The flesh of skate fish has a mild, sweet taste. Some people compare the taste to that of scallops, while other people compare it to the taste of white fish.
Skate is a fish with a delicate interior, and it has a mild, pronounced flavor with a sweet taste; however, if overcooked, it becomes stringy and the flesh breaks. The exterior skin must be removed when preparing the fish as its exterior is similar to gritty shark skin. The flesh of the skate fish is light beige to pink in color, and it becomes off-white after being cooked. The wings of the fish are commonly eaten; however, as the wings go bad, they begin to smell and taste like ammonia.
In France, skate is considered a gourmet fish. The French like to sauté the fish in butter.