Recipe courtesy of Ulrika Bengtsson

Pickled Arctic Char with Horseradish Cream and Lemon-Marinated Cucumber

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Arctic Char:

6 ounces boneless, skinless Arctic char

Kosher salt, as needed

4 tablespoons white wine vinegar

3 tablespoon sugar

1 (1-inch piece) fresh peeled ginger, chopped

Lemon-Marinated Cucumber Salad:

1 English cucumber, cut into 2-inch sections

2 lemons, juiced

1-inch section lemon peel

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons chopped dill

Sea salt

Horseradish Cream:

2 tablespoons grated fresh horseradish

2 tablespoons whipped cream

1 tablespoon sour cream

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Thinly sliced whole wheat bread (about 3 by 3-inches wide), as needed
  2. To make the Arctic Char: Thinly slice the Arctic char into 1/4-inch thick slices and rub them with kosher salt. In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, and ginger. Put the arctic char in the vinegar mix and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. To make the Lemon-Marinated Cucumber Salad: Using a Japanese-style mandolin, julienne the cucumber and transfer to a bowl. Add the lemon juice and peel, sugar, and dill. Season with sea salt, to taste.
  4. To make the Horseradish Cream: In a bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. To serve, spread the bread slices with the cream and top with the Arctic char and cucumber salad.