Arctic Char

Other Common Names:

sea-run, ilkalupik, martson trout, Quebec red trout, and blueback trout


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Salvelinus alpines

Range & Habitat: Like salmon, Arctic Char is an anadramous fish, spending time in both freshwater and saltwater. Native to Arctic, sub-Arctic and alpine lakes and coastal waters, wild artic char are found in Alaska, Canada, and Europe. Popular with recreational fishermen, there isn’t a lot of wild artic char available on the market – most of the commercially available arctic char is farm raised.

Both farmed and wild char come from sustainable sources.

Identification & Biology: Similar to salmon, both farmed and wild have a good fat content, yeilding a moist, flavorful fish with good amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Farmed fish average 2 to 5 lbs, wild fish tend to be larger.

Market Description: Arctic char is a great substitute for salmon, a great way to add a bit a different option for your guests while still keeping a heart healthy option on the menu!

Buying Tips: Like salmon, char fillets can range from orange to a lighter pink, depending on feed. Look for firm fillets with no gaping or bruising.

Recommended Preparation: Arctic char can replace salmon in almost any recipe and holds up to all kinds of preparations, seasonings, and styles.