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Steamed Arctic Char with Soy, Crispy Garlic, and Chiles

This lovely recipe for steamed arctic char is courtesy of Pete Evans and can be found in "My Table: Food for Entertaining."

  • servings: 4




  • 6 scallions, julienned, green and white parts separated
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless arctic char fillets, scaled and gutted
  • 1/2 cup shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons julienned ginger
  • Peanut oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 long red chiles, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons Asian-style chile sauce
  • 20 fresh cilantro leaves
  • 8 lime wedges
  • Steamed white rice, for serving


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place green scallion pieces in a bowl of cold water and transfer to refrigerator until ready to use.

  2. Step 2

    Place fish in an even layer in a baking dish. In a small bowl, mix together rice wine and soy sauce; pour over fish. Sprinkle white scallion pieces and ginger over fish, cover baking dish with parchment paper-lined aluminum foil, and transfer to oven. Cook until fish is cooked through but still moist, about 7 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, heat oil to a depth of 2 inches in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and chiles and cook until golden and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer garlic and chiles to a paper towel-lined place to drain.

  4. Step 4

    Remove fish from oven and drizzle chile sauce over fish. Drain green scallion pieces and sprinkle over fish along with cilantro, garlic, and chiles. Serve immediately with lime wedges and rice.

The Martha Stewart Show, February Winter 2009



Reviews (7)

  • 5 Nov, 2009

    This was a great recipe! Lots of flavors.

  • 19 Feb, 2009

    Try - you will be re-direct to the Monterey Bay Aquarium website. Once there you can choose your pocket guide.

  • 18 Feb, 2009

    Try - you will be re-direct to the Monterey Bay Aquarium website. Once there you can choose your pocket guide.

  • 18 Feb, 2009

    Thanks for wanting to make ocean-friendly choices. You can download Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch pocket guides at

    Our iPhone app is listed as "Seafood Guide" (also works for the iPod touch) or other devices with Internet access can use

    Alison Barratt, Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • 18 Feb, 2009

    Sustainable seafood is found at

  • 18 Feb, 2009

    I dug around and found the guide on - then click on "Seafood Selector" under the category "Oceans" and you can find it there. Not sure if this will work but here is the link to the direct page (you may have to copy and paste into your browser):
    Hope that helps.

  • 18 Feb, 2009

    sustainable seafood doesn't seem to exist