Recipe: Skate with Orange Hazelnut Brown Butter Sauce

One of the great advantages about going to culinary school is that I have a host of award-winning, world known and just darn good chefs around me at every moment I am in the classroom/kitchen.  Our fish fabrication instructor, Chef Scargle, walked me through creating this dish during the day we fabricated skate.  For this of you who don’t know what skate is, it is a non-bony white fish that looks like a small ray:


Skate Wing.....


The wing of the skate is normally the only thing eaten on the fish.  I found the flesh to be quite light, flaky and tender… many ways it has the same characteristics that make tipilia so popular.  The fish combined with the sauce is truly a wonderful sensory experience and is perfect for a Fall evening dinner party.  Besides, the skate wing, once fabricated, almost look like angel wings, so presentation-wise it is a show stopper.

Let me know what you think………

Skate with Orange Hazelnut Brown Butter Sauce

Serves 3-4


* 1-2 pounds skate wings, filleted and skinned
* 8 T unsalted butter
* Flour for dusting
* 1/4 fresh squeezed orange juice
* 1/8 cup toasted hazelnuts
* 1 tablespoon fresh juilenned sage
* Salt
* Pepper


Take the skate wings out of the fridge, salt and let stand for 10 minutes.

Heat a pan over high heat for 3 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium-high and put in 4 tablespoons butter.

Combine pepper and flour in shallow bowl.  Meanwhile, dredge the skate wings in flour and shake off the excess. Fry in the butter over medium heat, about 2-3 minutes per side. Be careful when turning, their odd muscle structure makes them difficult to flip without breaking.

Remove the skate wings to a warm oven and add the remaining tablespoons of butter. Cook over medium heat until the butter is a light brown and add a pinch of salt. Add orange juice, sage and hazelnuts — it will spatter. Scrape any bits that may have stuck on the bottom and cook for 1 minute.

Plate skate and drizzle sauce over fillet.  Serve immediately.

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