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.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 6 minutes
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
- Pre-heat grill to 350-400°f.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!