Seared Soy-Sesame Arctic Char


Quick and easy, this arctic char recipe is a simple preparation with just four ingredients. Combine soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and honey and brush on the fish. Sear the fish skin-side up; then pour the remaining sauce over the fish, turn, and finish cooking. This recipe makes one serving, but it's easy to scale up to feed four or more.


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • ¼ 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.

Cook's Notes

This recipe comes from the book Mad Hungry by Lucinda Scala Quinn.

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