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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, you're left with a meaty, flavorful piece of fish that takes well to simple preparations.

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.