Asian-inspired Arctic Char cake sliders are moist, delicious, open-faced sandwiches that pack fresh Asian flavors, beautifully grilled baguette and the freshness of a spring slaw, for a tongue tantalizing experience!
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Asian-Inspired Arctic Char cake sliders feature the amazing rich robust flavor of Icelandic Arctic Char which is available at The Italian Centre Shop downtown, close to their deli counter. We have enhanced the notes of this fish with some fresh hints of ginger and lemongrass, and with some fun chopping formed into a succulent patty full of flavor and texture.
[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]
Asian-inspired this is one culture that truly inspires me in my cooking and recipe developing. From that day way back in my life when I was introduced to the flavors, till now, it gets me excited to create fusion recipes that for me are fun to come up with and more so very delicious to eat.
I have to say right now my life has taken on quite a bit of stress, family illness, heavy workloads and too much to do have left me feeling like I am at a crossroads in my life. It is at these times that I turn inward and ask for guidance and when I do ask the answer remains the same: go have some fun, do things you enjoy. I have to say the inner advice is good and makes sense. When there is lots of negative knocking at your door and those stress levels exceed that 70 percent mark for me, it is a good time to do something I love doing and one of those things besides losing my self in the music room playing my instruments, is cooking. Not just getting into the kitchen and frying something in the pan, I mean really diving into those creative juices to create a delicious dish that not only tastes wonderful but is also visually appealing.
So, with that being said, that is exactly what I have done. This recipe Asian-inspired Arctic Char cake sliders took me from the folds of stress and overwork to having a smile and relaxing to a delicious zen dinner.
Strolling the isles of The Italian Centre Shop for ingredients to create this Asian-inspired Arctic Char cake slider!
Nothing relaxes me more than going to the Italian Centre Shop and wandering the isles. I love the background noises, the aromas, and all those wonderful and interesting ingredients. I always leave feeling that I have escaped for a bit to someplace else and a smile on my face which makes me feel so much better.
So, as you can see, just a few spices such as lemongrass, ginger, coriander, some crushed garlic and a few other flavor enhancers and we are set to get this wonderful Arctic Char, Asian-inspired. I have to be honest, I was inspired by Jamie Oliver also. I was watching his 15-minute meals and he was creating something similar to these cakes using salmon. What intrigued me was one, the fact that he did not use any egg or breadcrumb to form the patties, and two, the fish was all hand cut. So taking those notes and applying them you can see that the texture of These Asian-inspired Arctic Char cake sliders is a blend of finely minced combined with chunkier pieces of the Arctic Char. This will create a wonderfully moist and tender slider.
I love chopping, I find it relaxes me and I have a chance to keep mindfulness at the forefront of what I do. Slaw is a perfect way to hone those knife skills and when you are done you can dig your hands into those strands of green cabbage, carrots, green onion and purple cabbage and toss it delighting in all those lovely colors. Look at that Arctic Char, doesn't that look beautiful? The color, variance in texture, and the aroma of all those wonderful spices, I am thinking this could easily be a delicious poke bowl! You will have to stay tuned to see if that one hits my creation board.
The other thing is the richness of the fish oils and those spices are enough to hold its shape, just a bit of pressure and a cookie ring and the patties begin to appear.
With the BBQ all fired up and a nice cast pan heating some delicious olive oil we are ready for that sizzling sound as these Arctic Char sliders hit the pan. I love outdoor cooking, hearing our pond and waterfall, the smell of the flowers blooming, the birds playing in the water, boy, that stress is so far from me now.
These Asian-inspired Arctic Char cake sliders smell amazing. I love how the natural juices of this fish in combination with the spices just caramelize on the surface of the patties and those crispy browned bits begin to appear. I also have the slices of baguette grilling, which I better not forget about or we will be having cajun sliders. Excuse for a minute while I tend to the sliders and bread.
I am back, the sliders are all cooked and resting, the bread is on a plate with those grill marks nice and visible, all I have to do is dress the slaw which is easy, a quick toss with a sauce that I created using various condiments in the fridge including mayo, sriracha sauce, chili paste, and a little bit of love, and into the slaw it goes. A quick toss and we are ready to assemble.
I made this open-faced as one it would be less filling and really I wanted to let the Arctic Char sliders shine. Assembly pretty easy: bread, some slaw, the Arctic Char patty, and a garnish of green onion. I bite in and wow the juices of the patty are running down my chin, napkin, please! I love the flavors coming through, that rich robust flavor of the fish, those hits or ginger, and lemongrass, the way the sesame oil and crushed garlic linger in those mixed morsels of Arctic Char goodness. The bread has that slight char and the slaw just brightens everything with its crispness and dichotomy of sweet and acidic notes.
This is a perfect outdoor meal. The sun is shining, there are beautiful sounds and aromas in the air, I think all I am missing is a nice glass of chilled Chardonnay and a comfortable chair with my feet up and I can honestly say I am in heaven!
Get to The Italian Centre Shop and linger in their isles and surprise yourself with something new. Don't forget to stop in the fish section always close to the deli and pick up some fresh Arctic Char, and really enjoy yourself while creating and later feasting on these Asian- inspired Arctic Char cake sliders. Don't forget the wine or a cold beer or whatever your heart desires.
- about 500 g fresh Arctic char
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped ginger
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped lemongrass
- 1 tsp crushed coriander
- salt and pepper to taste
- couple pinches Chinese 5 spice
- ½ lime, squeezed
For the coleslaw dressing:
- 2 Tbsp mayo
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- ½ tsp sriracha
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tsp red chili paste
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- pepper and salt
- 1 cup green cabbage shredded
- 1 cup red cabbage shredded
- 2 stalks of green onion chopped into fine rounds
- baguette bread, sliced and toasted
- Fillet skin off of Arctic Char.
- Cut fillet in half.
- Using a sharp knife cut fish into fine pieces creating a mince.
- Take second half and cut into small cubes and combine with the minced portion and place in a bowl.
- Add ginger, lemongrass, coriander, parsley, salt and pepper, soy sauce and lime. Blend well, cover, and place in the refrigerator for one hour.
- While fish is marinating, get a bowl and combine all the ingredients for the coleslaw dressing. Whisk well and place in the refrigerator.
- In a large bowl, combine green and red cabbage, and onion. Toss and set aside.
- Take Arctic Char out of the fridge, scoop some into a 2 ½ inch round cutter, fill to top and press firmly. Release from the cutter and set on a plate. Continue this until all the arctic char is used up.
- Place a drizzle of olive oil into a pan, heat to a medium to high heat and place cakes into pan. Cook for about 3 minutes and flip over. Continue cooking for an additional 3 minutes, take out of the pan and let stand for a few minutes.
- While cakes are cooking, toast slices of baguette in the oven until golden in color.
- Toss coleslaw with the dressing and then place slaw on baguette slice, and finish with the Arctic Char cake and a small drizzle of the slaw dressing.
- Ready to serve. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Main, Fish
- Method: Grilling
- Cuisine: Asian inspired
When I am not cooking, I enjoy playing musical instruments, singing, writing. I have learned over the years to live in gratitude and enjoy the moment.