Skate

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Other Names n/a Description Skate is a flat cartilaginous fish belonging to the family Rajidae. They have a flat, diamond shaped body and are similar in appearance to Rays. They differ from Rays in that their tails do not have a spine and they lay eggs in a tough sac rather than giving live birth. &...Skate
Skate

Other Names

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Description

Skate is a flat cartilaginous fish belonging to the family Rajidae. They have a flat, diamond shaped body and are similar in appearance to Rays. They differ from Rays in that their tails do not have a spine and they lay eggs in a tough sac rather than giving live birth.

The edible part are the "wings", which are covered in a rough thorny skin that must be removed prior to consumption. Once filleted, skate is very thin and has a segmented appearance as pictured above.

What's it taste like?

The mild flesh ranges is color from nearly white to brown when cooked and has a pleasantly fibrous texture similar to the breast meat of chicken.

Where do I get them?

It's not a very common fish here in the US and you will likely have to visit a fish monger to find it.

When is it best?

As with any fish, look for fillets with a smooth shiny surface without a strong fishy odor.

How do I use it?

Because the meat is thin and very delicate it's best to use a fast, high temperature preparation such as pan frying or deep frying.

Skate with wine braised Cipollini onions

Nutrition

High in protein, low in fat.