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Icelandic Arctic Char

★★★★★ "Loved the Icelandic Arctic Char! — Jason, M. of Detroit, Michigan” ★★★★★ "Loved the Icelandic Arctic Char! — Jason, M. of Detroit, Michigan”

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What is Arctic Char?

Arctic Char is a freshwater fish native to the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is a member of the Salmon family. The meat has a flake similar to salmon but not as large. It’s also a good source of Thiamin, Niacin and Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus and Selenium. Arctic Char is best cooked over a medium heat and served with a light sauce or simply seasoned with salt and pepper.

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Arctic Char Cooking Guide

This fish can be baked, grilled, fried, or poached. It should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145° F.

# of Arctic Char Method Cook Temp Avg Time Finish Temp
1-2 fillets Sear Med-High 4-7 mins 145 °F
2 or more Grill 375 °F 9-12 mins 145 °F
4 or more Oven 350 °F 10-15 mins 145 °F

Note: The above guidelines are only guard rails. Average time depends on size/amount of meat. Stoves and pans vary in performance as well; so to achieve perfectly cooked arctic char, always check color and texture regularly.

Sustainably Raised Arctic Char

Found in the deep and icy waters of glacial lakes and arctic coastal waters, Arctic Char is closely related to both salmon and trout — ranging from a light pink to deep red in color, with a mild, buttery taste and silky-smooth texture. Well-suited for aquaculture, Arctic Char is both delicious and sustainable, a truly versatile fish that’s gaining in popularity around the world. Learn more about this ASC-certified fish here.

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Arctic Char FAQ

What is Arctic Char?

Arctic char is a cold-water fish, native to alpine lakes and arctic/subarctic coastal waters, closely related to salmon and trout. It's anadromous like salmon, migrating from fresh-water lakes to saltwater to spawn. However, unlike salmon, they do not die after spawing; instead they can live up to 25 years.

What does Arctic Char fish taste like?

Arctic Char have a flavor profile rated between trout and salmon. The fat content of the fish is comparable to sockeye salmon. The color of flesh can vary from light pink to deep red. The skin is thin, easy to crisp-up and is edible.

Is Arctic Char healthy?

Yes. Arctic char is a nutrient-rich fish, and an excellent source of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and carotenoids.