Grilled Whole Arctic Char

with roasted potatoes and grilled vegetables.

Grilling a whole char can easily sound overwhelming, but at Niceland, we’ve mastered cooking a fish like this! In this case, we have the fish headed, gutted, and fins removed.

Pairing the char with vegetables & potatoes makes it an excellent option for a nice lunch or dinner! Make sure to use whatever vegetables are in season to help support sustainable eating. Roasting vegetables in the oven is a great side dish. It holds up well cooked in the fridge for up to 3 days.

This fish is closely related to both salmon and lake trout. Char is a less fishy salmon alternative but richer than trout. It has a sweet, nutty flavor, and is very lean; it’s a firm yet delicate flake.

This versatile fish is in many different types of dishes like our Grilled Arctic Char Taco and Soy & Miso Marinated Arctic Char. We are always experimenting with new ways to prepare char.

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 6 minutes

Servings: 2


Grilled Arctic Char

  • 1 whole arctic charr (approximately 3 lbs) gutted and scaled with head and tail still on.
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • fresh herbs such as thyme, flat-leaved parsley, oregano and mint
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. Pre-heat grill to 350-400°f.
  2. Rinse the fish and pat dry. Rub the outside and inside of the cavity generously with olive oil, salt, and pepper—layer the herbs and lemon slices inside the cavity.
  3. Place on a heated grill for 8-10 minutes. The fish should release quickly when one side is cooked and be easy to flip. Cook on the other side for 8-10 minutes more.
  4. Place the fish on a large plate or cutting board and with a fork dig right into the crispy skin and the flaky, juicy coral colored flesh. Watch out for bones!