Seared Soy-Sesame Arctic Char

Serves 1
Arctic char, a tasty fi sh with beautiful melon-colored flesh, can substitute for brook trout, Tasmanian ocean trout, or even salmon, but it’s an excellent choice of fish to eat as it is presently sustainable (see page 169).


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 6-ounce piece of Arctic char
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil. Season the fish with salt and pepper and brush with half of the sauce.
  2. Heat a small cast-iron skillet over high heat. Sear the fish skin side up for 4 minutes. Pour the remaining sauce over the fish and swirl the sauce around the pan. Carefully turn the fish, spoon the sauce over the top, and cook for 3 more minutes, until the fish is just cooked through. Serve immediately.
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