By now you’ll have guessed from my recipes that I like to keep my seafood dishes nice and simple, letting the fish speak for itself, it’s only as I’ve got older and wiser that I’ve thought this way, in my early years I thought I had to throw everything at a dish to make it the best! But now just a few simple ingredients, and, you have perfection 

This dish that I’m going to share with you is as simple as a recipe can be, but fantastic in its simplicity 

If I had my own restaurant, this is the type of thing I’d like to do, no faff, just great tasting seafood 


2 skate wings 

Splash of olive oil 

50g of butter 

A good handful of fresh parsley 

1 lemon 

Half a handful of capers 

A splash of red wine vinegar 


Heat a good splash of olive oil in a nonstick pan 

Carefully place in the skate wings and fry gently until golden, carefully turn them over and cook the same 

Place into a preheated oven 190c for 8-10 minutes until the wings are cooked 

Remove the pan from the oven and place the wings on warm plates 

Now add the butter to the pan

Add the splash of red wine vinegar and cook until the butter begins to go brown 

Now add the capers, a couple of fine grates of lemon, a good squeeze of lemon, season to taste, finally finish with the chopped parsley 

Pour the sauce over the skate wings and serve with some new potatoes and a green salad 

I don’t think that you can get much simpler or tastier than that?!! 

Written by Jon Fell

Head Chef Rosehill Theatre, Chef on the Simply Good Food TV app, run a Seafood Cookery Class at Peter Sidwell Cookery School, Newspaper food columnist

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