Winter Skate

Leucoraja ocellata

Fishing Region: Northwest Atlantic, New England, USA

Product Form

Skinless skate wings, either fully or lightly trimmed, IWP,  cartons 5 kilos net weight Skin-ON skate wings, block-frozen, in cartons of 10 kilos are also available

Description

Skate do not have hard bones.  Instead, like sharks, their skeletons are made of cartilage.

Usually only the meat of the wings is eaten, but skate cheeks are a real delicacy.  They are scallop-like in shape, more tender than a scallop, and have a nice mild flavor.

Since skinning skate wings is difficult, most retailers sell the wings already skinned.  More recently some retailers offer boneless skate fillets.

Skate is part of the traditional cuisine in many European and Asian cultures.

In France the wings are usually steamed and served with browned butter and capers, or lemon-butter.

In Korea skate steamed skate wings are popular.  Another famous Korean dish is Hongeo-hoe ,  which is raw fermented skate, thinly sliced with the middle cartilage included.  It has a very strong ammonia odor.

For futher reading:

NOAA general description: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/winter-skate

Sustainable management of Skate Fisheries: https://www.nefmc.org/management-plans/skates

Product information

Other names: Spotted Skate, Big Skate, Eyed Skate

Range: Winter Skate is found in the Atlantic Ocean of North America, From the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada, through New England coastal states such as Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as far south as North Carolina.  Product of USA

Product form: Skinless skate wings, either fully or lightly trimmed, IWP,  cartons 5 kilos net weight
Skin-ON skate wings, block-frozen, in cartons of 10 kilos are also available

Specifications

Product form: Skinless skate wings, either fully or lightly trimmed, IWP,  cartons 5 kilos net weight
Skin-ON skate wings, block-frozen, in cartons of 10 kilos are also available