Skating on Thin Ice – Skate Wing with Prawns

Well, with my track record of falling into holes, walking into lamp posts and generally bumping into things, it´s probably a good thing that there are no local ice rinks for me to run amok in!

Skate with prawns (2)

Best to stick to Skate (ray) of the edible variety.  Here´s a super simple dish, which is quick to cook if the skate is already prepared. If not, check out this “how to” post. Aside from using the biggest frying pan you can get your hands on, it´s all plain sailing. Or skating…

Ingredients (per person)

  • 1 whole skate wing (or half if it´s as enormous as the one I bought)
  • Half a cup of raw peeled prawns (or you can use cooked)
  • Flour for dusting
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lemon
  • One clove of crushed garlic
  • Olive oil and butter for frying (or you can use just oil)

Dust the skate wing in seasoned flour and fry gently on both sides until lightly browned. Remove and keep warm while you fry the garlic and prawns until the prawns are cooked through and pink (if raw) or just warmed through if already cooked.

Squeeze a little lemon juice into the pan with the prawns and garlic and the oil/butter then pour over the skate to serve. Easier than a triple salchow. Whatever that is.

If, like me, you prefer a walk in the bright Winter sunshine to skating, hope you enjoy this shot of the beach at Bexhill on New Year´s Day morning where we walked with the dogs. Yes….we´re back in England to finish of the last bits of work in House No 2!

1 Enero 2013 (1)


66 thoughts on “Skating on Thin Ice – Skate Wing with Prawns

  1. Yes, much better than skating on ice, something I’ve never managed to do! I’ve never eaten skate either but have been told I’d like it because I don’t like fish bones, so maybe I’ll try this because it sounds delicious. It looks as though you had a lovely sunny morning on the beach. Happy new year!

  2. I used to ice skate – but my knees would let you know how well 😦
    I like skate – no bones. It’s ages since I ate it so thank you for reminding me about it.
    Happy New Year – and I hope you enjoyed your walk on what was a beautiful, if cold, day.

  3. In our kitchen, there is a very good stainless-steel frying pan with a badly-pitted cooking surface – the result of Hubby’s best friend (a chef, no less!) making skate in browned butter one night. To this day, I have no idea how the pan got ruined…Our chef-friend is no longer with us (cancer), but we keep the JP Memorial Pan in a place of honor…
    And that was the last time skate was prepared in our kitchen!
    Thanks for the memory, Tanya – even if I won’t be cooking it anytime soon 😀

  4. I have the same accident prone issue! I’ve twice walked into our staircase and bruised my bruise! I have to try skate next time we are in the UK 🙂

  5. Wow! This is easy, Tanya! I’ve seen skate and wondered how it should be prepared and had no idea it could be this simple. Thanks to you, I now have another fish to buy at the fishmonger’s. Do you sense the fear in the seas? Soon, no fish will be safe from my skillet!

  6. I never have nor do i have any intention of skating on ice at all.. I am more than happy with a walk on the beach, and seafood for dinner! c

  7. I was just about to ask when you were headed back to England when I scrolled the rest of the way down and saw the beautiful beach shot of Bexhill! The beach and seafood sounds like a grand way to start the new year. Love the colors of the pink shrimp and the skate. Happy New Year, Tanya!

    1. There´s a great new Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall programme called something like “Take 3 good things” and chefs create beautiful dishes from a few very simple but top quality ingredients. Just goes to show, you don´t always need lots of bells and whistles to make something taste great!

  8. I don’t think I’ve ever seen skate Tanya, but what you’ve done with it sounds (looks!) fantastic! And now, back in England, and on a sunny beach no less! Wishing you and that Big Man of yours big love, good health, much happiness, and continued good adventure!

  9. Hmm, I have trouble doing a gentle curve when on skates, never mind the triple salchow: I’ll ‘ooh’ and ‘aah at the Winter Olympics for that and stay with the fish: have not cooked it awhile but your dish looks wonderfully simple and appetizing. And a whole sunlit beach [in England!!!!!] to enjoy with the dogs, all on your own: a Yule present and a half!!

    1. It was a fabulous walk although it was getting crowded by the time we left! I´ve only skated a vfew times (many years ago) and a few glasses of mulled wine helped to relax me 😉

  10. Five minutes later am back!! My next blog post came from South Africa and also included a wonderfully photographed 3 1/2 hour beach walk. I’m an IT illiterate, so can’t put the link down, but the email address for this, one of my fave sites, is simply ‘Notes from Africa’ [Lisa], a great place for photos, books, history and all else interesting!

      1. No, I’m still the proverbial cuckoo in everyone’s nest! A ‘little complicated’ stuck out here in the country: a number of friends are very encouraging and offering to help technically – perhaps in six months time 🙂 ! Sorry about the impulsive gesture of the link – but the two walks came one after the other: one in wintery England, the other in summery South Africa and the two beaches somehow looked similar 🙂 ! Oh, Lisa is awfully ‘good value’; I ‘joined’ because of geography and stayed for pure enjoyment!!

  11. Skate wing–first I’ve heard of it. We’ll keep an eye out for it at the fishmonger. Beautiful photo and I hope all goes well with house #2!

  12. I feel a television show coming on…”The yo-yo renovators”…I reacon you are up for it! Although I won’t be eating any skate and prawns any day soon, Steve has rekindled his love of fishing and is tentatively going out in his inherited aluminium dinghy and we have stingrays out in the river as well as prawns (apparently…we are new to exploring this part of the river) and so who knows WHAT he will come home with. Most probably blowfish BUT there is a chance of a lot more so I might be cooking him this meal at some time in the future 🙂

      1. Lets just hope that they release a few more salmon from the salmon farm around the corner…there aren’t easier fish to catch! 😉

  13. Oh, I haven’t eaten skate in many years – your meal looks beyond SCRUMITY! Think I should invite myself over next time you make it. 😀
    Enjoy finishing up house 2.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  14. Skate was one of my mum’s favourite fish, she would always order it if it was on the menu in the fish and chip shop! It’s an old fashioned favourite, love the way you’ve cooked it in this recipe xx

  15. Morning! Just wanted to let you know that your recipe has been featured over at BritMum’s (The UK’s largest online network of Bloggers) in the January Healthy Food Round up! Best wishes. Emma 🙂

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