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Feb 15, 2005 03:06 PM

Skate Ideas for Tonight?

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Just picked up some beautiful skate wings for dinner tonight. I was going to coat them in panko and saute in butter/EVOO, but glancing around online I get the sneaking suspicion that I'm obliged to poach them in a court bouillon instead. Any suggestions for easy recipes? Nothing too overwhelming -- I don't want to disguise the taste of the fish. And would rice or couscous be a decent accompaniment? Or do I need to stick with potatoes of some sort?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I dunno-- I think poached skate would be a waste. Instead, coat in a bit of flour and saute, then make a pan sauce of brown butter and capers (this is a classic French preparation of skate and very easy-- add some lemon too if you'd like). Potatoes would go best with it this way.

    I love skate. Is it just me or is it becoming more and more available?

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    1. re: Spade

      I hope it is becoming more available. In one shop where I asked for it the fish person told me they did not stock it because it was such a pain to filet. In this benighted town where I live fresh fish is almost impossible to get unless you want that nasty farmed salmon. I can get frozen skate at our local oriental market but fresh is just not something I am hoping to see soon. But any time it is on the menu it is what I'm having. With frites in warm weather and mashed in cold.

      1. re: Spade

        I second this classic preparation; brown butter and skate are a perfect match. Def. would pan fry as opposed to poach. I would also finish w/ some fresh parsley. An alternative to potatoes: haricot vert (or green beans) w/ toasted chopped hazelnuts.

        1. re: Carb Lover

          Finish with sliced almonds...lightly browned in butter.

      2. I like it coated with salt and pepper and pan seared, or even grilled (on a Foreman, or stovetop grill).

        I like my fish with a minimal amount of fuss, so you might like this if you're like me.