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Grilled Whole Arctic Char

Controlling a charcoal grill's air supply is key to avoiding flare-ups. Keep it covered when cooking the fish, with the top vent closed. Keep the bottom vent open to maintain the heat of the coals.

  • servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 whole arctic char (about 5 pounds), cleaned, with head intact
  • 1/2 cup Mint-Chive Butter
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing and grates
  • 4 lemons, halved
  • Garnish: mint sprigs

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Let fish stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. Divide mint-chive butter into 2 bowls. Season cavity of fish with salt and pepper, and brush generously with half the mint-chive butter. Tie together with kitchen twine to close. Brush with oil, and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Step 2

    Heat a charcoal grill to medium. Lightly brush grates with oil. Sear lemons, cut sides down, until caramelized, about 3 minutes; transfer to a serving platter. Brush grates to clean.

  3. Step 3

    Grill fish, covered, about 12 minutes. (Check on fish once or twice to make sure heat is even and fish is not charring.) Open lid, and flip fish carefully using 2 heavy spatulas. Cover, and grill until skin is crisp and fish is flaky when pierced with the tip of a knife in the thickest area, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer fish to a platter using spatulas. Brush fish with remaining mint-chive butter. Let stand for 10 minutes; untie. Garnish with mint.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2010