Skate Wing Recipes

A Simple Dish Suitable For Beginners

We should probably say at the outset that there is evidence that skate populations are at risk in several parts of the world. In UK waters the problem is even worse. The reduction in stocks of the common skate is such that it is prohibited to land and retain the fish in EU waters. The world conservation union now regard the common skate as being 'Critically Endangered' and they should not be eaten.

If you live outside of the EU you need check with your local marine conservation authority for the status of skate and rays locally.

This dish sounds quite elegant yet it's simple and inexpensive to put together. Our skate recipe is below, all the successful recipes are stored in the Recipe Directory. If you try our skate recipe or have a version of your own we'd love to hear from you.

You will find an abundance of skate wings in Kent when they are in season and they can be found in most supermarkets all the year around. When you buy them fresh you'll benefit from excellent value as there is often a glut that makes prices competitive. I rarely plan to cook skate, rather I buy it up when I see it's at a good price. Skate is much underrated, it's really easy to deal with (no filleting or gutting) tastes great, no small bones to worry about and can be oven baked, pan fried, steamed or poached.

I find that two wings per person is about right for a main course but it all depends how big they are. I'm not particularly fussy about ingredients, but you need to use fresh juniper berries to get any value from them at all in this recipe.

Skate Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Skate Cooking Time:
15-20 minutes

Ingredients: Serves 4

8 medium sized Skate Wings (two per person)
120g butter
3 tbsp of capers
3 tbsp of juniper berries
Large dollop of fresh cream
Salt and pepper

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Coat the wings in seasoned flour then fry for about five minutes both sides with a knob of butter, medium gas putting the wings in when the pan is already hot. If anything burns or blackens you have the pan too hot.
  2. Melt the remaining butter on a moderate heat, add half the cream and juniper berries, keep stirring for about five minutes then add the rest of the cream and salt and pepper to taste, stir until the sauce is the same consistence (just a few minutes).
  3. Try serving; with mashed potatoes and pan fried courgettes.

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Given that at the time of writing common skate populations are endangered, the landing and retaining of skate in EU waters is forbidden there isn't much call for this recipe at the current time. Please see our disclaimer. If you have views about skate generally and our recipes in particular we'd like to hear from you.