Pharrell Williams Shares His Miami Restaurant's Grilled Swordfish Kebabs Recipe

These grilled fish skewers with a fiery Yemenite herb sauce come from Strawberry Moon, Pharrell Williams and David Grutman's Mediterranean restaurant in Miami's Goodtime Hotel

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You can't help but feel happy at Pharrell Williams and restaurateur David Grutman's Strawberry Moon, a pastel-hued island oasis in Miami's Goodtime Hotel. Soak in the cool South Beach vibes while feasting on Mediterranean mezzes, pizzas and kebabs—like these grilled fish skewers with a fiery Yemenite herb sauce.

If you're on a foodie tour of the city, Williams and Grutman also own Swan restaurant in Miami's Design District!


Ingredient Checklist

  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 4 serrano chiles, seeded and sliced
  • 3 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 cups chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 ½ cups chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs.s swordfish, skinned and cut into 1½-in. pieces
  • Flaky sea salt, for serving


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Soak 8 bamboo skewers in cold water, 30 minutes. Preheat a grill or grill pan to high (450° to 500°).
  • Step 2Remove cardamom seeds from pods; discard pods. Toast cardamom seeds, peppercorns, coriander and cumin in a small dry skillet over medium heat, shaking skillet often, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a mortar and pestle; pulverize into a coarse powder, about 1 minute. Add garlic, chiles and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Pound together until a paste forms, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Step 3Transfer chile paste to a food processor; add parsley, cilantro, olive oil and ½ teaspoon of the salt. Process until mixture is combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside until ready to serve.
  • Step 4Sprinkle swordfish pieces with remaining 2 teaspoons salt. Thread 3 to 4 pieces onto each skewer, leaving a slight gap between them. Transfer kebabs to hot oiled grill grates; grill until lightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side. (If fish is sticking, cook 1 to 2 more minutes. It should release easily once fully cooked.) Transfer kebabs to a platter. Drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of flaky salt; serve with zhug sauce.
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