Skate with Black Butter

Every time I’ve been near a fish monger recently I’ve been looking for skate but I never did see any, I then read somewhere that the skate population is in danger due to overfishing. I then saw some Ray wings in the fish monger which I’m told is very similar to skate so bought that to try..

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I’d only bought one wing to try which weighed 350g, and it’s not the prettiest looking bit of fish..

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There’s no advice on how long to simmer the fish in the salted water for, so I left it in for about 7 minutes and by then it did feel pretty soft and bits were starting to flake away..

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I put the fish into a warm oven while I made the sauce. I halved the sauce ingredients and started by browning the butter..

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Then I added the vinegar and capers and that all transformed into a frothy sauce..

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I gave that a couple of minutes to bubble away and then poured over the fish..

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The smell from the sauce is pretty good! The fish is lovely and soft and sort of pulls off the bone really easily. It’s quite a delicate flavour, the sauce is quite rich yet sharp from the vinegar and capers but I did love it with the fish.

Would I make this again? Yes, and wish I’d made more..

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