Rubbed with a mixture of fresh dill, minced garlic, salt and pepper, this arctic char recipe is a quick and easy way to enjoy this fish.
My dear friend Cate has always told me to “work smarter, not harder,” and I usually heed that advice — except when I don’t. But I am a work in progress, as we all are.
Last year, I decided to launch a spinoff website called Sarah’s Seafood Shack that covered only seafood. And for a little while it was great. But as things progressed, I found that I didn’t have enough time to maintain yet another site. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reposting the content from that site here on Sarah’s Cucina Bella as I merge these two sites.
I hope you will love the new influx of seafood recipes and articles.
First up? A fabulous Baked Garlic Dill Arctic Char recipe that my kids and I love. With a flavorful, fresh rub, this is a quick and easy fish recipe perfect for any night. Enjoy!
As far as sustainability is concerned, arctic char is a great choice for fish dinners. Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch named it a Best Choice. A farmed fish, arctic char can be used similarly to salmon and trout in recipes — think bold but nuanced.
Not familiar with arctic char? Honestly, I don’t remember ever having it as a little girl, but I am so glad I can have it now. It might just be my new favorite fish.
I first created this arctic char recipe when my children — who are 5 and 8 — and I happened on some great fresh ingredients at our local farmers market and fishmonger. Vibrant dill grown on a nearby farm is a perfect accompaniment with bold local garlic that coats this fresh arctic char. (Don’t worry — dill and garlic from the grocery store are good in this recipe too. I am just a big believe in local food.) It’s so palate-pleasing that my kids practically lick the plate when I make it.
Making it is simple — you take a big arctic char fillet and coat it with a mixture of garlic, dill, salt and pepper. Then you bake it until it’s absolutely fork tender. Serve it with lemon wedges (it’s amazing what that drizzle of lemon does for the fish) … and enjoy every bite.
Who says a simple recipe for arctic char can’t be big on flavor?
- 1 lb arctic char fillet
- 3 tbsp minced fresh dill
- 1-2 cloves garlic, , minced
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 lemon, , quartered
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil. Place the arctic char on the baking sheet, with the skin facing down.
- In a small bowl, stir together the dill, garlic, salt and pepper. Rub on the top of the arctic char (the flesh, only). You want to distribute it as evenly as you can.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until it flakes easily with a fork. Cut into four pieces and serve with a lemon wedge.
Note: This recipe originally appeared on my now-defunct site Sarah’s Seafood Shack.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.