Skate With Green Herb Sauce Recipe

Feb 28, 2012 6:01 pm

An easy new fish recipe in 20 minutes or less!

skate recipe
Photo: Andy Sewell
Skate is an inexpensive, easy-to-cook fish — just keep it simple with an easy recipe for herb sauce.

It may look like you're eating any other fillet of fish, but when it comes to skate, it's all about wings. They're not actually the wing of the fish or even a fish at all (see: Buffalo wings), but the enormous pectoral fin of a shark known as skate. Once the leathery skin is wrested off — a task you should probably leave to your fishmonger — you're left with a meaty, flavorful piece of fish that takes well to simple preparations.

Skate has a reputation of spoiling quickly for a reason, so make sure you buy the freshest wings possible and use them the same day. 

Servings: 4


2 tablespoons basil leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
2 tablespoons capers, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
juice of 1 lemon, strained
6 tablespoons olive oil
4 skate wings
all-purpose flour, for dusting
Salt and pepper
  1. Put the basil, chives, capers, parsley, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice in a bowl. Stir in half the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan or skillet. Dust the skate wings with flour, season with salt and pepper and add to the pan.
  3. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until the flesh has turned snowy white and is beginning to come away from the cartilage.
  4. Pour the prepared herb sauce over the fish and cook over low heat for another few minutes, then transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately.
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
15 minutes
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