SKATE FOR TWO With Browned Butter, Almonds and Preserved Lemons
The skate wing may look intimidating at first, but once you see how easy and delicious this is, you will be seeking this out in restaurants and to make at home.
2 skate wings/fillets on the bone, preferred
Salt, freshly ground black pepper and flour
1 Tablespoon oil
3 Tablespoons sweet butter
¼ cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
4 slices of preserved lemon – flesh and pips removed, then diced
Optional - if preserved lemon not available – ¼ cups rinsed and drained capers
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1. Rinse and pat dry the skate wings
2. Season with salt and pepper. Lightly coat with flour, and shake off the excess.
3. Heat the oil in a sauté pan. Brown skate on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side, or until just cooked through (you will be able to flake off bone with a fork) Total cooking depends on thickness of the skate wing. Remove to a warm plate.
4. Remove used oil from the pan; add the butter and cook until it starts to brown, watch carefully so it doesn’t burn or turn black.
5. Once butter is nicely brown, lower heat and add the almonds, diced lemon rind (or capers) and the parsley. Check for seasoning.
6. Pour butter mixture over skate and serve hot.