Pan-Fried Arctic Char with Garam Masala, Broccolini and Yogurt Sauce
Pan-Fried Arctic Char with Garam Masala, Broccolini and Yogurt Sauce Photo courtesy of Jody Horton

Getting dinner on the table after a long day at work can be notoriously challenging. (As evidence, we present our massive collection of takeout menus.) Fortunately, authors like Carla Snyder understand our plight. In her new cookbook, One Pan, Two Plates, Snyder solves our dinnertime dilemma by offering more than 70 one-pot weeknight meals for two. Dishes like this pan-fried arctic char promise impressive results for minimal effort; we loved that this seafood supper pumped up the flavor with garam masala and a tangy yogurt sauce while also delivering a healthy dose of omega-3s.

  • Makes 2 servings
  • Start to Finish: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Two 6-ounce skin-on arctic char or salmon fillets

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon garam masala

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1-2 bunches (about 6 ounces) broccolini, trimmed

1 garlic clove, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon peeled and minced ginger

¼ cup dry white wine

⅓ cup nonfat Greek or similarly thick yogurt

1 teaspoon lemon juice, plus more for seasoning

1 teaspoon finely chopped mint leaves

2 tablespoons finely chopped pistachios, toasted

Directions

1. Pat the fillets dry and cut each piece crosswise into three equal pieces. Sprinkle the fillets with salt and pepper and ¼ teaspoon of the garam masala. Set aside.

2. In a large lidded skillet set over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the broccolini and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccolini are bright green, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining ¼ teaspoon garam masala, the garlic, ginger and a pinch of pepper. Cook until the garlic and ginger are fragrant, about 1 minute. Move the broccolini to one side of the skillet to make room for the fish.

3. Warm the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the empty side of the skillet, then add the fish, skin side down, and cook for 3 minutes. Flip the fish over with a thin-edged spatula, and then add the wine. Cover the skillet, reduce the heat to low and cook the fish and broccolini for 4 minutes longer. Remove the skillet from the heat and let it sit and steam, covered, until the fish is cooked through and the broccolini is tender but still has some bite to it, about 2 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the yogurt with the lemon juice and mint until combined. Season to taste with salt, pepper and additional lemon juice, if desired. Set aside.

5. Arrange the fish and broccolini on two plates and spoon the yogurt sauce over the fillets. (Alternatively, serve the sauce on the side.) Garnish the fish and broccolini with the pistachios and serve immediately.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • Check out more weeknight meals from One Pan, Two Plates.

  • Snyder recommends serving this dish with a medium-bodied Pinot Noir. Her favorites include those from Willamette Valley producers like Erath and the Etude label from California.

  • Look for the Indian spice blend known as garam masala in the spice section of your grocery store or online.

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