Skate with Italian Pasta
Prepared by Chef Fred Madonna


2 Skinned Skate Wings
Spaghetti #5
Kalamata Olives
Artichoke Hearts
Freshed Stewed Tomatoes
Spanish & White onion
White Wine
Chicken Broth

Debone the skate wing and then fillet it
Cut skate filet into to strips
Place skate in flour with seasoning
Warm-up sauce pan with olive oil and put floured filet into pan
Brown skate but do not overcook
Before the 1st flip add remaining ingredients, stir and simmer
Pour sauce over already cooked pasta
Viking Village
Box 458
1801 Bayview Ave
Barnegat Light
New Jersey 08006
Fax 361-9536

Viking Village
•Geographic range: The winter skate is found in the western Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland Banks and the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Canada), south to North Carolina (US).
•Habitat: Residing in waters from the surface to 300 feet (90 m) in depth, the winter skate prefers sand and gravel bottoms in shoal water in the northern portion of its range. This skate is relatively inactive during the day, with most activity occurring during the night time hours.
•Maximum size: Winter skate are large-bodied potentially reaching sizes of 150 cm  
•Life span: Winter Skate can reach ages of about 20 years. 
•Reaches reproductive maturity: Sexual maturity is reached at a large size of around 74 cm at about age 12
•Food: As a non-selective predator, the diet of the winter skate includes fish and crustaceans.
•Reproduction: Winter skates are oviparous. Each female produces approximately 40 egg cases per year, each containing one embryo. •Spawning grounds: The egg cases are released by the female in offshore waters on rock bottom habitats.
•Spawning season: Although there is no defined reproductive season, winter skate reproduction peaks during the summer months. 
•Growth rate:.This species is slow-growing, late-maturing and long-lived.
•Migrations:   In the southern parts of its range the winter skate appears to move shoreward in autumn and offshore in the summer, suggesting a preference for cooler temperatures. 
•Predators: Predators of the winter skate are primarily large fishes.
•Commercial or recreational interest: Commercial
•Distinguishing characteristics:The disc of the winter skate is rounded with blunt pectoral fin tips.The snout is bluntly rounded. The first and second dorsal fins are similar size and shape.The tail has narrow lateral folds with males possessing claspers that trail about halfway down the length of the tail. The winter skate is light brown dorsally with many roundish dark spots.There is whitish translucent area on each side of the snout in front of the eyes.
{Excerpted from NOAA/NMFS Fishwatch}
     Winter Skate are found only in the western North Atlantic. The northernmost limit of the winter skate range is the south coast of NewFoundland, from which it ranges  southward to Cape Hatteras.  They are plentiful in our coastal waters throughout the year except for the warmer summer months.
    At Viking Village the species has long been a bycatch fishery for scalloping and monkfishing but in recent years has been targeted by gillnetters as some traditional fisheries have declined. 

Winter Skate
Skatewing Recipes 
Skate Wing with Brown Butter
A classic Skate Recipe

Skate wings in brown butter is a great way to cook these odd relatives of the shark. Saltwater anglers catch lots of skates while looking for other fish, and they are perfectly tasty once you skin them, remove the tough centerline of cartilage and cook them gently -- don't over cook skate wings or they will become rubbery.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

1-2 pounds skate wings, filleted and skinned
4 T unsalted butter
Flour for dusting
1/4 cup white wine
2 T fine chopped chives, for garnish

Take the skate wings out of the fridge and salt lightly. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Heat a pan over high heat for 3 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium-high and put in 2 tablespoons butter.
Meanwhile, dredge the skate wings in flour and shake off the excess. Fry in the butter over medium heat, about 2-3 minutes per side. Be careful when turning, their odd muscle structure makes them difficult to flip without breaking.
Remove the skate wings to a warm oven and add the 2 other tablespoons of butter. Cook over medium heat until the butter is a light brown. Add the wine -- it will spatter. Scrape any bits that may have stuck on the bottom and cook off the alcohol, about 2-3 minutes.
Sauce the skate wings, garnish with the chives and serve immediately. This goes well with simple rice dishes or mashed potatoes. For a wine, try a Sancerre or a Greek assyrtiko.
to watch video of 
Skate Preparation and a Cooking Demonstration by 
Off the Hook Chef 
Fred Madonna preparing 
his personal recipe for 
Skate with 
Italian Pasta.