Fried Skate Wings with tartare sauce


The thick and meaty Skate wings are one of the tastiest fish around. I love them simply fried or poached with some fresh lemon juice and tangy tartare sauce. The flesh of the skate wings just slides away from the soft bones with ease once cooked thoroughly. You can make tartare sauce from scratch by using a whole egg, vinegar and oil, but I cheat using mayonnaise and lemon juice with chopped gherkins and herb.

Ingredients (serves 2)

2 skate wings cut in half if big

2 tablespoons plain flour

½ teaspoon ground white pepper

½ teaspoon salt

Olive oil or cooking oil for frying

3 heaped tablespoons mayonnaise

Freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 gherkin chopped

1 teaspoon chopped parsley

Lemon wedges to serve


  1. Mix flour, pepper and salt and put on a shallow plate. Coat skate wings evenly with the seasoned flour. Shake off excess flour.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan about 2cm in depth over medium heat. When the oil is hot, slide skate wings in. 2 at a time , do not overcrowd the frying  pan.
  3. Cook for 3-4 minutes until one side is golden, turn over and cook the other side. Be careful not to splash hot oil all over your stove.   You can test the fish by inserting the tip of a sharp knife along a bone and if the meat inside is completely white and falls away from the bone it is cooked.
  4. Drain on kitchen paper.
  5. Meanwhile, mix mayo, lemon juice, gherkin and herb in a small mixing ball. Season to taste if you like.
  6. Serve fried fish with tartare sauce  and lemon wedges.

Tip; you can use lime juice instead of lemon; or coriander, thyme, chives etc or your favorite herb, instead of parsley to make your own signature tartare sauce. Chopped hardboiled egg goes well in the sauce too.

Simply serve with some mashed potato and greens for a complete meal.

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