17 January 2010

Skate Wings in Parsely Butter

If you had asked me about skate wings 6 years ago before we moved to Spain it would be fair to say that I would have been delving into the nearest recipe book to find out what to do with them.

Now though is a slightly different story, Skate is available every Tuesday and Friday from the Orce fish shop and finding a recipe is simply a case of ditching the cook book and asking the local fishmonger. Skate wings are lovely and meaty when cooked and this easy butter sauce adds lovely flavour.

This is a great lunch dish served with new potatoes and fresh greens.

You will need (serves 2):

2 small skate wings
Plain flour
75g butter
Handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
Squeeze of lemon juice
Salt and pepper


1. Wash the wings well and pat dry with kitchen paper, then dust with seasoned flour, shaking off the excess.

2. Melt a little of the butter in a large frying pan and fry the wings on a medium heat for 5 minutes or so on each side until golden. Remove and place on serving plates.

3. Add the rest of the butter to the frying pan and cook until it turns brown, taking care not to burn it, you could add a little olive oil to prevent burning. Take the pan off the heat, add the parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice.

4. Pour the sauce over the skate and serve.

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