Scallion Crusted Arctic Char

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Happy New Year!  And now we begin the efforts to offset all that holiday indulgence.  I'm not sure if we are ingrained to start eating lighter in the new year because of resolutions or just because we feel so weighed down by the holiday eating extravaganza, but I know that come January, my brain and body are ready for a change from the season of eating.  

I wanted to share this recipe with you because it's lighter, but still a little on the indulgent side.  Arctic Char looks almost just like salmon, but this fillet was thicker and a little lighter colored than the wild caught salmon I find around here.  Its flavor is a little lighter than wild salmon's, but it's still unique.  This was so good.  

Green onions are sliced thin and mixed with just enough mayonnaise to bind them, and it's all slathered on the fillets.  The whole thing is then broiled and dinner is ready in something like 10 minutes flat.  Serve with a salad and roasted potatoes and you have a restaurant quality dinner that is completely in keeping with your resolutions...or your desire to not have another dish with 3 pounds of cheese or cream of anything soup.

Scallion Crusted Arctic Char
from Gourmet via epicurious.com
feeds 2-4, depending on appetite

4 to 6 scallions
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 (6-ounce) pieces arctic char fillet

Preheat broiler. Line rack of broiler pan with foil.

Finely chop scallions and stir together with mayonnaise. Pat fillets dry. Place fillets, skin sides down, on broiler pan and season each fillet with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Spread scallion mixture evenly over tops of fillets.

Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat until scallions are slightly charred and fish is just cooked through, about 8 minutes.

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