Serves 4


You could make these rollatini with another type of firm fish if you like- tuna loin is another good choice. You could also use fillets of a flat fish, such as sole. They’re much more fragile, so just top with the filling and roll as is. A more delicate fish could be baked in the oven if you’re afraid of it sticking on the grill.


  • For the Swordfish
  • 1 (1 1/2-pound piece) skinless swordfish
  • 3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Peperoncino
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • For the Salsa
  • 4 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Peperoncino
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley


Slice the swordfish into 8 thin slices (or have your fishmonger do this for you). Cover with plastic wrap and pound gently with a meat mallet to even out the slices. Combine the bread crumbs, scallion, parsley, pine nuts, lemon zest, and garlic in a small bowl. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of peperoncino. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and toss to combine.

Lay the fish slices out on your work surface. Season lightly with salt. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of crumbs on each piece, reserving the remaining crumbs. Roll up and secure each one closed with a toothpick or two. Put in a baking dish and drizzle with the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Turn the rollatini to coat all sides in the oil.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium. Spread the remaining crumbs on a plate. Roll the rollatini in the crumbs, pressing to adhere. Brush the grill with oil. Grill the rollatini, turning on all sides, until the crumbs have crisped and the swordfish is just cooked through, about 7 minutes in all. Remove to a clean baking dish.

For the salsa, combine the tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Season with salt and a pinch of peperoncino. Toss well. Sprinkle with the parsley and toss again. Serve the salsa spooned over the warm rollatini or spoon the salsa over and let the rollatini marinate for an hour (or more, if refrigerated).