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  • 1 lime leaf
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 5 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 4 swordfish steaks(8 oz each)
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, sliced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin strips
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • Salt and ground black pepper


  • Bruise the lime leaf by crushing slightly to release the flavor.
  • 2. To make the marinade, process the salt, brown sugar and lime leaf in a food processor or blender until thoroughly blended.
  • 3. Place the swordfish steaks in a bowl. Sprinkle the marinade over them and add the lemongrass and ginger. Set aside in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours to marinate.
  • 4. Rinse off the marinade and and pat the fish dry with paper towels.
  • 5. Peel the lime. Cut the peel into very thin strips. Squeeze the juice from the fruit.
  • 6. Heat a wok, then add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the lime rind and then the swordfish steaks. Stir fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the lime juice. Remove the wok from the heat. Slice the avocado and add to the fish. Season to taste and serve


This recipe comes from The Ultimate Chinese & Asian Cookbook. A special friend gave me this cookbook and I absolutely love it and use it often. Swordfish is a firm-textured, meaty fish that cooks well in a wok if it has been marinated as steaks rather than cut strips. Tuna is a good substitute for swordfish if you can not find swordfish at your local grocery.

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