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.