175g/6oz butter, chopped, plus a
900g/2lb small skate wings
600ml/1pt fish stock
75ml/3fl oz malt vinegar
• To clarify the butter, melt in a pan over a low heat without stirring.
Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Skim off the foamy mixture from
the surface. Pour off the clear yellow liquid and reserve. Discard the
milky sediment left in the pan.
• Pat the skate dry with kitchen paper. Cut fillets from either side of the
cartilage using a sharp knife, cutting close to the cartilage. Place skin
side down on a chopping board and, using a sawing motion, cut along
the length of the wing. Cut into similar-sized pieces.
• Put the stock and vinegar in a large heavy pan, and bring to the boil.
Add the skate and poach for 8 minutes. Drain well and pat dry with
• Melt a little butter in a frying pan, and cook the skate for 1–2 minutes on
each side until tender. Put on a serving dish and keep warm.
• Heat the clarified butter in a pan until brown and foaming. Pour over the
skate, and serve immediately.