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The other weekend went out with some friends and caught 7 skates and 3 dogfish (and a sandbar shark) but tossed them all back.  Later I'm told by some friends that skates and dogfish are good eating.  Of course they have no clue how to prepare them.  I found a thread here about dogfish and might give that a try, but what about skates? Good eating? Just toss them back? Shark bait?  If you eat them (and I saw a few youtube videos of people who do) how do you prepare them? Thanks!

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Pan-Fried Skate Wings With Capers


4 boneless, skinless skate wings, about 1 1/2 pounds total
½ cup milk
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour for dredging
3 tablespoons vegetable or corn oil
4 tablespoons butter
½ cup sweet red peppers cut into 1/4-inch cubes
⅓ cup drained capers
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons finely chopped parsley


Put the skate fillets in a dish large enough to hold them in one layer. Pour the milk over them and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Turn the fillets in the milk so they are coated on both sides.

Scatter the flour over a large dish. Lightly dredge the fillets in the flour on both sides.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the fillets. If it is necessary to do this in two batches, use the same oil. Saute on one side until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side until golden brown, about 3 minutes more. When the fillets are done, transfer them to a warm platter or serving plate.

Wipe out the pan with a paper towel and return the skillet to the heat. Melt the butter and add the red peppers, shaking the pan frequently until the butter turns light brown. Add the capers, cook briefly, and add the shallots, vinegar and parsley. Cook briefly; then stir and pour the sauce over each fillet evenly. Serve immediately.

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