Have you tried an Arctic Char? We have an easy oven bake recipe for this delicious fish with lovely lemon and dill for added fresh flavours.
About Arctic Char
The Arctic Char is closely related to both salmon and lake trout, and has many characteristics of both. The fish is quite variable in colour which depends on the time of year and the location in which it has lived. The flesh colour can range from a bright red to a pale pink. These fish are a good choice to make when looking for an oily fish for healthy eating.
Char are native to the cold water of the Arctic and sub-arctic, occupying coastal waters and lakes. It is also a native species to Scotland where is it found in deep, cold glacial lakes and can be found in similar deep waters in the rest of the UK.
Our fish is farmed Arctic Char from Dorset (land based). The use of land based production systems addresses many issues of environmental concerns that can be associated with some farmed fish production. Artic char has a lower requirement for fish in its diet compared to other salmonid species and in UK production responsibly sourced feed is used.
Arctic Char is one of the most sustainable fish available in the uk
Cooking Tips For Baked Arctic Char
Cooking and preparation time is about 30 minutes. One fish will provide a generous serving for 2 people. Select from the counter and we can clean it for you. Other ingredients are olive oil, a good sprig of dill, a whole lemon plus salt and pepper for seasoning.
- Pre-heat you oven to a high heat 220C
- Place the Arctic Char on a lightly oiled baking tray or oiled foil and stuff the fish cavity with slices of lemon and dill. Place some of the herbs and lemon slices around the fish. Drizzle with the remaining oil and season generously all over with the salt and pepper .
- Bake in the oven for 20 mins until the fish is cooked through. You can tell when it is cooked as the eyes will have turned white, the flesh opaque and will pull apart easily when tested with a fork.
- The Char can be served right away, drizzle some of the cooking juices over the top and accompany with your favourite seasonal vegetables.