4x7oz portions of skate wings

120g picked white crab meat
1lb of freshly cooked Jersey Royals
juice of one lemon
1/2lb fresh baby spinach
knob butter
10g chopped chives
100g baby gherkins
100g baby capers
2 slices of brown bread (for croutons)
handful of baby cress

flour (for dusting)
30ml olive oil

salt and pepper (for seasoning)


  • To cook the Jersey Royals, bring the water to the boil and season well with salt. Carefully add the Jersey Royals and bring back to the boil, lower the heat so that they simmer and leave to cook for approx 20 mins depending on their size
  • Place a sauté pan on the heat and add a few drops of olive oil. Season the skate wings with salt and dust with the flour, tapping off the excess. Place in the sauté pan and fry until golden brown on either side. Put them onto a tray into a pre-heated oven at medium heat for 5-6 minutes
  • Remove the crusts from the slices of bread and cut into cubes. Heat 1-2 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan. Fry for 30 seconds. Add the cubes and fry until crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper
  • Place the Jersey Royals into a bowl with the white crab meat, lemon juice and half the chopped chives. Crush with a fork, check the seasoning and mix together
  • Place four cutters into the centre of four plates and fill them with the Jersey Royal mix. Add a small amount of the baby spinach, which will be cooked by the heat of the Jersey Royals and the skate. Remove the cutters
  • Heat the butter in a small pan until it becomes golden brown then add the capers, gherkins, the rest of the chopped chives, and a little lemon juice
  • Remove the skate from the oven and place on the spinach, pour over the caper and gherkin butter and garnish with the baby cress
  • Serve straight away