4skate wings (about 180gm each, see note)100 gmbutter, coarsely chopped65 gm(1/3 cup) capers, rinsed and drained¼ cupthyme sprigs60 ml(¼ cup) lemon juice1lemon, peeled and segmentedTo serve:blanched green beansLemon salt-baked potatoes2lemons, finely grated rind only125 gm(1 cup) sea salt flakes1 kgNicola or other small cocktail potatoes
For lemon salt-baked potatoes, preheat oven to 200C. Combine lemon rind and salt in a bowl. Scatter half the mixture over the base of a baking dish large enough to fit potatoes snugly in a single layer. Spread potatoes evenly over salt, cover with remaining salt and bake until golden and tender (20-30 minutes). Brush off excess salt and keep warm.
Meanwhile, season skate wings to taste and set aside. Heat butter in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat until foamy and starting to colour. Add skate wings, capers and thyme and cook until just cooked through (1-2 minutes on each side). Transfer to serving plates, add lemon juice and segments to butter, stir to combine (1 minute), then drizzle over skate. Serve immediately with salt-baked potatoes and green beans to the side.
Note Skate wings may need to be ordered in advance from your fishmonger.