Sunday, March 8, 2009

Skate with Brown Butter Sauce

If you haven't cooked skate before, I urge you to give it a try. It cooks quickly, the meat is flavorful so little more than a simple sauce is required, and it is fairly inexpensive. Inspired by a skate and brussel sprout dish I saw at Momofuku Noodle Bar, I served the fish with brussel sprouts that I roasted with bacon. The fish requires little in the way of a recipe since it is fairly versatile, but here are some general steps:

Skate with Brown Butter Sauce

  • 2 skate wings
  • kosher salt
  • flour, for dusting
  • 3 Tb butter
  • large splash of dry vermouth or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp capers
  1. Dry skate wings with a paper towel.
  2. Salt fish.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add half of the butter to skillet.
  4. Dust skate wings with flour.
  5. Add fish to skillet. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes total, turning once. Set fish aside.
  6. Add rest of butter to pan. Once melted, add splash of vermouth and capers.
  7. Cook butter and vermouth until sauce is reduced and nicely brown. Pour sauce over the skate and serve immediately.


  1. Brussel sprouts are a nice addition! Love skate. Always order it when it's on the menu at fancy restaurants.

  2. I would not have thought of putting skates together with Brussel sprouts, but they go very nicely together. Skate is one of my favorite seafoods to cook because it's so easy to prepare and is very economical. Thanks for the comment!



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