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Seared Arctic Char with Fresh Peach Salsa

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Prepare the fish: Place fillet onto a platter. Drizzle with a little bit of oil, rubbing the oil gently across the flesh. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat griddle and barbecue: Place griddle onto the grates of the grill or barbecue. Light the gas elements directly under the griddle. Close the lid and preheat for 15 minutes to a temperature of 500°F.
  3. Sear the fish: Lift the lid and drizzle about 2 tablespoons of the oil onto the griddle. Immediately place the fish flesh side down onto the griddle with the skin of the fillet facing up. Quickly close the grill and cook for exactly 5 minutes.
  4. Remove fish: Carefully nudge fish using a flat lifter to run under the flesh and loosen it from the griddle. Using the lifter, gently lift the fish, inverting it onto a serving platter.
  5. Serve with FRESH PEACH SALSA, lemon wedges and sprinkle of freshly chopped herbs.
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A salt-and-pepper-rubbed fillet of Arctic char seared crispy on the grill, served with a zesty, freshly-made salsa…

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Seared Arctic Char with Fresh Peach Salsa

Add this SEARED ARCTIC CHAR WITH FRESH PEACH SALSA to your make again-and-again list – it’s fabulous!

If you’re a return visitor to Weekend at the Cottage, you may have caught onto our love of fish and seafood recipes. Whether we’re oven-roasting QUICK AND EASY ASIAN SALMON, stirring up a pot of creamy CREAMY SEAFOOD CHOWDER or spicy THAI RED CURRY SHRIMP, grilling up a WHOLE RAINBOW TROUT or making a simple CLASSIC TUNA SALAD, we’ve got a veritable boatload of ideas. This recipe for SEARED ARCTIC CHAR WITH FRESH PEACH SALSA is a great addition to this category and sure to be a new favourite for everyone. It’s exceptionally fantastic with a crispy outside and fork-tender flesh within.

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Now, on to the good stuff. Let’s dive deep into this recipe for SEARED ARCTIC CHAR WITH FRESH PEACH SALSA.

Ingredients needed to make Seared Arctic Char
Here are the ingredients needed to make this stellar main course.

INGREDIENTS

This recipe proves something we’ve learned over the years; the combination of just a few quality ingredients often yields a highly flavourful finished dish. This seared fish main course idea proves this trusted adage perfectly. The pic of the ingredients features the fillet of char plus seasoning, chopped parsley, oil, lemon and a small bowl of our flavour-packed FRESH PEACH SALSA. We know you’ll agree, simple can be amazing.

A 30 ounce fillet of fresh Arctic char.
This fresh fillet of Arctic char will serve 4 guests. Serving a crowd? Make two!

ARCTIC CHAR

Whether ARCTIC CHAR is new to you or you’re a longstanding fan of this flavourful fish, this recipe is a must-make. Arctic char is a delicious, mild, cold water fish that sits somewhere between trout and salmon. Its flesh ranges in colour from light pink to deep red with moderately firm but fine flakes. It also boasts tinier scales and a delicate skin that allows for some serious crisping when seared.  

The fillet of Arctic char seared on a flat griddle placed onto the hot barbecue.
Set aside at least 15 minutes to ensure your griddle is sizzling hot before adding the fillet.

SEARED

Although we’ve posted stories where we oven-roast, sauté, stew, grill, broil and bake fresh fish, this technique of searing a fillet of firm-fleshed fish such as Arctic char or salmon is a total game changer. Although you can use a flat pan or skillet and cook the fish on the stovetop, we prefer the grill method using a griddle plate. Two things to remember; first, give the griddle plate a good 15 minutes of time to come to temperature. The second tip; after placing the fillet skin side up onto the grill, don’t lift the lid until the full cook time has been reached. Keeping the heat contained throughout is essential for a successful sear.

Fillet of Arctic char presented with a sprinkling of freshly chopped herbs.
Add a sprinkle of your favourite fresh herbs. Chives, parsley and dill all work well.

FINISHED FILLET

To remove the finished seared fillet of fish from the griddle, have a flat lifter and perhaps a pair of tongs handy. After gently coaxing the fillet off the flat cooking surface, invert it onto a servicing plate or platter and prepare to be amazed. The flesh will be golden and will actually sizzle and crackle as the fish cools. For presentation, simply add a sprinkle of your favourite fresh herb. We suggest chopped fresh thyme, parsley, dill, mint or cilantro. Garnishing the dish with lemon wedges is also a nice touch.

Fresh Peach Salsa.
The flavouring of fresh peaches tossed with assorted veggies and herbs is glorious with this fresh fish recipe. Yum!

FRESH PEACH SALSA

Although you can serve the seared fillet of char as is, we suggest presenting this fish with our suggested accompaniment, FRESH PEACH SALSA. This homemade fresh fruit salsa also contains a nice mix of chopped cucumbers, red bell and jalapeño pepper, red onion, cilantro and a nice lick of seasoning, garlic and zesty lime juice. It’s the perfect compliment to the flavour of the char.

A dinner plate featuring the seared Arctic char, beans and roasted peppers
Preparing the char this way yields tender, flaky flesh.

ENJOY

As you can see, this main course idea pairs perfectly with our GRILLED MINI SWEET PEPPERS and this EASY YELLOW AND GREEN BEANS side dish. We also have a few more suggestions for sides, including our WILD RICE AND ORZO SALAD, a simple COUSCOUS SALAD or our extremely popular CAESAR SALAD. One last thing, this meal also pairs really well with a chilled chardonnay or pinot grigio.

SEARED ARCTIC CHAR WITH FRESH PEACH SALSA is superb!

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Seared Arctic Char with Fresh Peach Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 fillet of Arctic char, approximately 2 pounds
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sprinkle of kosher salt
  • sprinkle of black pepper
  • To serve:
  • fresh peach salsa
  • freshly chopped herbs, like parsley, dill, cilantro or chives
  • lemon wedges

Directions

  1. Prepare the fish: Place fillet onto a platter. Drizzle with a little bit of oil, rubbing the oil gently across the flesh. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat griddle and barbecue: Place griddle onto the grates of the grill or barbecue. Light the gas elements directly under the griddle. Close the lid and preheat for 15 minutes to a temperature of 500°F.
  3. Sear the fish: Lift the lid and drizzle about 2 tablespoons of the oil onto the griddle. Immediately place the fish flesh side down onto the griddle with the skin of the fillet facing up. Quickly close the grill and cook for exactly 5 minutes.
  4. Remove fish: Carefully nudge fish using a flat lifter to run under the flesh and loosen it from the griddle. Using the lifter, gently lift the fish, inverting it onto a serving platter.
  5. Serve with FRESH PEACH SALSA, lemon wedges and sprinkle of freshly chopped herbs.

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