Crispy Skate with Browned Butter, Capers and Pickled Radishes
Dusting the fish with rice flour and cooking in a hot skillet creates a skate that is “crispy.”
Wash and dry the skate fillets. Place on a piece of waxed paper. Season with salt and pepper, dust with rice flour. Turn over, repeat.
Heat a heavy (I used a seasoned cast iron skillet) pan, add 1T. oil and 1 t. butter. When hot and sizzling, add the fish fillets. Let them cook and crisp up, DO NOT move them around in the pan. After 1 minute, lift an edge with a large spatula – peak to see if it is VERY golden.
When very golden (this adds tons of flavor,) carefully turn over in one big sweep. Reduce heat slightly, let fish cook until golden on the second side, just a few minutes. Remove to individual plates.
For sauce: Heat the 2 T. butter in a small skillet. Add the garlic and over moderate – high heat, melt butter, then continue to cook until the butter has just browned. Discard the garlic.
Remove from the heat, add rosemary leaves and capers. Stir, then add 2T. pickled radishes and 1 T. of pickled radish juice. Immediately pour over the fish.
Season with a sprinkle of salt and fresh cracked pepper. Garnish with fresh chopped summer herbs and serve.