Salt-Crusted Arctic Char with Oven-Roasted Ratatouille

Salt-Crusted Arctic Char 150 Author: Canadian Living Credits: Salt-Crusted Arctic Char 150

Although arctic char ranges throughout the Northern Hemisphere, Canadian arctic char is unequalled. Baked in a disposable salt crust, the fish is succulent and juicy.

  • Portion size 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs sea salt (about 3 cups/750 mL)
  • 2 lbs salt (about 3 cups/750 mL)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 whole arctic char cleaned
  • 6 lemon wedges
Ratatouille:
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tomatoes
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Method

Ratatouille: Dice eggplant and zucchini into 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes. Place in colander in sink; toss with 3/4 tsp (4 mL) of the salt and weigh down with plate. Let stand for 30 minutes to drain. Pat dry with paper towel; place in shallow roasting pan.

Meanwhile, in saucepan of boiling water, blanch tomatoes for about 30 seconds or until skins loosen; immediately plunge into cold water. Peel, seed and dice; add to roasting pan.

Seed, core and cut red and green peppers into 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes; add to roasting pan. Add oil, garlic, thyme and remaining salt to vegetables; toss well to combine.

Roast on highest rack of 400°F (200°C) oven, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes or until vegetables are very soft and most of the liquid has evaporated.

Stir in basil and vinegar. (Make-ahead: Let cool completely; refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours. Reheat or serve cold.)

Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine salt with egg whites. Spread half over rimmed baking sheet or dish large enough to hold char. Pat fish dry; nestle into salt mixture. Cover with remaining salt to coat completely. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven for 40 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Using bread knife, remove hardened salt crust from baked fish; pull back skin and push away any attached salt mixture. Using spoon, fillet fish. Serve with lemon wedges and ratatouille.

Nutritional facts Per each of 6 servings: about

  • Sodium 314 mg
  • Protein 23 g
  • Calories 221.0
  • Total fat 8 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 18 g

%RDI

  • Iron 12.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 19.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 4.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 27.0
  • Vitamin C 120.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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