This simple recipe for Baked Garlic Dill Arctic Char is plate-licking good!
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.
This recipe for arctic char is something I created after my children — who are 5 and 8 — and I hit our local farmers market and fishmonger for ingredients. The vibrant dill from a nearby farm was a perfect accompaniment with bold local garlic that coats this fresh arctic char. 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.