Skate are bottom-dwelling fish that look something like a cross between a fish and a sting ray. These fish are a member of the ray family, a cousin of sharks, with pectoral fins that are so large that they appear to be wings, hence the term "skate wing." Most people never realize the resemblance to a wing, as skate wing is usually purchased skinned and filleted.
Skate wing has long been a favorite in French culture and is becoming increasingly popular in North America.
Skate wing in brown butter is a popular way to cook the fish. This French-inspired skate wing with brown butter recipe is simple, but delicious, as the flavor of the skate can truly stand out.