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Dinner Tonight: Pan-Fried Skate Wing with Capers

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Skate wing is one of those things that I've seen a dozen times on cooking shows and almost never at an actual fishmonger. So when I spotted it recently at Super H Mart, I decided to see what I could do with it before even searching for a recipe. I figured there would be something in my fridge that would help me get acquainted.

Thanks to a recipe from the New York Times, that help turned out to be a container of capers. Pan-frying fish, and then making a simple caper sauce, is a good trick. But with the skate wing, it becomes a little more interesting.

When dipped in flour, the skate wing crisps up beautifully and the capers take care of the rest. Sure, red pepper and shallots may add some color, but it's the briny capers that really carry the sauce and help balance the creamy flesh of the skate.

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