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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Baked Skate with Orange-and-Date Salsa

Skates are flat, ray-like fish whose diamond-shaped, striated filets are easy to spot in the fish market. Its mild flavor and delicate texture make this fish a favorite, even among picky fish eaters. They also make it fast from the pan to the plate—about seven minutes in a 400°F oven.

Here, I topped the skate with a simple, fresh salsa made with sweet, chewy dates and the citrusy flavors of orange and lime. A bed of rice or farro rounds out this easy, light, and inviting dinner for two.

Serves 2

  • 2 large dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 small scallion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped peeled naval orange
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 6-oz skate filets
  • olive oil, for rubbing
  • cooked farro or rice, for serving
  1. Combine the dates and next 5 ingredients (through lime juice) in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
Orange-and-Date Salsa
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a shallow baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Rub the fish on both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until tender and flakes easily with a fork, 7-8 minutes.
Ready to Bake
Divide the farro or rice between 2 plates and top each with a skate filet. Spoon salsa on top and pass any remaining salsa at the table.

Baked Skate Fish with Orange-and-Date Salsa

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