Arctic Char: Our New Favorite Fish
If you’re a fan of salmon and trout, get to know Arctic Char―a mild but distinctively rich fish.
Good NewsA traditional Inuit food, Arctic char thrives in both the Arctic Ocean and freshwater sub-Arctic lakes and coastal waters. While there is some wild fishing, most available in markets today is farmed inland in closed water systems that treat wastewater to avoid pollution. Farm-raised char is available all year; wild versions hit their high season in late summer. Arctic char generally costs a bit more than widely available farmed salmon but, depending on where you live, a little less than wild Pacific salmon. It’s considered a “fatty fish”―the good kind, meaning it contains healthy omega-3s―and the firm flesh stands up to almost any cooking method.
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