Skate wings—which are oversized pectoral fins made of cartilage—sometimes get a bad rap, maybe because they spoil quickly. They are delicious, underutilized, and inexpensive, and we think they should be celebrated! Their flavor is often compared to that of scallops.
It is true that skate are best when super fresh. If you are not planning to cook the night you pick up your fish, best to either freeze it 😠 or opt for the grouper instead. Seafood Watch rates skate a "Good Alternative." Low mercury level.
1 lb. for $15.00
8 oz. for $7.50*
-- Pan-Fried Skate Wings With Capers (adapted from Pierre Franey / The New York Times)
-- Baked Skate with Cucumbers, Capers, Tomatoes, and Dill (Monahan's Seafood)