Ode to An Arctic Char

Arctic char is my new salmon. And I love salmon.

Arctic char the only fish species found in Lake Hazen on Ellesmere Island in our Canadian Arctic. It lives many miles from polluting industry swimming and spawning in the icy cold, barren north. Our Inuit friends often have popular Arctic chart fishing derbies to catch the biggest fish. No wonder, it tastes delicious.

Arctic char is rumoured to have a special kind of anti-freeze in its body to prevent it from freezing to death. This anti-freeze is rumoured to be the fountain of youth – it can stop the aging process.


So what did I do when I saw this fresh arctic char lying before me at the fish market on Granville Island in Vancouver?

I bought it. And had it filleted. And took it home. And served it with risotto and a bottle of SpierHead Pinot Gris.



It’s a paler fish than salmon and white on the inside, almost halibut like, and flaky and tender. It absorbs flavour very easily so all we used to enhance its flavour was lemon, salt, pepper and green onion.

Support Our Arctic Inuit Fishermen

Arctic Char might be a little pricey but its Oceanwise and supports our Arctic Fishermen and Inuit friends and communities. They’ve been eating this fish for thousands of years. It’s also full of important  protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.

With all the fad diets today – gluten-free, Paleo, Atkins, Jenny Craig, Jenny Crack, Weight Watchers, Fat Fighters, Gwenyth Goopoop Paltrow – one diet hasn’t been investigated by urbanites:  the Canadian Inuit Diet. I’d like to try it and eat nothing but arctic char, bannock, muskox, bison, caribou, seal and polar bear.

More information: http://www.trulywild.ca/about-arctic-char


Speaking of the Inuit Diet, a #TasteoftheArctic event was hosted in Ottawa, Ontario in February 2015.