Eating Skate

You can eat skate, it sells in some places for over twelve bucks a pound. I have tossed thousands of dollars back into the surf. I have seen it for sale locally in restaurants as a special dish of the week, but not on the regular menu. Easy to catch, mildly easy to clean, and simple to cook so what are you waiting for? Time to start eating the trash fish.

You can eat ninety percent of the “trash” fish we all throw back and complain about catching. Skate is one of those “trash” fish. Rays, skates etc can all be prepared and eaten. We will discuss skate in this article.

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Skate wings cleaned and ready to be portioned .. photo by Larry Grover

Skate are probably the easiest catch in the surf. In fact if you aren’t catching skate, you are having a really bad day. So once you get one then what? How do you clean them, cook them? Should you even bother? Yes, you really need to try this at least once because if you like seafood you are going to love skate.

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Skate all breaded up and ready to be fried .. photo by Larry Grover

There are numerous videos on U Tube to clean skate and rays, more specifically you are cleaning the wings. Cutting the meat off a lot of bones, it is like filleting any fish just a tad different. Many use pliers to peel the skin and cut as you peel, kind of like a catfish. Some say it is easier to hold onto the whole skate to clean the wings, and then cut the wings off the main body. You will need gloves to avoid the skin spikes and keep a firm grip. The video below is one of the best I have seen to clean skate wings. It is rather easy to do, or at least he makes it look easy. You can always go to your local fish cleaning station and pay the guy to do it for you.

By the way, the meat will pulsate for hours after cleaning due to nerves, that is normal and fun to freak out your friends. Some people will let skate sit overnight in the fridge to “drain”. The meat is known as poor mans scallops and even lobster to some.

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Larry Grover recently caught and cooked a skate and I asked him to tell us a little about how he cooked it. You can cook skate to taste just like any other fish. There are also many recipes for cooking skate on the internet. If you have a favorite you would like to share send it to us, admin@delawsare-surf-fishing.com

I used the following to prepare my skate …
1 -1 1/2 pounds skate wing
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup butter
1/8 teaspoon old bay

1: Rinse skate. Cut the fish into 4- or 6-serving-size pieces, if necessary. Pat dry

2:Combine flour, salt,old bay, and pepper. Coat skate with flour mixture.

3:Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook half of the fish for 15
minutes or until the fish is golden brown and flakes easily with a fork. Turn the fish once halfway through cooking time.

4: Carefully add butter. Cook and stir until butter just browns. Remove from heat.Spoon sauce over skate.


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Larry Grover’s finished product skate and tots, because tots go with everything

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