Salted rice malt marinated skate cheek
One of my pleasures in life includes crazy food shopping. This means buying foods I have no idea what they are. I than take them home and see what and how I can cook with them. One of my cupboards is full of unknown ingredients. Some I can find on search engines but some are still in their packaging waiting for me to work up a courage and imagination to use them.
I was absolutely delighted when I saw salted rice malt. I had never heard of it and I simply had to buy some. Looking it up I learnt that it is used for marinating, mainly meat, it breaks down proteins, tenderising the meat and adding a subtle sweetness. I couldn’t wait to use it.
Every now and then, but not very often, there are skate cheeks on sale. I have only seen them once before and cooked them with courgette, here is the recipe.
This time I wanted to do something different and I thought it might be time to try the salted rice malt.
Marinated skate cheeks
preparation time 15 minutes
cooking time about 7 minutes
serves 4 as a starter
- 16 skate cheeks/ 4 pp
- enough salted rice malt to cover the trimmed skate cheeks
- oil for pan frying, I used rapeseed oil
Trim the skate cheeks and place them in a bowl. Cover with salted rice malt. It doesn’t look pretty but it will bring out a lot of flavour.
Marinating skate cheeks
Heat the oil in a frying pan on just above medium heat. Don’t wipe the skate cheeks, the salted rice malt will caramelise and taste lovely. Salt them lightly before pan frying.
Pan fry them slowly until just cooked through and serve on a walnut and pomegranate salsa.
I did the walnut and pomegranate salsa the other day and skate cheeks are quite soft and the walnuts and pomegranates gave the dish a nice texture.
I was glad I had bought the salted rice malt and wish I had bought more, or it might be a sign that I need to go shopping again.
I liked these so much I am taking them to the lovely Angie’s Fiesta Friday. She has two amazing co hosts this week, Julianna, Foodie On Board and Zeba, Food for the Soul, both amazing bloggers, what a treat!