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  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds swordfish steaks
  • 4 small tomatoes, quartered
  • Lime wedges (optional)


  1. Drop garlic cloves one by one into running blender or food processor to thoroughly chop. Add oil, vinegar and spices; cover and process until very smooth.
  2. Pour marinade over fish and marinate 2 to 4 hours.
  3. Remove fish from marinade and discard marinade. Grill fish 5 to 8 minutes on each side.
Adapted from Mexican Everyday, by Rick Bayless (W. W. Norton & Company, 2005).

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