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Arctic Char with Strawberry Relish

Arctic Char with Strawberry Relish

As we creep into the summer months, before it gets too hot, take advantage of the longer days by dining al fresco on your patio or balcony. This pan-seared fish is complemented by a vibrant and punchy salsa that uses strawberries and nectarines! Crack open a bottle of chilled wine and enjoy my friends!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 1/4 cups finely diced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup finely diced nectarine
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon basil chiffonade plus 4 basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • four 6-ounce artic char fillets
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch watercress, washed and stems trimmed


  • In a medium size bowl combine the strawberries, nectarine, red onion, basil cilantro, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to use.

    Season the artic char fillets with salt and pepper. Heat a 12-inch non-stick saute pan over medium-high heat, when hot add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. As soon as the oil begins to smoke add the artic char skin side down and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the fish and add the butter and basil leaves. Baste the fish with the butter for 2 minutes or until the fish is lightly brown. Transfer from the pan to a paper towel lined plate. Remove the basil leaves and place one leaf on each fillet.

    In a small bowl toss the watercress with a teaspoon of olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

    Divide the watercress between four plates, place one fillet of fish on the watercress and garnish with the strawberry relish. Serve warm.

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