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May 9, 2014 04:00 PM

Skate cheeks?

I just bought a pound of skate cheeks because they look interesting and they were inexpensive. And ideas? There are very few recipes online.

Maybe, flour, lemon capers....

Please help!

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  1. Not sure how big skate cheeks are but one of the best sandwiches I ever ate was made with skate.

    1. I love skate, and glad you got a deal, but if you look at the anatomy of a skate, I don't think they actually have cheeks.

      It would be interesting to know what you actually bought!

      Simple is best -- dredge lightly in flour and saute lightly in butter and garnish with lemon.

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      1. I am thinking you have skate wings.

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        1. re: jpc8015

          They are skate cheeks! Kind of round, oval shape and they are the size of large scallops, but a little pink.

          1. re: roux42

            Odd. I have seen skate wings a million times. I have seen halibut cheeks a million times. Never once seen skate cheeks.

        2. I swear I learn something new every day... I was reading this thinking, poor fool doesn't realize he / she bought cut up skate chunks labeled as cheeks, given the texture of skate wing. Yet, I'm thinking, what would be the logic of taking something a bit off the beaten path yet still found in fine dining, such as skate wing, and then marketing as an even more esoteric food, ie skate cheeks? Certainly not as ingenious as Rocky Mountain oysters. So I googled it and sure enough, there a skate cheeks!

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          1. re: FattyDumplin

            Growing up with a dad who worked for Fisheries, we became connoisseurs of the fish cheek and would battle over who got them. I still try to nab 'em when I'm out dining with others and we order any kind of whole fish but I've never had whole skate, so wasn't sure how big they would be.

            1. re: grayelf

              fish cheeks I knew -- and was just commiserating a couple of weeks ago about how grouper cheeks used to be cheap, because nobody wanted the scraps -- but I honestly didn't think that the anatomy of a skate would allow for cheeks.

              We all learn new things -- the article I posted above was pretty interesting.

              they look to be a very nice size, too.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Gah -- No, Ipse! Back away from the deep fryer!

              Skate is subtle and delicate -- breading and deepfrying them would be approximately the same as swatting gnats with a would most assuredly get the job done, but far too heavy-handed than is necessary!