Skate Wing is a thin and mild white fish related to the eel family and when filleted, it looks like a bird’s wing and is relatively thin. In restaurants, this particular fish is served with brown butter sauce, but with a little Mexican seasoning, it makes a great tostada. The thin fillet is easy to sear in a hot pan, to create an crunchy exterior and it also lays perfectly flat on top of a tortilla, which is nice to pile high with lettuce, black beans and some pickled jalapenos.
Skate Wing can sometimes be difficult to find in regular grocery stores, but fish markets, during certain times of the year, will carry it. If you can’t find skate wing, you can substitute sea bass, Mexican halibut or snapper, but I think you will enjoy the flavor of skate wing, so try something new and prepare it for your friends and family.
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 – 15 ounce can black beans, drained
1/2 small onion, diced
4-6 corn tortillas
2 – 8 ounce skate wing fillets, cut in half
1 lime, cut in wedges
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups lettuce, any variety
1/4 cup pickled jalapenos
1. In a small bowl, add all dry spices and stir together. Set aside. To make the black beans, add diced onion to a small pot with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon of spice mixture and saute over medium heat. Next, add black beans and mash with potato masher or fork and add 1/2 cup of water to the beans and simmer on low until water is absorbed, about 8 minutes. In a saute pan over medium heat, fry the tortillas with 2 tablespoons olive oil and set aside.
3. Sprinkle spice mixture over skate wings and place the fish in the same saute pan as you cooked the tortillas and sear until lightly brown, about 2 minutes.
4. Flip fillets over and cook for 3 minutes on the other side. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the fillets and remove from the pan.
5. Place tortillas on a plate, followed by 2 tablespoons of black beans and a skate wing fillet.
6. Next, sprinkle tostadas with cheese, lettuce and pickled jalapenos. Enjoy!