Try a Tangy Cilantro-and-Mayonnaise Coating on Broiled Fish

By: Nikhita Mahtani
Show: Chopped

For this week's Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient Arctic char. A pink-fleshed fish similar in taste to salmon or trout, Arctic char works well in a variety of cooking methods. In this Cilantro-Crusted Arctic Char with Green Beans recipe, however, the fish is broiled with a coating of cilantro and mayonnaise, which shows mayonnaise isn't just for baking chicken. Instead of a typical breadcrumb coating, chopped cilantro stems (an often discarded portion of the herb) help create a flavorful outer crust. With this recipe, dinner is just 20 minutes away.

First, preheat the boiler and set a rack 2 inches from the heat source.

Next, toss the green beans with some oil, salt and pepper, placing them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Broil until crisp, about 4 minutes.

For the fish coating, mix together the chopped cilantro stems and mayonnaise. Sprinkle the fillets with some salt and pepper, and then layer the mixture on.  Place the fish in with the green beans and continue to broil until the fish is cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.

The Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchen that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients from an episode, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don't forget to season!

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