Kite-shaped skate have ‘wings’ with long, thin sections of juicy flesh either side of the backbone. Often overlooked, skate has a mildly pronounced, sweet flavour, actually fairly similar to scallops, firm, pink flesh that becomes off-white when cooked, and a high collagen content which gives it a distinct, firm to the touch texture.
Our fresh skate wings range in weight from 300g which will serve one person, up to 700g which will serve two.
Rays are common in the waters around Dorset and are sustainably caught by our local fleet of day boat netters.
Seasonality: All year.
Nutritional information per 100g:
Rich in vitamin B12, vitamin B6, selenium and phosphorous
ALLERGENS: Contains fish
Cook skate exactly as you would a flatfish, like plaice or lemon sole. As there are no bones, it’s a fish that’s very easy to cook – we suggest pan-frying, but you do have to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t overcook and dry out. When cooked the flesh should lift cleanly off the cartilage both sides of the wing.
Keep it simple, skate doesn’t require much more flavouring than seasoning, lemon and butter.
Best eaten immediately.
Store in the fridge between 0ºC-5ºC, and eat within 2-3 days.
If you don’t plan to eat within 3 days, then freeze on day of delivery and eat within 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight. Do not refreeze.
Locally caught, sustainable seafood
We're Weymouth's harbourside fishmonger, based in the historic Old Fish Market, with counters full of the freshest Dorset seafood and shellfish, landed daily on the quayside right outside the shop. We're a community business with strong ties to the local fleet, proud of our produce and its provenance, always ready to answer your questions or offer some expert advice.