Lon had this idea for cutting skate into strips because it looks like nature intended for us to do so. See the lines already marked for you? (I cut them at every other line.)

skate cut ckate

I decided it would be perfect for a simple Chinese preparation, Salt & Pepper style. I’ve never had skate in a Chinese restaurant so this is not a classic dish, but more my interpretation.

Salt & Pepper Skate
~makes two entree portions


  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Cornmeal
  • 9.5 ounces Skate Strips
  • 2 teaspoons Vegetable Oil + enough for frying
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Onions
  • Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


1. In a medium sized bowl, mix together corn starch and cornmeal. Toss skate strips in and coat evenly.

2. Heat frying oil in a wok. Prepare a bowl with paper towel on the side. Fry skate strips (you may need to do it in 2 batches) and put finished strips on paper towels. Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and pepper.

frying skate
fried skate

3. Quickly dump the oil in the wok and heat the 2 teaspoons of oil. Quickly stir fry the onion for just a few seconds. You want them to remain crisp. Season.

4. Plate fish and onion together. In Chinese restaurants Salt and Pepper dishes are often plated on a bed of shredded lettuce, but I didn’t have any.

salt and pepper skate 2
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