Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
15 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and about 3/4 cup tomato mixture)

Farmed char is widely available and has a mild flavor and a great texture. It's similar to salmon but not quite as rich and fatty. Wild arctic char from the northern seas is available only for a few weeks in late summer, when the ice has melted enough for the local fishermen to reach them. It is a sought-after delicacy, and one that will cost you. If you find fresh, it's well worth the splurge.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Heat a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle fillets with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add fillets, flesh side down, to pan, and sauté for 2 minutes. Place pan in oven; cook at 400° for 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.

Step 3

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic, and cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high. Add tomatoes to pan; sauté for 2 minutes or until skins blister, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat. Sprinkle tomato mixture with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, basil, and shallots; toss to combine. Serve with fish.

Ratings & Reviews

November 20, 2018
Did you remove the skin

gluttonfp's Review

August 21, 2012

SSchochet's Review

May 24, 2011
Great flavors, perfect supper!

jodioschmidt's Review

February 27, 2013
Used Salmon because Char was not available. Tasted great. Loved the tomatoes. Served with CL roasted garlic kale for a light and flavorful meal. Used the left over tomatoes and kale in scrambled eggs the next morning - tasted great

LaurenWB's Review

April 26, 2011
This was a very fast and easy recipe. It was also extremely flavorful. I ran out of tomatoes making my side dish so I took a 14oz can of diced tomatoes, cooked it like the directions for the fresh tomatoes on the sauce except simmered it a bit longer to have some of the extra juices evaporate. It was a heavier/thicker consistency than the photo (maybe because I used the canned diced tomatoes) but still delicious. I paired it with a side of cous cous dressed with cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, onion, olive oil and lemon juice! Yum!

ChicagoSFF's Review

April 17, 2011
The tomatoes are a great side dish! I will definitely make them again. Substituted salmon for the char - easy and delicious dish.

nikinikinine's Review

April 26, 2011
super easy to make, dinner was on the table in 15 minutes. Solid recipe worth keeping in rotation!

Great easy dish

June 09, 2015
I liked the flavor of the Arctic Char. I am not a big Salmon fan so this is a great compromise since hubby is. I sautéed onions to go with the tomatoes instead of using shallots. I served it with Arugula and added fresh Thyme on top. I think it's an easy weeknight dish.