Friday, September 2, 2011

Skate Wing

I met my first skate wing at Jacky's Bistro in Evanston.  We were in the mood for seafood.  Skate wing was on the menu.  We decided to give it a try.  "Would you like the roe?" queried the waiter.  "Absolutely" said I.  I was hoping I wouldn't end up having to hide it in my napkin!!  Not a chance!  The skate wing, a member of the Ray family, was simply prepared and mild tasting.  The roe was delicious.  I can't imagine that it wasn't a delicious kitchen snack for the workers if turned down by a diner.

Skate wing is a slow growing fish that is in danger of being over caught.  For that reason, it isn't readily available in markets or restaurants.  When you can find it, snatch is up.  We've enjoyed it a number of times at Jacky's but, alas, the restaurant has closed.  It is available at Fox and Obel occasionally and we always shop there prepared to bring some home if possible.



Skate Wing

1 pound skate wing (off the bone)
Flour
Salt and pepper
4 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup dry white wine

1.  Remove the skate wing from the refrigerator, lightly salt and pepper and let stand 15 minutes.
2.  In a cast iron skillet over medium high heat, melt two Tbsp of the butter until bubbly.
3.  Lightly dredge the skate wing in the flour, add to the pan and saute for three minutes on each side.  Remove to warm oven.
4.  Add the remaining two Tbsp of butter to the pan and stir until starting to brown.  Add the wine and stir to deglaze.  Pour over the skate wing and serve.

ENJOY!

25 comments:

  1. doesn't look like fish. when i saw the post title I thought you had been roller skating and caught the ring. LOL

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  2. I thought it was a turnover until I read your post! NTW, I love your new header, yummy!

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  3. Bonnie,
    I have had this and it was delicious. Never offered the roe....
    Carol

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  4. Learn something new everyday. I have never heard of this before? Does look like a wing, that is for sure. I have not had Ray either so I would not know what it taste like.

    Looks like a turnover with fork marks.

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  5. Bonnie, I have never tried skate, but it looks lovely on the plate. I will keep my eye out for it on a menu. Bonnie

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  6. LOL I also thought you had gotten into roller skating--in the wings of course! It looks delicious but I have never heard of this before. Your posts are always so informative! And I love your new header if I hadn't said before!

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  7. Have enjoyed skate wing often in France. Have never found it in the US. We absolutely love it. I could sit down at your table right now!!!

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  8. Learn something everyday. hahaha
    I grew up on the Gulf Coast and I am ashamed to admit I never heard of this fish.
    Makes me wonder sometimes if I have walked around blind folded most of my life.
    Hope your doing well. I miss coming by here. I can not tell you how far behind I am in blogging.
    Enjoyed my visit
    Love
    Maggie

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  9. I enjoyed this post. I have never heard of skate wing, it's a perfect name for this member of the ray family.


    Velva

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  10. I have a five oz Nikon Coopix that fits in my pocket and it goes with me every where. it does fine on macro and scenes like the beach but will not take a good shot of something like a bird. i missed so many bird shots i nearly cried. i always take an extra battery for the rebel in my pocket and did NOT

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  11. Look yumm ! and love your new header! gloria

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  12. Gosh, I've never heard of this before! Does it look like a manta ray, only smaller? And do people eat ray? Whenever I hear of manta rays now, I think of Steve Irwin.

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  13. Wow..I really woluld like to taste it once in my life!!!
    HAve a wonderful weekend, hugs, Flavia

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  14. I've never heard of this before. From your picture I thought it might be some sort of pastry!!! What interesting things we learn via blogland! I often try your recipes, but seriously doubt I could even FIND Skate Wing in East Tennessee!
    Best,
    Susan

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  15. I've seen it.. on TV.. I have not tried it..so pretty.You made me want to try.
    We LOVE fish.

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  16. Well, I'll be doggone!!! I've never heard of Skate Wing.. Is it mild like Tilapia???? It looks great --and IF you'll fix it for me, I will eat it!!!!! ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. Bonnie, I've never had skate wing, but you have sure made me want to try some. I will be keeping an eye out for it.

    Your words today in your comment are so very beautiful. Thank you. blessings ~ tanna

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  18. I've never heard of skatewing, but I love fish and I'll keep an eye out for it! Thanks for introducing us to a new fish!

    Mary

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  19. I had to smile. I never turn down any food goodie offered either, even if it is a bit unusual. I even ate bull in Provence. The skate looks delicious and I would love to try the roe.

    I was curious if skate was a stingray, but I think it's not. A huge stingray swam under my feet when I was sitting under the dock one time. He was beautiful, but he really gave me a scare.
    Sam

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  20. Looks wonderful! and so simple. You seem top get around the city and suburbs some... I used to get Skate Wing at Supreme Lobster. It is on North Avenue around Villa Park.

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  21. Have never seen this before; what a treat.
    Rita

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  22. I've read about skate wing but never have had the opportunity to try it. Next time we are at Fox & Obel I will try to remember to ask for it. I always love to try something new.

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  23. I've never tried this fish. It really does look like a wing :) Oh, and I love your new header picture - so pretty!

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  24. This is the first time I hear of this fish, I don't think we can get this here. I would love to find out how it taste. It looks so lovely and delicious.

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