Recipe: Scabbardfish with banana

Recipe: Scabbardfish with banana

Scabbardfish?  Espada?

Espada com banana
Espada com banana

The black scabbard (or scabbardfish or in Portuguese: espada) is a fish species living in the great depths of the Atlantic Ocean.  It is very common on Madeira and can be found in most restaurants.


Ingredients for 2 persons

  • 2 filets of black scabbard, about 200gr each
  • 2 Madeira bananas
  • A pinch of salt, freshly chopped oregano, and freshly ground pepper
  • Garlic
  • Flour
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs (one for the fish and one for the bananas)



Black Scabbard
Black Scabbard
  • Skin the fish and cut it in approximately 8cm long pieces.
  • Season them with the salt, herbs, pepper and garlic.
  • Prepare two bowls for the fish filets – one with flower and one with beaten egg
  • Pour oil in a frying pan and heat it.
  • Roll the seasoned fish filets in the flour and then in the egg.
  • Fry them in the frying pan until golden brown.
  • When done, drain excess oil off on paper kitchen towel.


  • Prepare two bowls for the bananas – one with flower and one with beaten egg
  • Peel the bananas, cut in two lengthwise.
  • Roll them in the flour and then in the egg
  • Fry them quickly until golden brown
  • Drain excess oil with paper kitchen towel.

Serve on a plate with either small potatoes or with rice.

Optional: with a passion fruit sauce

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 4 table spoons of mayonnaise
  • 6 table spoons of passion fruit juice
  • 1 drop of Tabasco
  • The juice of a freshly pressed orange

Sauce Preparation:

Mix all ingredients and serve cold with the dish.

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