Tempura skate cheeks

If you have access to a good fishmonger, do try Judy Joos recipe for skate cheeks prepared with oriental flare
By Judy Joo
Tempura skate cheeks
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: medium


  • rapeseed or groundnut oil, for deep frying
  • 1 egg
  • 250 ml ice cold water
  • 160 g tempura flour
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tbsp shichimi togarashi Japanese 7-spice powder
  • 1 bunch tenderstem broccoli
  • 12 skate, cheeks
  • lime wedges, to garnish

For the dipping sauce

  • 4 tbsp kewpie - Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp sriacha - Thai hot chilli sauce

For the salad

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • dash soy sauce
  • 4 small handfuls mixed salad leaves

Tips and Suggestions

To buy the special ingredients that bring authentic flavour to this recipe, try Asian or Oriental supermarkets, or check online.

Kewpie mayonnaise is the most popular brand of mayo in Japan. The taste is a little sweeter than Western mayonnaise and the colour is creamier. It is made with cider vinegar and keeps it's consistency well if heated.


1. Start to heat the oil for frying to 180C in a deep fat fryer or large heavy-based saucepan. Use a thermometer to check the temperature.

2. Whisk together the egg and the ice cold water. Tip in the tempura flour, Old Bay seasoning and togarashi and mix together very slightly with chopsticks - dont overmix as you still want the batter to have lumps of flour in it.

3. Dip the tenderstem broccoli in the batter, then carefully lower into the hot oil, in batches if necessary, and fry until golden brown, about 45 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Keep warm.

4. Dip the skate cheeks in the batter and fry until golden brown, in batches if necessary, for about 2-3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

5. For the dipping sauce: while the fish is frying, combine both ingredients well.

6. For the salad: whisk the oil, both the vinegars and the soy sauce together, then toss with the mixed salad leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with the tempura fish and tenderstem broccoli, and with the creamy dipping sauce on the side. Garnish with lime wedges.

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