Thursday, March 7, 2013

Get Your Skate On!

  Here's another Friday fish recipe. It uses a very unique, tasty and often unfamiliar fish called Skate. Now, Skate is a type of ray fish. I know it sounds scary, but it’s a very tasty fish--delicate, buttery, and mild in flavor. You can sometimes find this at the grocery store in the fish department, most likely at high end market. Also, if you have a local fish market, you can find it there.  

It may look a little strange in the store, but the taste of Skate is wonderful!

I know Skate may seem a little strange to look at but the taste is so worth it! The flavor is delicate and sensual. To me, it is the most sexy feeling fish to eat.  The feeling in your mouth is like none other.. The sauce, a black butter sauce, is rich, tangy and nutty tasting. And it has one of my favorites in it--capers!  So why not try something a little different this Friday and get your Skate on. Warning: You might experience a foodgasm.

Skate with Beurre Noir (black butter and caper sauce)
serves 2
Caper Butter Sauce
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter
juice of 2 lemons (about ½ cup)
4 tablespoons capers
Dash salt

2 lb skate wing (1-2 skate wing “fillets”), skinned
6-8 tablespoons flour
Dash salt and pepper
2-4 tablespoons butter

For sauce, melt butter (2 sticks) in a saucepan. Over low heat cook the butter until it develops a dark golden brown color (it will have a nice nutty aroma to it). Stir in the lemon juice, capers and season to taste. Set aside (you can make this before or at the same time as the skate).

Season the skate with salt and pepper. Dust the skate wings with flour. In hot sauté pan (over medium high to high heat) cook the fish until it is light brown and crispy on both sides. Immediately plate and serve the skate with the caper butter sauce.

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