Oven-Poached Arctic Char


Poaching fish for six is easier than you think. In this Mad Genius recipe from Justin Chapple, two large fillets are oven-poached in fruity olive oil with fresh herbs and lemon. For an unfussy presentation, place the baking dish on the table and serve the fish family-style. Just like that, you’ve got a weeknight dinner party.

Oven-Poached Arctic Char
Photo: Justin Walker
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins


  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh dill

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh chives

  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (from 4 small lemons)

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

  • 2 (1 1/4-pound) skinless center-cut arctic char fillets, any bones removed


  1. Whisk together olive oil, dill, chives, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour half of mixture into a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Add arctic char in a single layer, and spoon remaining olive oil mixture over top. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Let fish stand in marinade at room temperature 15 minutes before baking. Remove plastic wrap, and bake in preheated oven until fish is just cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Cut each fillet into 3 pieces, and serve immediately with cucumber salad and rice.

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