Friday, July 8, 2011

Blackened Swordfish with Tarragon Yogurt Sauce

Blackened Swordfish with Tarragon Yogurt Sauce

If the recent heat wave means anything, we're already deep into the heart of summer. In Des Moines last week, the temperatures topped out at around 100 degrees. Same in Denver when we flew through the airport. And back in LA, it wasn't much better. Upper 90's for days. Today it has finally cooled down. A bit.

The net result is that I've been firing up my grill a lot. Not only do I love the flavor, but it doesn't heat up my house (which is NOT air conditioned). It also makes me feel like summer is here. Standing in my carport, glass of wine in one hand, grill tongs in the other, the Adorable Monster scratching desperately at the front door, begging to be let out so that he can be in closer proximity to grilled meat smells.

The other night, I came up with a delicious grilled swordfish recipe. First, I rubbed it with Cajun seasoning for some spicy kick, and then grilled it up.

I topped the blackened fish with a Tarragon Yogurt Sauce, which adds a cooling element that counteracts the spicy rub

I did have one minor almost-disaster.

When I snuck outside to throw veggies on the grill first, the Adorable Monster pulled a raw piece of swordfish off a plate and try to chow it down. Luckily, Kuzak caught him in the act and rescued our dinner. Whew! He really is a little monster sometimes!

Disaster averted, we had a lovely summer dinner. And the poor Adorable Monster got to lick absolutely not plates afterward...

Blackened Swordfish with Tarragon Yogurt Sauce
Serves 4 people
Cooking time: about 15 minutes
Print Recipe

  • 4 swordfish fillets (about 4-6 ounces each)
  • 4 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon, stems removed (or cilantro would be great)
  • salt

  1. Preheat the grill.
  2. Wash the swordfish fillets with cold water and pat dry. Rub with the Cajun seasoning, dividing it evenly between the fillets and coating them well.
  3. Quickly, grill the swordfish, flipping once until cooked through (a few minutes on each side depending on thickness). Remove and allow to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.
  4. Meanwhile, make the Tarragon Yogurt Sauce by placing the yogurt, tarragon, a pinch of salt, and lemon juice into a food processor or blender. Process the mixture until smooth. Check seasoning and adjust if needed.
  5. To serve, place a piece of swordfish on a plate and top with a generous amount of the Tarragon Yogurt Sauce. Enjoy!

Source for Ingredients
  • wild caught swordfish, Cajun seasoning, organic lemons, and organic tarragon from Whole Foods
  • organic nonfat Greek yogurt from Trader Joe's


  1. There needs to be more gluten free recipes. Thanks for your efforts.

  2. Of course! I love making gluten free recipes, and most of the stuff on this blog is gluten free.


  3. Hi Jennifer! That tarragon yogurt sauce sounds amazing. Must try this recipe :) How have you been ?

  4. This recipe sounds brilliant! Love tarragon... ;) Gave you a shout out on "The Daily Dish" today! You should definitely consider entering our grilled fish contest this week!

  5. Marla, so lovely to hear from you!! I've been great--busy with a thousand projects. But who can complain about that?

    And Kristina, thanks so much for the mention! I also love this recipe, and it's easy to make, too. I'll check out your contest. Hope you're well!


  6. This looks amaaaaaazing. Can you bring it to Loeb & Loeb? Thanks!

  7. Ha, maybe Will can tote in some leftovers. Or you'll just have to come over to the house. :)

  8. This Tarragon Yogurt Sauce looks delicious. It will surely add grateful taste to the swordfish. I will make this kind of recipe on my party this weekend. Thanks for providing the recipe. It's surely a big help.