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Strozzapreti with swordfish.


Strozzapreti with Swordfish Pasta Recipe from Sicily.

Strozzapreti with swordfish is a delicious example of how Southern Italians pair pasta with swordfish. It’s full of typical Mediterranean flavours and very easy to make!

Sicilian strozzapreti with swordfish

Sicilian Strozzapreti with Swordfish.

Swordfish is a very popular steak fish loved by children and adults alike. As a kid, I remember eating it a lot when on holiday in Spain. I’m talking about a fair number of years ago now, of course, which I guess is a way of saying I’m no spring chicken!

Sicilian strozzapreti with swordfish

Today, you can find swordfish in supermarkets or fishmongers everywhere! But, outside of Italy, it’s most often served as a main course either fried, grilled or oven baked. However, swordfish is a fabulous fish for pasta recipes. I only started eating it with pasta after moving to Italy. In fact, since coming to live here in 2003, I’ve developed a passion for almost any kind of seafood pasta!

ingredients for strozzapreti with sword fish on a white plate

Luckily for me, my hubby is Sicilian and he loves to cook and eat seafood pasta dishes. He’s introduced me to so many wonderful dishes at home in our kitchen and whilst travelling around Italy. Most especially in Sicily, where seafood is king of the kitchen and pasta its queen!

tomatoes, swordfish, and other ingredients prepared for cooking

Step 1 Prepare the ingredients.

Seafood in Sicily.

I’ll never forget our first trip to Sicily for Valentine’s 2004, when we went to eat at a trattoria in the small harbour of Acitrezza . The restaurant had a wonderful display of seafood, most of which I couldn’t put names too. It was my first time eating things like sea dates, sea urchins, venus clams, mantis shrimps, razor clams, bottarga and more. And my first time eating pasta with some of these.

garlic, capers, olives and cut cherry tomatoes in skillet

Step 2 Fry the garlic. capers and olives in olive oil and then add tomatoes.

Since that day, I’ve been hooked on the Sicilian seafood, on pasta with sea food and on my hubby too! (We weren’t married then.) The way to this woman’s heart was obviously through her stomach!

swordfish in skillet with tomatoes, olives and capers

Step 3 Add the swordfish to the skillet

The pasta for this recipe.

Enough reminiscing! Now for the subject of today’s post, Sicilian strozzapreti with swordfish! As I have mentioned in other posts, strozzapreti pasta is an elongated type of trofie, most often handmade. But, we can also buy it dried. The name ‘strozzapreti’ means priest strangler or choker. You can read how this pasta got its name on my strozzapreti post.

dried strozzapreti pasta

Strozzapreti pasta is very often eaten with heavier meat sauces, especially away from coastal areas. However, it’s also a popular pasta partner for richer seafood sauces like this pasta with swordfish.

swordfish sauce cooking in skillet

Step 4 Cook the fish and other ingredients for about 10 minutes. Then add parsley.

In Sicily, they also make a divine pasta with swordfish and eggplant and mint . However, normally the main ingredients are those typical of Central and Southern Italy; tomatoes, capers, olives, garlic, parsley and a little peperoncino for those who want theirs to have a bit of a kick!

cooked strozzapreti pasta added to swordfish sauce in skillet

Step 5 Add cooked pasta to the swordfish sauce.

This strozzapreti with swordfish recipe can also be made with other short pasta such as casarecce, rigatoni or penne. Do try it. I’m sure you’ll love the combination and be coming back for more time and again!

pasta and swordfish sauce mixed together in skillet

Step 6 mix the cooked pasta and swordfish sauce together.

Please do let me know if you make this pasta with swordfish dish. I’d love to hear how it turns out and if you liked it. Please leave a comment here on the blog or on Facebook page.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Buon Appetito!

Sicilian strozzapreti with swordfish

Step 7 serve immediately and buon appetito!


Other Sicilian seafood pasta recipes to try!

  1. Spaghetti with baccala alla ghiotta
  2. Busiate with prawns, almonds and bottarga
  3. Sicilian fresh tuna meatballs with pasta

This recipe was first published in 2017 but has been updated with new photos and text.

Sicilian strozzapreti with swordfish

Strozzapreti with swordfish

Swordfish pairs so well with pasta in this recipe full of the flavours of the Mediterranean. Easy to make and perfect for summer meals and seafood lovers! Course Main CourseCuisine Italian, Mediterranean, SicilianKeyword pasta, pasta recipe, seafood pasta, strozzapreti, swordfish Prep Time 20 minutesCook Time 25 minutesTotal Time 45 minutes Servings 4 Author Jacqueline Debono


  • 400 g strozzapreti pasta (14oz) or other short pasta
  • 500 g cherry tomatoes (17oz) halved
  • 500 g swordfish steak/s (17oz) cut into cubes
  • 10 g salted capers (0.5oz) or you can use capers in oil
  • 1-2 garlic clove peeled
  • 2 tbsp black olives pitted
  • 1 handful of chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp peperoncino flakes red chilli pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt for pasta and to taste
  • black pepper for pasta and to taste


  • Put a large pan of salted water on to boil for the pasta. Add salt once it starts to boil and bring to the boil again.
  • If using salted capers desalinate them under running water, rinsing several times thoroughly. Peel the garlic.
  • Cut tomatoes into quarters. Skin the swordfish steak/s and cut it into strips about 2 cm wide, then cut it into cubes.
  • Pour a little olive oil into a non-stick frying pan or skillet, heat it and add the garlic clove, peeled and left whole (so it will be easier then remove it) cook for about 2-3 minutes over a medium heat until it softens.
  • Add the olives and capers, then season with salt and pepper. Then add the halved tomatoes. Cook well for about 10 minutes on low heat. Add peperoncino flakes if you are going to use them.
  • At this point add the swordfish cubes and stir the ingredients for even cooking. Cook over a low heat for another 5 minutes. (Swordfish doesn’t take long to cook)
  • Add half the amount of finely chopped parsley, cook for a further minute. Remove the garlic and turn off the heat.
  • Cook the pasta al dente in the boiling water according to the instructions on the packet. When cooked, drain the pasta and pour directly into the pan with the fish and cherry tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle with remaining parsley (always finely chopped) and mix all the ingredients together well Serve while still hot.


This pasta dish can be kept in the fridge for a day if you have leftovers but it’s better to serve immediately after cooking. You can also freeze it but only if the fish was fresh not frozen. Instead of strozzapreti you can use other types of short pasta such as penne, rigatoni, cavatelli etc You can use fresh or frozen swordfish for this recipe. If you can’t find swordfish it’s also very good with fresh tuna.