Seafood

SILKY SKATE WITH PECAN CRUST AND ORANGE

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February 21, 2020
Author Notes

Ever since I first tasted the unique silkiness of skate, i fell in love with it. The only skate you find in restaurants is the same old brown butter caper treatment which I do not like. Here's my latest skate invention. Hope you like it! —LeBec Fin

  • Prep time 40 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 pound skate wing that has been de-boned (use bones [cartillage] for fish stock)
  • 1/2 cup finely ground raw pecans[stop grinding before they clump]
  • 1/2 cup any flour
  • generous sea salt, fresh ground black pepper [medium ground]
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO[extra virgin olive oil]
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/2-1 orange, seeded
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Combine pecans, flour, s & p, and spread on a half sheet pan. Press skate wing onto mixture, patting down to help coating to cover it. turn it over, press down well, and patch missing coating. Move remaining flour mixture to open side of pan. Repeat coating with the remaining wings.
  2. in large non-stick pan, melt butter with evoo. On low heat. cook garlic , keeping it soft and not browning. Remove garlic from pan. Turn heat higher and add skate wings and sautee 4-5 minutes per side til just firm, continually scraping bottom of pan to remove burning flour bits. While plating the finished skate, repeat sauteeing the remaining skate. Top skate with minced garlic.
  3. Serve skate with curry or moroccan- flavored cooked quinoa [ i cheat with Trader Joe's frozen " Quinoa Duo"] or couscous, or flavorful cooked white beans, and greens like spinach or broccolini. Squeeze orange over skate.

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