SKATE WINGS WITH LEMON CAPER SAUCE

Skate wings are considered a delicacy in parts of Europe, especially France but in New Zealand it is relatively under rated and not often served by the home cook.  Skate wings are a cheap alternative to other species and very easy to cook.  They have a soft texture and delicate flavor, enhanced when served with a warmed tangy or spicy sauce such as lemon caper or green salsa.Skate wings are considered a delicacy in parts of Europe, especially France but in New Zealand it is relatively under rated and not often served by the home cook.  Skate wings are a cheap alternative to other species and very easy to cook.  They have a soft texture and delicate flavor, enhanced when served with a warmed tangy or spicy sauce such as lemon caper or green salsa.

Ingredients  (serves 2)

2 boneless, skinless Skate wings
Freshly ground salt and pepper
½ cup of milk
2 TBspn seasoned flour (seasoning can be a pinch of chilli powder and/or fish seasoning herbs)
4 TBspn cooking oil (light olive oil or macadamia oil)
4 TBspn butter
Juice two fresh lemons
2 TBspn capers (drained)
Chopped parsley (to garnish)

Method

Place Skate wings in a large glass dish, single layer and pour over the milk.  Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and sea salt, refrigerate for 2 hours – turning wings over.

Remove from refrigerator, drain and pat dry with paper towel.

Scatter seasoned flour over a large plate and drag the wings through the mix - shake off any excess flour

Heat 3 TBspn of oil in a large non-stick frying pan, cook each wing separately 2-3 minutes each side until golden and slightly crispy.  Transfer onto a platter and place in a hot oven.

Using the same pan, heat the remaining oil, add the butter and once it has melted stir in the lemon juice, cook for a few minutes or until the sauce starts to bubble.  Add the capers.

Remove the platter from the oven and pour sauce over the wings, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

This is delicious served with fresh new potatoes and a garden salad or fresh steamed asparagus.

Instead of the lemon caper sauce it can also be served with a warm green salsa.