Whether you’re planning a fancy dinner or some casual Sunday brunch with friends and family, if you’re cooking swordfish steak, no doubt, it will be your meal’s main star. This sweet tasting fish dish can be prepared with our trusty oven. And I love to bake it at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. But, cooking your fish right can be quite tricky as you need to pay attention to the swordfish cooking time. So how long to bake swordfish in oven at 375 degrees? In this post, I would like to give an answer to this question and some quick tips for an oven-baked swordfish.
It takes 18 to 22 minutes to bake swordfish at 375 degrees in the oven. While there are many factors as to how long exactly swordfish takes to bake, 18 to 22 minutes is a good estimate for an oven set to 375 degrees. This being said, you should also preheat your oven for around 10 minutes at the same temperature before placing the swordfish in. You’ll know it’s perfectly done when the meat is white, tender, and flakes off easily when touched with a fork.
375 degrees is the standard and right cooking temperature for swordfish in the oven. Though, if you’re in a hurry and you have to serve a plate right away, it wouldn’t hurt to increase the temperature a little to 400 degrees to make sure your fish is done by 18 minutes. Though, it’s important to take note that high temperatures are more prone to overcooking and may make your fish dry yet pasty, which I’m certain, not many people enjoy. Baking it at a lower temperature like 300 degrees for 30 minutes can be another option too. But, this temperature is usually slow-roasting and takes a longer time to get food on the table. This makes 375 degrees the best and most appropriate temperature for cooking your fish.
The recipe for baking swordfish in the oven is easy as it won’t need much seasoning as well. Swordfish in itself is already an amazing sweet and tasty protein, so all you really need is to rub it with some salt, pepper, lemon juice, garlic powder, and parsley. These ingredients are just the basics, but of course, you can add and personalize your seasoning too. Once you have marinate the swordfish enough, you can just pop it right in the oven and bake it at 375 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes. There’s no need to marinate it for too long since the fish absorbs the seasoning pretty well.
However, not many people opt to bake swordfish because of its complexity to get the cooking right. So, some also enjoy swordfish, grilled or pan-roasted! Thick and dense swordfish steaks or fillets are ideal for this. Grilling swordfish only takes 5 minutes per side and remember to make sure that the fish is around 145 degrees in temp before taking it off the grill. Pan roasting takes 3-4 minutes for the fish to reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit with the high heat from the direct flame.
If you want really quick swordfish fillets, then grilling or pan-roasting would be the perfect option. But, if you want to stick to baking, here are some tips to quicken the process.
Before even starting to bake or cook, make sure that your fish is fully thawed. You can do this by transferring your fish into some resealable zip lock bags and submerging it in water to let the ice melt.
Some may recommend you wash your fish while others may tell you not to do so. Either way, you have to make sure that your fish is dry by patting it with some paper towels. This is going to help with the cooking later on, to allow it to achieve that flaky perfection.
Of course, thinner cuts of fish will naturally be cooking faster and better than thicker ones. Swordfish steaks are usually 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick. But you may also slice it thinner, according to your discernment. But beyond thickness, it’s most important to make sure that all your fish are of even thickness to ensure equal, efficient, and steady baking if you are putting more than 1 swordfish steak into the oven.
If you still want to cook it even faster, go for the broiler in the oven.
To cook swordfish faster, put your swordfish under the broiler. It takes 8 to 11 minutes to broil the swordfish in the oven. Remember to flip the fish at halfway to ensure both sides are cooked evenly. As broiling takes place at above 500 degrees, this high temperature will give you a swordfish with an extra crispy texture.
Swordfish will always be a ‘yes’ at the dining table. And surely, people of all ages would enjoy it if you were to prepare swordfish for their meal. While swordfish is already amazing as it is, you can pair it with side dishes. Vegetables are a great side dish with a fresh taste that can really help to bring out the sweet taste of your swordfish. Not everyone may be a big fan of vegetables, but simple butter-seared greens like beans and some potatoes will pair well with your fish.
Here are just some things that could take your swordfish steak to the next level.
I hope this helped you in finding your way to the swordfish. No matter what you choose to do with the swordfish, as long as you cook it to its flaky perfection, all will go well for your dinner and you’ll be praised for your God-sent cooking skills! Using a swordfish might be tricky at first, but I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it, and you will be your dinner’s main star!
The swordfish should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that this swordfish internal temp should be taken at the thickest part of the fish meat since thicker meat takes longer to cook. If you do not have a meat thermometer, you can tell visually when the fish turn opaque and when you poke a fork at 45 degrees, you can flake the fish flesh easily.
I normally prepare 6 to 8 ounces of swordfish per person. This will be sufficient serving for 1 meal, considering that I always prepare 3 to 4 extra side dishes with it.
Yes, swordfish are good to eat. If you like steak, then you will like swordfish as it has a steak-like and dense meat texture and taste really sweet.
It takes 18 minutes to bake swordfish at 400 degrees in oven. At this temperature, the fish will acquire a crispy texture and tender juicy flesh inside. Use a fork to test whether the flesh is fully cooked. If it flakes easily, it is cooked.
At 350 degrees, swordfish takes 25 minutes to bake in the oven. The temperature produces a swordfish steak with slight brown crispy. But the flesh inside is juicer and sweet.