salt and pepper.
Step 3When you’re ready to grill, pat the fish dry again, then drizzle with 1 teaspoon salt and lightly coat with oil. Take the fish, salad, a tightly folded paper towel soaked with oil, tongs, a fish spatula and a serving platter to the grill. Clean the grates with a grill brush, then oil the grates with the paper towel. Grill the fish until well browned on one side and it releases easily from the grates, 4 to 6 minutes. Flip with a fish spatula and cook until it registers 130 degrees, 2 to 4 minutes. (For a gas grill, close the lid between flips, listening and keeping an eye out for flare-ups.)
Step 4Transfer to the platter. Toss the salad to combine, then top the fish right away with the salad, spooning extra dressing over the fish. Let rest for 5 minutes before eating. Season to taste with flaky salt, pepper and sesame oil.