Arctic char is a member of the Salmonidae family which includes salmon and trout. Arctic char are found in both freshwater and saltwater in Arctic, sub-Arctic and alpine lakes and coastal waters of Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Scandinavia, Siberia, the U.K. and other parts of northern Europe.
Arctic char is light, moist and firm in texture and serves as an excellent salmon or trout substitute. Char are highly prized for their excellent flavor and high content of Omega 3 fish oil.
Fish Chowder made with Arctic Char
2 lbs. arctic char
2 potatoes peeled cut into 3/4 inch cubes
1 small onion, sliced
6 strips bacon or salt pork
3 Tbsp. butter
2 cups scalded milk
salt and pepper to taste
Remove skin and fillets and cut off head and tail. Cut fish into 2 inch pieces and set aside.
Put head, tail, and backbone pieces into a stew pan, add 2 cups of cold water and bring slowly to boiling point; cook 5 minutes.
Cut bacon or salt pork into small pieces and fry out, add onion and fry 5 minutes. Strain fat into a large pan, add potatoes to fat, then add 2 cups boiling water and cook 5 minutes.
Add liquor drained from the bones, add fish, cover and simmer 5 minutes.
Add milk, salt, pepper, and butter.
To thicken, melt 1 tablespoon butter and add 2 tablespoons flour, blending well. Gradually add 2 cups scalded milk.
Serve steaming hot with crackers.
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