April 12th, 2011

Pan-Roasted East Coast Skate, Anchovy and Broccoli Pickle

Nothing beats a delicious fresh skate wing, pan-roasted with a crisp golden crusty outside and the flaky stringy flesh. We are spoilt rotten here at the British Larder. We have the best suppliers we possibly could find!! That is a fact! You can read a bit more about our loyal and local suppliers on our pub website britishlardersuffolk.co.uk.

We choose to only buy ingredients from people who care about food the same way we do. The guys and girls from Pinney’s in Orford do care and so does Chris from Maximus sustainable fishing. They both bluntly admit when there is no fish to catch and sell to us due to stock levels, but when it is there we are some of the very lucky few who actually manage to get our hands on this lovely fresh fish. I have never seen a whole skate ray before so when we asked Pinney’s to bring us a whole one they were eager and happy, and the next day George Pinney came with this beauty.

It did urge me to learn a bit more about this delicious fish. Skates are cartilaginous fish belonging to the family of rays. This means they are boneless creatures with two wings. Skate wings are the parts that are eaten and there are always two wings per fish. If you are worried about the huge fishing problem we are facing then do not hesitate to ask your fishmonger or in our case the fisherman direct where they catch the fish, whether they have a quota and to simply ask them what their view is on sustainable fishing. Let’s face it – all fishermen with a conscience will ensure they do the right thing as this is their livelihood, and if they do not help to look after the ocean now then there is no trade to pass on to their children and grandchildren.

As skate is a meaty fish I have chosen to serve it simply with an easy and delicious seasonal homemade anchovy and broccoli pickle made in minutes. It’s very easy and quick for those mid-week suppers.

Pan-Roasted Skate

  • 2 skate wings, evenly sized
  • 1tbs unsalted butter
  • Maldon Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Season the skate wings on both sides. Heat a non-stick frying pan - once warm but not smoking hot add the butter, when the butter starts to foam add the fish presentation side down first, pan-fry for 3 -4 minutes, turn the fish over and continue cooking for a further 3 – 4 minutes on the reverse side. Once cooked let the skate rest for 2 minutes, transfer to a serving plate and serve with the anchovy and broccoli pickle.

Anchovy and Broccoli Pickle

  • 8 pieces of silver skin anchovies, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 2tbs capers, drained and chopped
  • 80g green olives, diced
  • 100g broccoli blanched very quickly and refreshed in ice water
  • 100g kale blanched and quickly refreshed in ice water
  • 2tbs chopped mixed tarragon, chives and parsley
  • ½ green chilli, seeds removed and finely sliced
  • 80ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 25ml sherry vinegar
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • Maldon Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Roughly shred the blanched broccoli and kale. Mix with the rest of the ingredients and season to taste, leave to marinade for 20 minutes. Serve the pickle with the pan-roasted skate wing.

Serves 2

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5 Comments to “Pan-Roasted East Coast Skate, Anchovy and Broccoli Pickle”

  1. Local Lass says:

    Yum, yum, and yum again. Sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on some skate. Failing that, I will just make the pickle. Sounds like it would be ace with salmon, cutting through the richness.

  2. I got a whole wing with bones for the first time a few years ago. The bones are beautiful and although it is messier to eat, it is so delicious. They really are an under appreciated fish. Your dish is gorgeous and I can imagine all the flavors would compliment the skate magnificently!

  3. Rachel K says:

    Simply delicious.

  4. Ruth says:

    This looks divine! I think I need to save this recipe for this weekend!

  5. Theldry says:

    Hands down, no question, I would order this from The British Larder menu, regardless of what else you had on. It looks fab! Your broccoli pickle is something I must try at home.

    For a time I became fascinated by skate nobs and bits but I never took the plunge to buy them. Are these things you’ve cooked with?


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