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When spring and summer arrive I am ready to embrace summer cooking!  Fresh and flavorful fruits and veggies, with all their wonderfully complex flavors!

This mango avocado salsa is so easy to make and tastes like summer, paired with the blackened swordfish, you can’t go wrong!  Do you like blackened fish?  My husband and I love it.  My Blackened Salmon was a hit with the kids so I thought I would give swordfish a try, 3 of the 4 were in heaven.  After having this meal my oldest keeps telling everyone he is having blackened swordfish for his birthday dinner (which is 6 months away!)  I guess he liked it!

When blackening make sure the side you are cooking gets all the way seared and releases from the pan before you try and flip it.  When this happens it is sign that the fish is ready to be flipped.  Also, blackening time varies depending on the thickness of the fish.  I used fish that was about an inch thick in this recipe, so adjust accordingly depending on what you are using.

  • Mango Avocado Salsa

  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • 2 Tbs. fresh chives
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Blackened Swordfish

  • 2 Tbs. paprika
  • 1/2 Tbs. cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3-4 Tbs. coconut oil or butter
  • 4-6 swordfish fillets

Blackened Swordfish with Mango Avocado Salsa

To make the salsa:  In a medium bowl stir together the mango, red onion, chives, avocado, roasted red pepper, cilantro, and lime juice.  Gently combine and add salt and pepper as needed.  Place in the refrigerator to give the flavors time to combine while you prepare the swordfish.

To make the swordfish:  In a small bowl make the blackening seasoning by combining the paprika, cayenne, salt, garlic powder, pepper, thyme, basil, and oregano.  Pat the swordfish steaks dry and liberally sprinkle the top side of each steak with the blackening seasoning.

Preheat a large fry pan over medium high heat.  Melt the coconut oil or butter in the pan.  When the pan is hot place the steaks, seasoned side down, into the pan. Sprinkle the other side of the steaks with more blackening seasoning.  Cook the swordfish for 3-4 minutes on the first side.  When the fish has “released” from the pan flip the fish and cook on the other side until done, 2-3 more minutes.  The actual cooking time will vary greatly on the thickness of your swordfish steaks so adjust cooking time accordingly.

Serve the swordfish steak topped with a large spoonful of mango avocado salsa, delicious!