Pan Grilled Arctic Char

When it comes to seafood, Arctic Char is one of my favorites.  It’s not always available in our area, so when I spot it at the market it’s a must buy!  At first glance you might mistake Arctic Char for salmon, and while they do look alike, Arctic Char has a milder taste.  It also cooks up much faster than salmon, just a few minutes per side.

Although this fish lends itself to different preparations, today I’m going with a simple marinade of maple syrup, ginger and sesame oil.

Dinner for two


  • 1 lb. arctic char, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1-1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • maple garlic seasoning
  • fresh chives, for garnish
  • cooking spray

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Whisk together the sesame oil, maple syrup, ginger, cornstarch and water in a nonreactive baking dish.

Cut the fish into 4 pieces and place in the marinade, cover and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes, turning once.  Sprinkle with maple garlic seasoning.

Heat a grill pan over medium low and mist with cooking spray.  Add the fish skin side up and cook 2 minutes.

Turn the fish, spoon the marinade over the top and cook 2 minutes more.

Turn skin side up one more time and cook for 2 more minutes to deepen those grill lines.  The fish should flake easily with a fork.

Transfer to a serving dish, and garnish with fresh chives.

I’m serving it alongside a wild rice blend and roasted green beans with almonds.

Notes ♪♫ Arctic Char cooks up perfectly on my stove top, using my grill pan over medium low heat.  Although I have not tried it, cooking directly on an outdoor grill might be too much heat for this delicate fish.

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2 thoughts on “Pan Grilled Arctic Char”

  1. This looks so good! I love Arctic Char, but it’s not easy to get over here in the UK. I always choose when we are travelling. I could definitely use this delicious marinade on salmon though – it sounds delicious.

    1. Thanks April! Yes, Arctic Char is very similar to salmon but not as easy to find, the marinade goes well with both!

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