Thursday, October 22, 2009

Spotted Skate Wing with Braised Red Cabbage and Mustard Sauce

Another day, another recipe.

Today I made Spotted Skate Wing with Braised Red Cabbage and Mustard Sauce.

What is a skate you ask? Well... it is a strange little fish that honestly doesn't look that appetizing at first glance:
Mmmmmm doesn't that look delicious?


To be honest, I wasn't a fan of this funny looking creature until semi-recently, but now that I've been converted, I am in love. It is a very forgiving fish to cook and it does not taste even remotely "fishy."

So... getting started.

My first task of the day was to prepare the braised cabbage, because it needed to go into the oven to cook for 3 hours. Nothing is ever easy is it?

First, I trimmed the ribs from my red cabbage and then sliced it into a chiffonade. I put it all in a bowl and added some red wine, tossing to coat:

The mixture went into the fridge to marinate for a few hours. Then, I melted some butter in a saucepan and added the cabbage and the wine, as well as some grated apple and veal stock. The pan went into the oven for two hours and when it came out looked like this:

Then, I added some grated russet potato and wildflower honey and returned the pan to the oven for another 45 minutes. The finished product looked like this:

Creamy and smooth - just needed a touch of salt and pepper.

Next, I started the mustard sauce. First, I chopped up some leeks, mushrooms and carrots:

Then, I sauteed them in some canola oil until they were just browned, and added some veal stock:

This simmered down for about 5 minutes to create a glace (basically a sauce that is the base for another sauce). Then, I added a whole bunch of butter one piece at a time to the glace until I had a thick sauce. The sauce went through a chinois and back into the pot:

You can see in this photo that my sauce was starting to break... so annoying. But I fixed it by adding just a little bit of water and bringing it back to a simmer while whisking! To the butter mixture I added dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, some brunoise and chopped chives. I kept the sauce warm on the stove while I started the final step.

Cooking the fish was relatively easy. I first dusted both pieces with flour and seasoned them with salt. Then, I cooked them in a pan of fully heated canola oil for about 2 minutes on the first side...

And another minute on the second side, while continuing to baste the tops of the skate with the hot oil to add more color.

Time to plate! First the sauce, then the braised cabbage, and finally a piece of skate. Here's the finished product:

The fish was flaky, but not at all dry and had a really nice crisp on the outside. The sauce was, of course, fantastic because it was loaded with butter... :) For anyone skeptical about skate-- once you try this dish, you'll be a skate-lover forever.

If you have read this far, I beg of you to leave me a comment! Pretty pretty please?

Up Next: Something sweet!

Specialty Cookware: A Cook's Companion, Brooklyn, NY
Seafood: Fish Tales, Brooklyn, NY
Grocery Items and Produce: MET Foods, Brooklyn, NY


  1. Nice blog Jen, I really like all the photos you include.

  2. Chris and I catch skate all the time when we are fishing. Usually we throw them back but now that I know they are tasty we will be bringing them back to the kitchen. Recipe looks great!


  3. I literally smelled this dish from the sidewalk when I popped in on you yesterday! Looks like it turned out great. Love how you fixed the broken sauce; you're turning into a pro.

  4. Jen: When can we come over for dinner? Skate, please. I love fish. This looks heavanly.

  5. And Roz said, ditto. Love the photos. When you branch out with your own recipes, you'll have a publishers dream. xxoo Roz

  6. Jen, I never cease to be amazed at your cooking. This is quite the undertaking; far more complicated than Julia Child!

    I love the blog. Nice work!

  7. Well, I fell in love with the sauce & cabbage...but I don't think I could eat that...thing. I think dh catches them too, he tells me all about his fishing escapades, but I don't listen. I hate fish. I'll eat salmon & seafood. I'm thinking maybe I could use tuna.