Swordfish Souvlaki

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  • 1 pound skinless swordfish steak (about 1 inch thick), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 pita breads (preferably pocketless)
  • 1 large cucumber
  • An 8-ounce container plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic, mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium plum tomatoes, chopped coarse
  • 1/2 small red onion, cut into slivers
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leafed parsley leaves, washed well, spun dry, and torn
  • Four 12-inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 1 hour


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Prepare grill.
  • In a bowl toss swordfish with lemon juice, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste and marinate, covered and chilled, 15 minutes.
  • Wrap pitas in foil and keep warm in oven. Peel and seed cucumber and grate coarse. Wrap cucumber in a kitchen towel and squeeze to extract liquid. In a small bowl stir together cucumber, yogurt, mint, garlic paste, and salt and pepper to taste. In another bowl combine tomatoes, onion, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Thread fish onto skewers and grill on an oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals, turning once, until just cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove fish from skewers. (Alternatively, cook fish in a heated well-seasoned ridged grill pan in same manner.)
  • Divide cucumber mixture among pitas, spreading to cover, and top with fish. Sprinkle tomato mixture over fish and roll pitas into cones, wrapping with parchment paper or foil to secure.


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Swordfish Souvlaki