Easy Lemon-Butter Swordfish



Easy? Check. Fast? Check. Healthy? Pretty much check! This easy lemon-butter swordfish recipe is quick to throw together and only requires one pan. Say hello to your new favorite weeknight savior!

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Swordfish is mild and just a tiny bit sweet with a nice meaty texture so this bright and savory sauce pairs perfectly with it. If you’re feeling really fancy, you can replace the chicken stock with white wine. (I’m cheap!)

I also use Meyer Lemons for this recipe because they are less acidic than regular lemons. You may use whichever lemon you prefer. You can also replace the swordfish with a more cost-effective fish such as tilapia or cod.

How to Make this Easy Lemon-Butter Swordfish:

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high until shimmering and very hot. Add the swordfish and cook for six minutes. Flip and cook an additional six minutes. The swordfish should be at about 135ºF at this point.

Add the butter to the skillet with the swordfish and cook until melted and frothy. Add the chicken stock, lemon juice, herbs, and minced garlic. Reduce heat to medium and cook until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes. Once the fish reaches 145ºF, turn off the heat.

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Easy Lemon-Butter Swordfish

Easy? Check. Fast? Check. Healthy? Pretty much check! This easy lemon-butter swordfish recipe is quick to throw together and only requires one pan.
4.19 from 16 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 446kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 pound swordfish You can buy two 8-ounce filets or one 16-ounce filet
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock or dry white wine
  • Leaves of fresh mixed herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, or sage) minced
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 Meyer lemon one half juiced, one half sliced into rounds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Prepare Swordfish:

  • Pat the swordfish dry and season with salt and pepper.

Sear Swordfish:

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high until shimmering and very hot. Add the swordfish and cook for six minutes. Flip and cook an additional six minutes. The swordfish should be at about 135ºF at this point.

Prepare Lemon-Butter Sauce:

  • Add the butter to the skillet with the swordfish and cook until melted and frothy. Add the chicken stock, lemon juice, herbs, and minced garlic. Reduce heat to medium and cook until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes. Once the fish reaches 145ºF, turn off the heat.

To Serve:

  • Add the fish to a serving plate and spoon the sauce over top. Garnish with two slices of lemon. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 165mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 973mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 447IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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