Arctic Char with Spinach Butter


  • A couple handfuls Spinach
  • 1 Arctic Char Fillet
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Chopped Tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter chilled
  • 1/2 cup Creme Fraiche
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon Chopped Chives


  • Put spinach in a mixing bowl and pour boiling water over to wilt it. Drain in a colander, rinse with cool water and squeeze completely dry. Chop the spinach as finely as you can and set aside.
  • preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season fillets with salt and pepper.
  • Line a roasting pan with a big piece of foil slightly longer than the fish, leaving ends hanging over. Smear middle section of foil lengthwise with 1/2 tablespoon soft butter and set fish on top. Smear top of fillets with remaining 1/2 tablespoon soft butter. Fold the sides of foil to the center and press against fish fillets. Twist both ends of foil to make a tight package. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven and let fish rest 5 to 10 minutes, still in the foil package, while you make the sauce.
  • Put crème fraîche in a wide saucepan or skillet over medi- um high heat and bring to a simmer. Cook for a minute or so, until slightly reduced. Add cooked spinach, stirring to coat. Season with salt and pepper and turn heat to low. Quickly stir in 1 tablespoon chilled butter. mix well. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon zest, tarragon and chives.
  • Transfer fish to a warm serving platter. Carefully remove foil. (Fish should be cooked through but moist.) Pour any collected pan juices, then pour sauce over fish.
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