Orange Arctic Char with Burst Cherry Tomatoes

A delicious fish dinner doesn't get easier than this! Serve this orange Arctic Char with some rice and spinach and you have a beautiful dinner in under 30 minutes.

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Orange Arctic Char on a white plate with spinach and burst cherry tomatoes.

Quick and Tasty Fish Dinner

I like to have fish for dinner at least once a week, and it’s not just because I like the taste of fish. I also love cooking fish because it’s quick and easy and versatile. This recipe for orange Arctic Char with burst cherry tomatoes only takes about 15 minutes to make and you end up with a dinner that is delicious and nutritious too. 

Ingredients on a blue counter - arctic char fillets, herbs, an orange, tomatoes, salt, pepper and olive oil.

Arctic Char

There are so many different fish to enjoy that it’s hard to put “fish” in a single category. When you are thinking of fish for dinner, there’s a whole sea (literally) to choose from. Arctic Char is one of my favorite types of fish. It’s a member of the same family as salmon, but it is a different species of fish to what we call salmon (which in fact are many different fish themselves!). It’s mild in flavor, lying somewhere between salmon and trout, with a relatively high fat content which makes it very easy to cook without drying it out, and… it tends to be less expensive than salmon varieties. Win, win, win!

Looking down on a blue cutting mat with arctic char fillets, a bowl of mayo, an orange and some orange zest.

Mayonnaise on Fish

When making any fish dinner, my rule of thumb is to buy the best quality, freshest fish you can and then do as little to it as possible. This orange Arctic Char recipe coats the fish in a very simple mayonnaise and orange zest mixture before roasting or air-frying. Mayonnaise is magic on fish fillets. It adheres to the fish well, allowing you to get other seasonings (or breadcrumb coatings) to stick nicely and insulates the fish so it doesn’t dry out. 

A hand brushing a mayo mixture onto arctic char fillets in an air fryer basket with on the vine cherry tomatoes. Two cooked arctic char fillets in an air fryer basket with burst cherry tomatoes.

Air-Fried or Oven Baked

You can make this orange Arctic Char in either your oven or your air fryer. The air fryer will be a little faster because there is no pre-heat time and the air fryer cooks faster with its super heated forced air, but both will give you perfect results, with fish fillets that are tender and moist inside with a nice orange flavor on the outside. If you’re using a mesh basket like the one in the photo above, do line the basket with some parchment paper (just enough for the fish) so that you don’t have the skin of the fish sticking to the basket. 

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Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

It might sound like a strange combination, but a quickly stirred together yogurt sauce is delicious on fish, especially Arctic Char. The cool cucumber and tangy yogurt are a nice compliment to the fatty fish fillet and the herbs you can chop and stir in add a nice burst of flavor. I like to use a combination of dill, parsley and chives, but any favorite fresh herb would be delicious. 

Orange Arctic Char on a white plate with spinach and burst cherry tomatoes.

 

What to Serve with Arctic Char

You can really prepare any sides that you like to go with your fish, but I think rice or mashed potatoes are a nice choice, along with a green vegetable. If you’re using your air fryer anyway, the air-fried broccoli with soy drizzle is a nice accompaniment. Then, just dollop a little sauce on top and garnish with some orange zest and dinner is done in less than 30 minutes!

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Orange Arctic Char with Burst Cherry Tomatoes - Air Fryer Version

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 12 m
  • Total Time: 22 m
  • Servings:
    2

Ingredients

  • 2 5- to 6-ounce fillets arctic char
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 to 12 cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 1 mini cucumber or 2 tablespoons grated peeled cucumber
  • 1 radish optional
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley dill or chives

Instructions

  1. Place the arctic char fillets skin side down on a parchment paper-lined air fryer basket. Combine the mayonnaise and orange zest and brush the mixture on the flesh side of the fillets. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Place the cherry tomatoes on the vine alongside the fillets in the air fryer basket and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer the baking sheet to the air fryer and air-fry at 400˚F for 12 minutes.
  4. While the fish is baking, grate the cucumber and radish (if using) into a bowl. Add the yogurt, olive oil, fresh herbs and season with white wine vinegar, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well and set aside.

  5. When the fish is firm to the touch and cooked through, transfer the fish to serving plates. Place the branch of cherry tomatoes next to or on top of the fish and dollop a spoon or two of yogurt sauce on top. Serve with rice or potatoes and a green vegetable.

Orange Arctic Char with Burst Cherry Tomatoes - Oven Version

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 20 m
  • Total Time: 30 m
  • Servings:
    2

Ingredients

  • 2 5- to 6-ounce fillets arctic char
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 to 12 cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 1 mini cucumber or 2 tablespoons grated peeled cucumber
  • 1 radish optional
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley dill or chives

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425˚F.
  2. Place the arctic char fillets skin side down on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Combine the mayonnaise and orange zest and brush the mixture on the flesh side of the fillets. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Place the cherry tomatoes on the vine alongside the fillets on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and roast at 425˚F for 15 minutes.
  5. While the fish is baking, grate the cucumber and radish (if using) into a bowl. Add the yogurt, olive oil, fresh herbs and season with white wine vinegar, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well and set aside.

  6. When the fish is firm to the touch and cooked through, transfer the fish to serving plates. Place the branch of cherry tomatoes next to or on top of the fish and dollop a spoon or two of yogurt sauce on top. Serve with rice or potatoes and a green vegetable.
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Comments (2)Post a Reply

  1. Since you said Atlantic Char was somewhat similar to salmon, can you use the Mayo/orange mixture on salmon ? (I have the the QVC salmon)
    Thanks!

    1. Absolutely! You could use this on any fish that you like. The cooking time will vary a few minutes based on how thick the fillets are.

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