Skate With Green Herb Sauce Recipe

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.

Skate With Green Herb Sauce Recipe
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  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 skate wings
  • all-purpose flour
  • 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.
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