Seared Arctic Char Hand Rolls

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This sushi recipe, a version of a hand roll inspired by chef Bun Lai’s creative sushi recipes, uses blanched Swiss chard instead of the traditional nori as the wrapper for the sushi roll.

Seared Arctic Char Hand Rolls
photographer: Carin Krasner
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 70 minutes

  • 1 pound center-cut arctic char or wild salmon, skinned

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 large chard leaves

  • 32 thin, long thin strips carrot (from 1 large carrot)

  • 32 thin strips seeded tomato (from 2 medium tomatoes)

  • 32 sprigs fresh cilantro

  • 16 asparagus spears (halved lengthwise if thick), trimmed

  • 16 thin strips ripe, but firm mango (from 1 mango)

  • 4 ounces radish sprouts , pea shoots or other sprouts

  1. To prepare fish: Cut fish crosswise into 3 equal portions. Sprinkle both sides with salt. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

  2. Place a paper towel-lined plate next to the stove. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat until it’s shimmering. Carefully add one portion of fish and cook for 8 seconds. Using a large spatula in one hand and a fork in the other, very carefully turn the fish over and cook for 8 seconds more. Remove to the plate. Repeat with the remaining two portions of fish, cooking one at a time. Let cool.

  3. Cut the fish across the grain into very thin slices. For the prettiest slices, position the knife on the fish starting at the side opposite you and, in one fluid motion, pull the knife toward you through the fish.

  4. To prepare hand rolls: Cut out the center rib from each chard leaf, leaving two long pieces of chard. Drop the leaves into a pot of boiling water just until they soften, 20 to 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool. (Leave the pot of boiling water on the stove.) Spread the leaves out on a clean towel; pat dry with another towel. Add asparagus to the boiling water and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of ice water to cool. Drain well; pat dry.

  5. Place one piece of chard leaf on a clean cutting board. Place 3 to 4 slices fish, 4 strips each of carrot and tomato, 4 cilantro sprigs, 2 asparagus spears, 2 mango slices and a big pinch of sprouts on the bottom 2 to 3 inches of the leaf, allowing the longer ingredients to overhang one side.

  6. Roll and tuck the chard leaf around the ingredients so it’s rolled closed on one side and left open on the opposite side, similar to the shape of an ice cream cone. Trim the bottom of the roll, if necessary, for a flat base. Serve standing upright.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size
1 roll
9 g
14 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
14 g
32 mg
Dietary Fiber
3 g
584 mg
394 mg
8 servings
1 roll each
1 vegetable
1 1/2 lean meat
2 fat
Vitamin A
128% daily value
VItamin C
47% dv
23% dv
17% dv

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