Here's How To Pick The Best Swordfish Steak

There's nothing quite like savoring a stunningly delicious and expensive swordfish steak that delivers juicy magnificence and flavorsome oomph. But what makes swordfish steak so special? Well, for starters, cooking swordfish steak is unfussy as other steaks can be. This firm-fleshed fish has a meaty texture, which helps it win the hearts of even those who don't enjoy eating fish, especially when it comes to steaks. 

And if taste alone is not the selling point of swordfish steak, several nutritional benefits could convince many naysayers to try it. Swordfish is a rich source of protein, potassium, fat-soluble vitamin D and E, and selenium. It's also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which help protect against inflammatory and heart diseases. A 3-ounce serving of swordfish is packed with 764 mg of EPA and DHA (via Healthline). 

This hearty meal ticks almost all the boxes to be included in the list of fish you're not eating but should be. So if you want to buy a piece of the steak of the sea, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind.  

What to look for when buying swordfish?

If you decide to buy a swordfish for an easy-to-make dinner option, there is a basic checklist for choosing the best piece. The obvious one is freshness and not buying swordfish if you smell something "fishy." As Bon Appétit notes, you need to keep in mind that "thickness is important," and the piece should be at least one inch thick since a lean swordfish cut could break or bend easily. Make sure the reddish area of the meat is not brown. Ideally, you'd want to consider going for a piece that is "pale cream in color with tinges of pink." 

Once you purchase the white-fleshed fish, cooking swordfish is surprisingly easier than you think. Just don't forget to oil the piece as it prevents swordfish steak from sticking to the grate, and a bit of olive oil could help add "a little extra richness" (via Bon Appétit). Additionally, several side dishes go really well with swordfish

While swordfish steak is a delicious meal that throws amazing flavors at you as soon as you sink your teeth into it, it would be best not to go overboard with it. In other words, don't eat swordfish regularly due to the high mercury levels in the fish. We hope you paid attention to the word "regularly" as eating it once in a while is fine.