Poached Skate with Oregon Black Truffle Butter
While it's highly prized in Asia and Europe,
skate is a frequently overlooked fish that is
unfamiliar to many Americans.
Skate is surprisingly inexpensive and is
often readily available in the frozen section
of well-stocked Asian markets. With a tender
texture and mild flavor, skate is an
interesting fish that is well worth seeking out.
There are many classic recipes which feature
this member of the ray family. One method
which works particularly well with skate is
faster and easier than you might expect. If
you make your compound butter in advance,
you've got dinner, start to finish, in under
Fill a large shallow covered pan half full with water. The pan should be large enough to accommodate all of the vegetables and the fish.
Add the carrot, fennel, lemon, peppercorns, salt and chiles, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a very low simmer.
Add the skate, cover and cook for 5 - 8 minutes. The skate will cook very quickly, so be sure that it does not overcook.
Remove the skate from the poaching pan to a serving plate. Top with a slice of the Oregon Black Truffle compound butter and serve immediately.