Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lemon & Herb Crusted Artic Char, 1,2,3

If you are looking for a dinner that can be prepared in under a half an hour, look no further. This quick and delicious dish can be made using ANY type of fish and fresh herbs. The result is a simple fillet of fish with a golden herbed crust. Serves beautifully with a fresh leafy salad, grilled vegetables or rice. I like using a little butter to top the crust, as it really adds a burst of richness, but olive oil can definitely be substituted. Prep time takes 5 minutes and cooking should take no more than 25 minutes.

Lemon & Herb Crusted Artic Char
Serves 4-6
1.5 pound fish fillet, skin removed (use any fish that you like: salmon, halibut, artic char, red snapper..)
1-2 handfuls of fresh herbs, I used basil and thyme
1 garlic clove
1- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into quarters
zest from 1 lemon
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (use plain or flavored- whatever you got!)
2 tablespoons good olive oil
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into tiny pieces
Use your favorite herbs...or whatever you have in the fridge!
 Place the herbs, garlic, ginger, and lemon zest in a food processor.
 Process until all chopped up into fine pieces.
 Add the breadcrumbs, olive oil, salt and pepper. Process until combined.
 Use the back of a spoon and your fingertips to spread the crumb topping over the entire surface of the fish.
Scatter the pieces of butter evenly over the crumb topping. 
Place the fish, covered, in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 minutes. Uncover, and bake for an additional 5-8 minutes until golden.

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