Chile-Dusted Skate with Citrus Brown Butter

Cool Jicama & Avocado Salad
1 ripe Avocado, peeled & pitted
2 Tbsp White onion, finely minced
Juice of 1/2 large lime
2 Tbsp Fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Segments from 1 large orange, reserve the juice separately
1/3 cup jicama, julienned
To taste Kosher salt

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and mash together. Fold in the orange & jicama. Add the orange juice. Season with salt to taste.

Citrus Brown Butter
10 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
1 Small lemon or lime, seeds removed
To taste Kosher Salt

Heat the butter in a small saucepan over low heat until it browns. Watch carefully as the butter can burn quickly. It will smell like buttered popcorn. It will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes. When the butter is browned, pull it off the heat. Let it cool a little bit and squeeze the lemon or lime into the butter. Taste for salt and add to taste. This may be cooled and reheated.

Masa cake
2 quarts water
2 tsp Kosher salt
2 cups Masa flour
1 cup Manchego cheese, grated
2 tsp Fresh oregano, chopped ( optional)
1 Tbsp oil, mild or olive
1 9x13 pan

Bring water and 1 tsp salt to a boil. Slowly sprinkle in the masa flour. Stir with a whisk. Reduce the heat. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes, whisking occasionally. Add the cheese, taste for seasoning and add the remaining salt, if necessary. Add the oregano. Coat the pan with the oil. Pour the mixture onto the pan and let it cool to room temp. Cover and refrigerate.

Chili Dust for the skate
2 Tbsp Masa flour
2 Tbsp Chile powder

Mix together.

Skate & Plating
4-6 ounce Skate filets
To taste Kosher salt
To taste Black pepper, freshly ground
4 sprigs cilantro
1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
To fry oil to deep fry or 1/4 cup to saute the masa cakes
1/4 cup mild oil to saute the skate

Cut the masa cakes into rounds. Sear or deep fry until golden brown. Set aside and keep warm in a low oven. Season the skate filets with the salt and pepper. Dredge the fish in the chili dust. Heat a pan with oil until hot. Add the skate and brown. Flip and cook the other side until brown. Place the skate on the plate. Place the masa cake next to the skate and top with the avocado salad and a sprig of cilantro. Drizzle the hot citrus butter over the skate. Squeeze 1 wedge of lime over each piece of skate. Garnish with a lime wedge.