let’s talk about arctic char for a moment….
so i accidentally brought this fish home today. i meant to buy some cheap white fish and the lady behind the counter told me she’d debone it for me and to come back. when i returned, i grabbed the package she gave me and my jaw dropped when i saw the price….and then i saw that it was labeled “arctic char”. i pointed it out and she said she mislabeled it so she repriced it and i took it home.
dinner time rolls around and i open it up and BAM….what the heck is that??! i’ve never made arctic char before and i’m not sure i had even tried it. after a quick google search, i learned that i should scrap the simple butter/garlic thing i was going to do with the white fish and try something a bit more asian inspired. so here’s what i concocted:
maple glazed arctic char
3 tablespoons maple syrup (the real stuff….obvs)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon garlic
about a teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with a bit of water to thicken the sauce.
so i mixed all of the above together and soaked the fish in it for a while. i cooked it in a shallow dish, skin side down, for 16 minutes at 400 (checking halfway and redistributing the sauce) and it was the.best.fish.i’ve.ever.made.
easy, tasty and it kicks whitefish’s ASS.
a new favourite for sure. i recommend you pick it up if you happen to notice it where you normally buy your fish (even though it might be a bit of a splurge).
p.s. i ate it with steamed broccoli tossed with a touch of sesame oil and a carrot/parsnip pancake.
p.p.s. i should have sprinkled a bit of chopped scallion on top of the fish, but i forgot to…