Grilled Swordfish Kebabs with Sake-Orange Glaze

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 20m
  • Rating ****

Serves 6

Grilled with a gingery Asian-fusion style glaze (a kind of teriyaki sauce), meaty swordfish makes a fine feast, indeed. For maximum grilling ease and colorful presentation, the fish is cut into cubes and alternated on skewers with cherry tomatoes. Serve the kebabs over a bed of rice, snow pea and mushroom salad tossed with a sesame dressing, and drink ice-cold Asian beers.


  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed through a press
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon plain (unsalted) rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon oriental sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Three 1 1/4-inch-thick swordfish steaks (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 30 cherry tomatoes


Combine 1/2 cup sake, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic, orange zest, vinegar, sesame oil and red pepper in small, nonreactive saucepan. Bring just to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir remaining 1 tablespoon sake and cornstarch in small bowl to form smooth paste. Reduce heat and whisk cornstarch mixture into soy sauce mixture. Simmer until thick, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and cool.

DO-AHEAD TIP: Can be prepared up to 3 days ahead. Use cold or at room temperature.

Remove skin and dark-colored flesh from swordfish. Cut fish into 30 equal square or rectangular pieces. Divide fish pieces among 6 metal skewers, alternating them with cherry tomatoes, and positioning them so that their flat sides align, for more even cooking.

Meanwhile, prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Position rack about 6 inches above heat source.

Brush sake glaze over one side of fish and tomatoes. Lay skewers sauced side-down on rack. Cover and grill 1 1/2 minutes. Brush kebabs generously with glaze, turn and grill another 1 1/2 minutes. Continue to grill and turn kebabs until glaze is used up, fish pieces are nicely marked by grill on all 4 sides and are just cooked through while remaining juicy, about 6 minutes total.

Slide fish pieces and tomatoes off skewers and onto plates. Serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 6392

nutrition information per serving

232 calories; 5g total fat; 44mg cholesterol; 1314mg sodium; 16g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 23g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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